PS ITEM #1
Public Safety Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 26-12, Swimming Pools - Defibrillators
Bill 26-12, Swimming Pools - Defibrillators, sponsored by Councilmembers Leventhal, Riemer,
Rice, Navarro, Andrews, EIrich and Floreen, was introduced on September 11, 2012. A public
hearing was held on October 16 at which 2 speakers testified in support of Bill 26-12 (see
testimony on ©13).
Bill 26-12 would require certain swimming pools to have an automated external defibrillator
available on the premises. See ©7 for a memorandum from the sponsors explaining the purpose
behind Bill 26-12.
The Maryland Pubic Access Automated External Defibrillator Program,
administered by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
requires facilities with AEDs to meet certain state requirements and be certified by the State
EMS Board (see law on
17). This law provides facilities that are in compliance with the law
immunity from civil liability for an act or omissions in the provision of AEDs. Additionally, the
state law provides individuals who use AEDs with protection from civil liability if the person is
acting in good faith to a victim, the assistance is provided in a reasonably prudent manner, and
the AED is provided without fee. As the letter from MIEMSS notes, swimming pools that are
affected by the bill would be required to comply with this statute
In 2007, the Generally Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, Senate
Bill 742, Swimming Pools - Automated External Defibrillator Programs
Study. SB 742
required MIEMSS to study whether automated external defibrillators should be provided on-site
at swimming pools in the State, including which pools should be required to provide AEDs,
whether AED-trained individuals should be required on-site, and the safety of AEDs at pools.
The MIEMSS AED application packet can be found at:
http://www.lniernss.org/homciLinkCl ick.aspx?liIeticket= WkD2 fi2ZtPY%3 D&tabid=8 5&m id=495.