Public Health Department (PHD)


Thank you for your interest in starting a public access defibrillation project in Santa Barbara County. Early defibrillation has been proven to saves lives and improve the lives of people that suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. 

You can make a difference!

Did you know that?

  • Over 700 lives are lost every day to sudden cardiac arrest in the United States alone.
  • Two out of every three sudden cardiac deaths occur before a victim can reach a hospital.
  • More than 95 percent of these cardiac arrest victims will die, many because of a lack of readily available life saving medical equipment.
  • Once a victim has suffered a cardiac arrest, every minute that passes before returning the heart to a normal rhythm decreases the chance of survival by 10 percent.
  • Communities that have implemented programs ensuring widespread public access to defibrillators, combined with appropriate training, maintenance, and coordination with local emergency medical systems, have dramatically improved the survival rates from cardiac arrest
    (Findings made by Congress in the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of November 2000)


What is the legal requirement for an AED?
Effective July 1, 2007, all health clubs and health studios in California are required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) program in place as required in the California Health and Safety Code, Section 104113. 
Which health clubs and health studios are affected?
For the purposes of this law, health clubs and health studios mean any facility permitting the use of its facilities and equipment or access to its facilities and equipment to individuals or groups for physical exercise, body building, reducing, figure development, fitness training or any other similar purpose on a membership basis. Health clubs and health studios do not include any hotel or similar business that offers fitness facilities to its registered guests for a fee or as part of hotel charges. 



Interested in starting a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program  

PAD Notification form


Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency
300 N. San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Tel (805) 681-5274 - Fax (805) 681-5142  map