Tucson on the hunt for defibrillator devices

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Tucson on the hunt for defibrillator devices

By Phil Villarreal, Shelby Payne. CREATED Sep 3, 2014 - UPDATED: Sep 7, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Contestants can scour the city and surrounding areas for automated external defibrillators in September's Tucson HeartMap Challenge.

Tucson Fire Department and the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine are sponsoring the challenge.

The HeartMap Challenge is meant to raise awareness about AEDs -- briefcase-sized devices that let non-medical professionals help cardiac arrest victims -- and build a database of the devices' locations. Prizes range from $50 to $5,000.

More than 1.2 million AEDs are in public places around the country, and about 180,000 more are installed each year.
To register for the scavenger hunt, which goes through Sept. 30, visit cprnation.org. When you find an AED, write a description of it -- including the address, location and condition -- on the contest website. The $5,000 grand prize will go to the individual or team that finds the most AEDs.