In 2002 the AED Instructor Foundation, Inc. (AEDIF) was established to assist and support CPR/AED instructors as the promoters, architects, builders and care takers of onsite AED and emergency care programs. Achieving a membership of over 5000 initial emergency care instructors in over 45 countries, AEDIF was initially funded by a generous grant from ZOLL Medical Corporation that reached its conclusion in mid 2005.
Having amassed a wealth of AED program resources and recognizing that many other health and safety professionals can also play a key role in developing and operating AED programs, AEDIF reorganized and became the Initial Life Support Federation (ILSF) which continues the work of its predecessor organization and provides a variety of unique and free support services needed by initial life support instructors and AED program managers. Among its most highly acclaimed resources, the ILSF also continues to provide special purchase vouchers for deeply discounted AEDs for houses of worship and other community gathering places.
The Initial Life Support Federation is an organization of over 2000 CPR/AED instructors and other health and safety professionals who share a common vision and purpose: help prepare ordinary people to give everyone who sustains a sudden cardiac arrest a second chance at life. ILSF special purchase vouchers for low cost AEDs and free AED program resources are available only to Federation Affiliates.
Membership in the Federation is free of charge and the only obligation of Affiliates is to help ensure that all functional and regulatory AED program requirements are met by institutions or agencies acquiring an AED(s) with their assistance. You can become an Affiliate by clicking on the button on the left and completing a short registration form.
Emergency care training entities, individual certified CPR/AED instructors, parish nurses, as well as other EMS, health and safety professionals have joined the Federation and now utilize its many services and resources regardless of which national or internationally recognized emergency care curricula are taught or which approved AED device is utilized.
The AEDIF was originally funded by ZOLL Medical Corporation’s unrestricted educational grant, but ILSF is now funded via the conduct of workshops and seminars, as well as from a small part of the proceeds from the sale of low cost AEDs available to eligible entities.
ILSF is led by seasoned professionals from the emergency medicine and early defibrillation communities. For example, our current director was an emergency nursing pioneer, veteran emergency care educator and former Director of EMS Services for the City of New York and provides his services pro-bono as the Federation’s executive director. Whether our Affiliates are paid for or volunteer their services, the Federation has no agenda or purpose other than the success and optimal effectiveness of the vast group of committed and independent, health and safety professionals dedicated to protecting “hearts and brains too good to die” from the tragedy of sudden cardiac arrest.