News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 02/04/2014
Subject :

City Partners with Racing Hearts in ‘Spot the Box’ Campaign
Contact : Eric Nickel, Palo Alto Fire Chief    650/329-2424
Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650/329-2607

Palo Alto, CA — In partnership with the Palo Alto Fire Department, the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Racing Hearts, a nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, has launched a month-long ‘Spot the Box’ campaign to identify existing Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community. 

Community members can now help save lives by downloading a free AEDSpotter app by going to to help spot the locations where AEDs already exist and to create a community map of box locations. More information can be found on the Palo Alto Fire Department homepage.  

Students from local middle and high schools have formed teams to participate in the ‘Spot the Box’ campaign in an effort to bring education and awareness about the benefits of AEDs and where they are located.

Anyone can participate and add to the map with prizes awarded to the spotters who locate and/or verify the most AED boxes.  The campaign runs through February 20. 

Spot the Box complements the recent acquisition of 52 AEDs purchased and placed by the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Unified School District’s commitment to place 38 AEDs at all school sites by June of this year. 

”This is a great way for the community to get involved and help our paramedics, firefighters and police officers to be more effective life savers,” said Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel. 

For more information on the campaign, contact Stephanie Martinson at or call 650/308-4183.