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The County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program was launched in 2005 and since that time has coordinated the placement of more than 950 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s).  Public Access Defibrillators (PAD’s) can now be found in most Public, Catholic and participating French schools throughout Simcoe County.  PAD’s are also prominently located in most arenas, community centres, and sports facilities, as well as most township, municipal and city buildings.  Many other public places and private businesses also have PAD’s available in their facilities.       

Public Access Defibrillation

 To date the County of Simcoe PAD program has had 20 saves within Simcoe County.  These saves are attributed to the quick administration of CPR and AED use by community members.  To view a video on the importance of recognizing the signs of cardiac arrest and commencing CPR click here.  

In 2020 the Ontario Government passed the Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, which requires the owners of PAD’s located in public buildings to adhere to certain requirements.  These specifications require that owners have their PAD(s)​ registered with their local Ambulance Communications Centre, strategically placed and clearly signed, and maintained/monitored to ensure the PAD(s) remain ready to use in the event of a cardiac arrest.  To encourage the likelihood of the PAD(s) being used, and to increase the quality of CPR performed in response to a cardiac emergency, this Act also promotes CPR/AED training.  With the support of the CSPS PAD Program, its members are currently in good standing with this new Act.  Please click the link below to see the details of the Act.

Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act

Organizations interested in placing an AED in their facility should contact:

PAD Program Coordinator
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Public Access Defibrillator Program
110 Fairview Road, Barrie, ON  L4N 8X8
Main Line (705) 726-9300 ext 1450 or Toll Free: 1 (866) 893-9300 ext 1450
Fax: (705) 725-5495

Register your defibrillator with 911

​View a promotional video on hands only CPR.



Step 1: Call 911

Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest

Step 3: Don’t hesitate, you can’t do harm

The PAD program is involved in a number of community and outreach events such as Save-a-Life CPR Days, the Kiwanis Club Children’s Safety Village, Barrie Police Junior Constable Camp, school visits, and Paramedic Services Week to name a few.

The PAD program also offers a variety of group training courses to facilities enrolled in our PAD Program and to County employees.

Course Name Outline Length of Course


Adult & child CPR, AED and choking modules 4  hours
*CPR C/HCP Adult, child and infant CPR, AED and choking modules with rescue breathing, BVM use and CPR with advanced airway insertion 4.5 hours
*Standard First Aid WSIB recognized standard first aid course  including CPR C 16 hours
*Emergency First Aid WSIB recognized emergency first aid course  including CPR C 8 hours
*Standard or Emergency   First Aid Recertification WSIB recognized standard or emergency first aid course  renewal including Heartsaver CPR AED 8 hours
*Oxygen Therapy Course Safe application and use of oxygen therapy and related equipment for health care providers 4 hours

 *Only available to facilities registered in the PAD program or County of Simcoe employees.

Our paramedics and instructors have trained over 14,000 community members in CPR / AED.