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Forsyth County selected as part of an AED drone pilot program to save more lives

The modern technology will help improve the safety of residents and visitors each year.

WStoday: AED drone delivery program

The AED will arrive within minutes of the emergency call with the goal to be delivered to a bystander who will then assist the patient.

Photo by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office via Instagram

It’s National CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week and Forsyth County is ramping up efforts to save more lives.

Duke University selected Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) to be part of AED drone study due to its past experiences with drones. It will be funded with a $4 million grant from the American Heart Association.

FCSO will partner with Forsyth County EMS on the project. Live 911 calls will be streamed to FCSO drone pilots, who will listen for keywords like “no pulse” or “unconscious.” Drone pilots will dispatch an AED before fire or EMS arrive on site. The goal is to get the tool into the hands of a bystander who can assist the person suffering cardiac arrest. Their chances of survival increase the quicker the device is used.

FCSO is hoping to implement this program as early as fall 2024 with hopes to make it permanent in the future.