Boca Raton, FL – January 31, 2014— On Saturday night, January 25th, a volunteer member of the local Fire Department in Hot Springs, Arkansas received a text from Atrus’ AED Link system asking her to respond to a reported SCA event that was 2 blocks from where she was. She is listed in Atrus’ National AED Registry ( as a responder for the AED she has in her car.

Although she was on her way to a non-medical call, she texted back “ok”. When she arrived, ready to use the AED, the victim was not in cardiac arrest. “Atrus did its job!” David Baumgardner, President/C.E.O. of Texarkana, TX based LifeNet EMS said.

EMS officials also pointed out that she reported receiving the text nearly 2 minutes before the notification from the local dispatch center.

LifeNet EMS, Atrus’ local dispatch provider reported that this is the second time this volunteer has been called to assist with her AED. “Your program really works great for our area. We are continuing with the process of getting more AED owners in our area to enroll in your program and become volunteer citizen responders,” said David Baumgardner, President/C.E.O. of Texarkana, TX based LifeNet EMS.


Atrus, Inc. ( is a South Florida-based company that owns and manages the National AED Registry™ ( The registry is a free service that helps individuals and organizations maintain their AEDs and manage their AED programs. AED Link™ provides registered AED location information to 9-1-1 call takers in real time during a SCA call. This information can let them inform a secondary bystander about that AEDs location in order to retrieve it if needed. The system also auto-notifies trained registered responders affiliated with that AED to have them bring it on scene.

LifeNet is a not-for-profit corporation that operates two EMS dispatch centers providing high quality ground and air ambulance service in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

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