In a significant move towards enhancing public safety, the City of Gulf Shores, in collaboration with Gulf Shores Fire Rescue, has installed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at 22 strategic locations across the city. The AEDs were approved by City Council in 2023 and were purchased for $34,485.66.

To ensure accessibility and prompt intervention during cardiac emergencies, the AEDs have been strategically placed at key locations within the city where community members gather for various activities and events. Some of the designated locations include Gulf Shores City Hall, Bodenhamer Recreation Center, Erie H. Meyer Civic Center, Gulf Shores Sportsplex, and Gulf Shores Public Library.

“The placement of these Automated External Defibrillators represents a significant step forward in our mission to enhance public safety and emergency response capabilities within Gulf Shores.” Said Emergency Medical Services Officer (EMS), Nick Russell. “With these devices readily available, we empower our community members to take immediate action in critical situations, potentially saving lives.”

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable electronic devices designed to deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. These user-friendly devices analyze the heart rhythm and, if necessary, administer a controlled electric shock to restore normal cardiac function. Rapid access to AEDs significantly increases the chances of survival for individuals experiencing cardiac emergencies, as prompt defibrillation is critical in restoring heart rhythm and preventing irreversible damage.

Having AEDs strategically located throughout the city offers numerous benefits to the community. In instances of sudden cardiac arrest, every second counts, and immediate access to defibrillation can be the difference between life and death. By placing AEDs in high-traffic areas such as recreational centers and civic facilities, the City of Gulf Shores ensures that residents, visitors, and bystanders have the necessary tools to initiate life-saving measures while awaiting professional medical assistance.

To view a full AED location list, please visit For more information, please call Gulf Shores Fire Station 1 at 251.968.7422