DFA launches defibrillator funding appeal

Colin Barnett
July 1, 2020

Driver First Assist has moved one step closer to achieving its pledge to provide an automated external defibrillator (AED) at a fraction of the cost of existing products.

We reported on DFA’s plans to source and manufacture a low-cost but high-quality AED earlier in the year (CM 6 February).

Now, with development and certification completed, the not-for-profit Community Interest Company, which has so far delivered over 7,000 training courses on basic roadside first aid and accident scene management, has launched a crowd-funding appeal to finance the initial manufacturing costs so that deliveries can begin in September.

With the life-saving potential of having a significantly increased number of accessible AEDs beyond question, DFA’s aim, backed by leading figures from the critical care medical community, is to have the £220 (plus VAT) device as ubiquitous as a fire extinguisher is today

The crowd-funding appeal, which can be seen at www.bit.ly/DFA-defib, is initially targeted at the road transport industry, offering incentives on DFA training courses, designed to count as Driver CPC modules, together with other rewards targeted at individual first-aiders.

About the Author


Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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