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Potentially-Lifesaving Technology Now a Reality for Parks and Rec

Potentially-Lifesaving Technology Now a Reality
for Parks and Rec

City of Santa Barbara announces installation of emergency defibrillator devices in popular local recreation centers

Santa Barbara, CA (April 10, 2017)—The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the installation of five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in key, high-traffic recreation areas.

“We’re fortunate to have AEDs in our most-used facilities now, and I’m particularly glad my staff can offer immediate emergency medical attention with our AED,” said Jason Bryan, Senior Recreation Supervisor and manager of the Carrillo Recreation Center at the corner of Carrillo and Anacapa Streets. “We have people of all ages in and out of our building all day participating in active classes, so this AED is another layer of safety for our patrons.”

The City of Santa Barbara Fire Department was instrumental in getting these new AEDs into Parks and Rec centers. The AEDs were funded by a grant for public placement of AEDs.

The Fire Department determined that their AEDs should be kept in fire engines—AEDs are much more likely to be needed at the scene of an emergency, and would do less good mounted inside fire stations. Once each fire engine had its own AED unit, the Fire Department chose to place the remaining units in City facilities more likely to be widely used by the public. The majority of the Parks and Rec locations chosen are those that see the most use for sports and active pursuits.

“Public access defibrillators have resulted in many lives saved around the world,” said Brady Beck, firefighter at the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department. “It is proven that rapid access to both CPR and defibrillation gives a patient the best chance of survival.”

The Parks and Recreation Department facilities that now have AEDs are the Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse, the Carrillo Recreation Center, Los Baños del Mar Pool, Mulligan’s Café at Santa Barbara Golf Club, and one lifeguard vehicle based at East Beach. Parks and Rec staff at each location are regularly re-certified in CPR, and have been trained in proper use of AEDs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

An AED is a portable device that can be applied to a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs have sticky pads containing electrodes; the electrodes sense the person’s heart rhythm. If needed, the AED will then deliver an electric shock in an attempt to bring the heart back into a normal rhythm.

What are AEDs used for?

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, most people who experience SCA die from it. When SCA occurs, every minute counts, and the quick response allowed by public placement of AEDs can save lives.

To learn more about the above topics, please visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s website:

“What Is an Automated External Defibrillator.” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (accessed 4/10/2017).

Which Parks and Recreation centers have AEDs? Where are they located?

The Parks and Recreation Department has installed AEDs in four buildings and one mobile lifeguard vehicle.

Locations are follows:

Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse
1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara CA 93103
(805) 897-2680

Carrillo Recreation Center
100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101
(805) 897-2519

Los Baños del Mar Pool
401 Shoreline Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93101
(805) 966-6110

Mobile Lifeguard Vehicle
Based at East Beach, Santa Barbara CA 93103

Mulligan’s Café
Santa Barbara Golf Club
3500 McCaw Avenue, Santa Barbara CA 93105
(805) 682-3228

Where can I ask a question about the Parks and Recreation Department AEDs?

Members of the public with questions about the new AEDs in Parks and Recreation facilities are welcome to send their enquiries to or call (805) 564-5418.


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Summers Case, Marketing Coordinator
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department

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Rich Hanna, Assistant Director
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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