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Saint-Germain Equips itself with Defirillators

Each year in France, 50,000 people die of cardiac arrest. When a case occurs, we have 4 minutes to act: each minute that elapses reduces the victim's chances of survival by 10%. The City is helping to address this major public health problem by installing approximately twenty external automated defibrillators.

Defibrillators at the Disposal of the Residents of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

The City of Saint-Germain-en-Laye has opted for fully automatic defibrillators. In concrete terms, the person who is coming to the aid of the victim must perform the two following operations: attach the electrodes to the victim and follow the instructions on the screen of the device, that performs the diagnosis on its own.

The role of a defibrillator is to reanimate the heart in the event of cardiac arrest by sending electric shocks, that is, via “defibrillation”. It is a battery-powered portable device that analyses the heart rate and diagnoses whether or not defibrillation is required. Since the Order of 4 May 2007, the use of defibrillators is not strictly reserved to medical personnel, and on any given day, we could contribute to saving someone's life.

The defibrillators are located in wall cabinets, in the following locations:

  • Place du Marché-Neuf (début de la rue de la Procession),
  • Centre administratif,
  • Hôtel de Ville,
  • Centre technique municipal,
  • Théâtre Alexandre-Dumas,
  • Bibliothèques multimédia et George-Sand,
  • Salle Jacques-Tati,
  • Club Louis XIV,
  • Résidence pour personnes âgées Berlioz,
  • Stade Georges-Lefèvre (5 défibrillateurs),
  • Gymnase Cosom et terrain de la Colline (portatif),
  • Gymnases Alger, Schnapper et Cosec,
  • Manège Royal,
  • Salle du Colombier,
  • Espace Vera,
  • Police municipale,
  • Rue de La Salle (sortie gare RER),
  • Rue de l’Aurore (sortie gare du Bel-Air),
  • Maison des associations,
  • Tennis-club Saint-Germain Bel-Air.

In total, 31 defibrillators are set up in municipal facilities and 3 portable  defibrillators will be located on the site of large-scale sporting and cultural events, such as Fête des Loges, for example.

Nearly forty municipal police officers have also received basic first aid training; the goal of this training is to acquire the necessary knowledge to identify the recognizable signs of cardiac arrest and perform actions on the victim that increase chances of survival.


Cardiac arrest can occur anywhere: not only at home, but also on the street, in public transportation, in the workplace. Witnesses to cardiac arrest are among the first on the scene to be able to act, with first responders arriving only after a number of minutes. Each minute that elapses without taking action reduces the victim's chances of survival by 10%. During these few minutes, it is important not to panic and to know exactly what to do. From 10 to 90 years old, it only takes a few hours to be trained in the necessary life-saving actions and thus to properly handle this emergency situation in an effective, confident manner.

What are the various trainings

  • Introduction to First Aid : This approximately 2-hour module is a short introduction to first aid. It represents a first approach to life-saving measures. It is aimed at all audiences aged 10 years and older; some training providers even offer courses aimed at children younger than ten years of age. It is most frequently provided free of charge by the training operator.
    • Objective : To raise public awareness of emergency measures that aim to maintain the physical integrity of victims while awaiting the arrival of medical assistance.?
    • Techniques learned : Protection, alert, behaviour to adopt when dealing with an unconscious person who is breathing, behaviour to adopt when dealing with an unconscious person who is not breathing, cardiac massage, mouth to mouth resuscitation, defibrillation.
  • First Aid and CPR Certification Level 1 : This module is more complete and a certificate is issued upon its successful completion. It is also accessible to all audiences older than 10 years of age. The course is offered over a longer period of time – approximately twelve hours. This training is offered for a fee.
    • Objective : Acquire the necessary knowledge to properly execute the techniques aimed at maintaining the physical integrity of victims while awaiting the arrival of medical assistance.
    • Techniques learned : protection, alert, behaviour to adopt when dealing with a person who is choking, who is bleeding profusely, who is unconscious, who is not breathing, who complains of feeling unwell, or who expresses discomfort following trauma.

Who to Contact

Association Nationale des Premiers Secours:
The French Red Cross:
SDIS (fire-fighters):

For further information: