AED Loan Program

An Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, can give a second chance to a person suffering cardiac arrest. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal heart rhythm to resume.

However, to be effective, AEDs must also be at hand. A victim's chance of survival drops by 7 to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn't restored.

While these devices are common in many businesses, schools and public venues, many gatherings and events take place without one nearby. To help make this lifesaving technology more readily available, we are proud to announce the Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue AED Loan Program.

Request an AED loan

By completing an AED Loan Request Form, you can request an AED unit on a temporary basis, free of charge! If you are an event organizer or are in charge of planning a significant group happening, consider the following:

  • Does the host venue lack AEDs?
  • Are any of the attendees at risk for cardiac arrest such as elderly guests, athletes engaging in strenuous activities or a specific guest with a known history of cardiac episodes?
  • Are you planning a large-scale event with more than 50 people?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, getting a loaned AED from Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue may be a wise step toward ensuring your event is as safe as you can make it.

What kinds of events could benefit from having an AED on loan from Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue?

  • Community events
  • Company picnics
  • Activities for groups of elderly participants
  • Large family or neighborhood gatherings
  • Sporting or athletic events

Loan procedures

Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue's AED Loan Program is free and available for events within the Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue service area. Requests must be received no later than two weeks in advance and will be reviewed subject to unit and training availability.

Once your request has been approved, Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue will schedule you for chest compression training and a review of the AED Instruction Video. (For those with an active CPR certification card, the chest compression training is optional.) Then, an AED unit will be issued to you for your requested event. The unit must be returned to Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue following your event.

Training, unit pickup and return are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For weekend events, units may be picked up the Friday prior to the event and returned the following Monday.

Considering the prevalence of heart disease in the United States, having an AED on hand can give you peace of mind and could make a lifesaving difference for one of your event guests.


For more information on this life-saving service, please contact HGH AED Program Administrator Debbie Whittaker at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1363 or email

To view a map of AED placements in the Winnemucca and Paradise Valley areas, please click here.