The Defibrillator Project was started in 2003 by long-time Fountain Hills resident Phil Gaziano.  Inspired by learning that the governor of New York had mandated the installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in all public buildings, school district buildings, police vehicles, and state parks within the state of New York, Gaziano got to work with the mission of bringing AEDs to our Town.


The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office lent two defibrillators to help jump-start the program.  Gaziano continued to gather donations and support from The Fountain Hills Realtor's Association and Rural Metro Fire Department.  The project is grateful for the ongoing support from the Sheriff’s Department and Rural Metro, who now includes AED certification within their CPR classes. 


I Love Fountain Hills (FHCCA) became the repository for donations and on-going maintenance and support of the program and equipment. There are now more than 40 AEDs installed throughout the community.

Defibrillation is treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart with a device called an Automatic External Defibrillator or AED.

Defibrillator locations in Fountain Hills:


  • Town Hall

  • Community Center

  • All Fountain Hills schools

  • River of Time Museum

  • Fountain Hills Library

  • Golf course

  • Golf course

  • Church

  • Church

  • Peak's Fitness

  • All MCSO patrol vehicles

  • MCSO jail