AED State Laws


Wisconsin State AED Law

Wisconsin promotes the integration of community organizations and local EMS by requiring individuals to notify EMS upon purchasing an AED. The legislation helps to foster greater community preparedness and response efforts.

Click through Wisconsin’s full AED legislation in the links below.

Summary of Requirements


A licensed physician must approve the ownership of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

CPR/AED Training

No legislation is currently in place for Wisconson

EMS Notification

A person who owns an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must provide written notification to the nearest EMS program.

Maintenance Program

The owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must maintain and test the AED on a regular basis in accordance with the manufacturer guidelines.

Notification of Use

No legislation is currently in place for Wisconson

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
  • purchaser
  • property owner
  • trainer
Reference Summary

WI Stat § 895.48

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

WI Stat § 118.076

Outlines AED requirements for schools.

Act 200

Authorized a certified first responder to use an AED when appropriate.

Act 120

All employees of a child care center are required to know how to operate an AED. Child care residences must have an AED in each building and a staff member with AED training present when residents are there.

AB 725

Beginning in the 2010−11 school year, each school board operating high school grades, the operator of each charter school established under s.
118.40 (2r) that operates high school grades, and the governing body of
each private school that operates high school grades shall offer instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cardio-cerebral resuscitation, and the use of an automated external defibrillator to pupils enrolled in the high school grades in the school district, charter school, or private school.

WI Stat § 100.178

Outlines AED requirements for fitness centers.

This information is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, AED laws and requirements change frequently. We encourage you to refer to your legal counsel or state agencies with questions about your state's AED laws or AED Good Samaritan requirements.