FirstAED is the perfect supplement to the existing emergency response systems. When there is an emergency call where speed matters, e.g. cardiac arrest, then it can dispatch nearby first responders in addition to the paramedic rapid response units and ambulances.
The system is based on practical experience from the Langeland AED Association project combined with innovative and cutting edge smartphone technology. The system ensures faster response time and high quality in life-saving operations.
The partners behind FirstAED had the initial idea for the system in April 2011 and have since worked hard to develop and fine-tune the system.
Published scientific research with the results of the project shows that the average response time has been reduced from 8-10 minutes before implementation of FirstAED to roughly 4 minutes after implementation. And this is in an area with average ambulance response time averages 12+ minutes.
Similar reductions are possible in urban areas where ambulances response times are typically only below 5 minutes in 30-35% of cases, and urgent medical cases therefor are ill-served.
Finn Lund Henriksen, Medical Director
Professionally, Finn Lund Henriksen is working as the Head of Odense University Hospital’s AED Centre. In his spare time Finn prefers spending time on his summer cottage at Langeland. At the summer cottage he always makes sure that the car is parked in front of the driveway, his shoes are ready and car keys are lying on the kitchen table. He is prepared! If a 112 alarm is given on his iPhone, he is ready to serve as a volunteer first responder.
Henrik Schakow, General Manager
Chairman of the Langeland island Defibrillator Association
Henrik has worked 28 years as a rescue officer and has been an eye witness to the fact that helps available close-by with the correct infrastructure makes the difference between life and death. Five years ago he was the founder of the Langeland AED Association. A group of total 215 volunteer first aid trained first responders that are on call 24-7-365 and ready to help. Henrik’s spare time is largely consumed by the AED association, and teaching many different groups about the potential in a good first response.
Bruno Hansen, Technical Manager
General Manager for Geveko ITS A/S
Bruno is the technical guarantor behind FirstAED. He leads the technological development activities and makes sure that the most up to date technologies are used. In his free time, similar to Finn, he is ready to serve as volunteer first responder on Langeland.
Per Schorling, Business Development
Manager for Proces Support A/S
Per Schorling is responsible for the business development of firstAED. It was in April 2011 that Per was on a business trip in the Netherlands together with Bruno Hansen, when the idea for the FirstAED application was born.