What training is needed?
It is advised for all trained first aiders to also be trained in how to operator an AED, but training is not essential and if a cardiac arrest occurs then first start CPR and dial 999 and then the emergency services can then guide the operator through the use of an AED over the phone. This means that the first people on the scene can be of use even if they have no specific first aid training.
We would advise though that all qualified first aiders are also trained to use an AED. Training courses are available throughout the country.