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RE/MAX joins fight against cardiac arrest

Implements policy to install automated external defibrillators inside all offices, subsidiaries

In an effort to encourage a safer office environment for agents and clients, RE/MAX International is recommending that all RE/MAX offices install AED (automated external defibrillator) devices. Several sources of training for employees and agents on the devices are also part of the new initiative. "A recent nationwide study showed that placing AED units in public areas doubles a person's chances of surviving cardiac arrest," said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX president and chief operating officer as she announced the program during the 2004 RE/MAX International Convention in San Diego. "With only minimal training, almost anyone can operate these new AEDs, and that is critical because a person suffering a cardiac arrest has only about five minutes to be defibrillated. Often, that's not enough time for an ambulance with emergency technicians to arrive." RE/MAX International headquarters has already installed AEDs on all floors of all its facilities and more than 100 personnel have been trai...