Public Access Defibrillator


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Public Access Defibrillator (P.A.D.)

Chase McEachern was an 11yr old Barrie Hockey player who developed a cardiac arrhythmia as a result of an injury he sustained playing football.  He made it his quest to make Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) mandatory in hockey arenas and schools even soliciting support from Don Cherry, Hockey Night in Canada’s well known commentator.  In April 2006, with the backing of The Heart and Stroke Foundation, (HSFO), the Ontario Government and Private sponsors the Public Access Defibrillator (P.A.D) Program was born.  Since, the program has worked to place 2161 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) units across Ontario.

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In Perth County, Perth County Emergency Services and the County of Perth have worked with the HSFO and its partners Cowan Insurance and the Trillium Foundation of Ontario to place 46 AED’s in public buildings across the County.  This has all been possible due to overwhelming support from City of Stratford, The Town of St Mary’s, The Municipality of North Perth, Municipality of West Perth, Township of Perth south and Township of Perth East, as well as both The Huron Perth Catholic School Board and the Avon Maitland District School Board, and with generous contributions from the Rotary Club of Stratford, The Festival Theatre, Hog Jog of Stratford and public donations. The program continues to grow, and is working through these partnerships to secure AEDs for all elementary schools within the County.

If you would like more information on the Provincial Program, the 21 lives saved to date, CPR events, or the chain of survival, check the HSFO; Restart a Heart, a Life web site:

If you would like information on the P.A.D program in Perth County please contact the Emergency Services (ES) department on the Contact Us page. 

AED Unit Locations

Perth County AED Locations are available on an Interactive map.

Click on this link or the image below.