In August, the West Michigan Regional Medical Consortium and Muskegon Central Dispatch 911 are hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt for lifesaving emergency defibrillators.

There are likely dozens of AEDs in Muskegon County, but their locations are not known by 911 dispatchers. Locations of AED's are not tracked by any local or state agencies.

The scavenger hunt is a contest running from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, with cash prizes ranging from $50 to $300 -- along with other prizes!

Participants are asked to register as an individual or a team at


The individuals and teams will locate AEDs, which are generally located near schools, businesses, airports, sports clubs and shopping malls.

Once found, AED locations will be sent to or the WMRMC Facebook page.

The team and individual with the most AEDs reported will each receive a $300 cash prize. Second place will receive $100, while third place will receive $50.

Following the event, Muskegon County Central Dispatch will be better prepared to direct bystanders to the closest AED during an emergency.

Organizers say more than half of all patients defibrillated in less than three minutes will survive, compared to just one in five defibrillated after 10 minutes, which is often how long it takes for EMS to be called, respond, and deliver the life-saving shock.

Click here for details and official rules of the scavenger hunt.

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