Driver First Assist has moved one step closer to achieving its pledge to provide an automated external defibrillator (AED) at a fraction of the cost of existing products.

With development and certification completed, the not-for-profit community interest company, which has so far delivered over 7,000 training courses on basic roadside first aid and accident scene management, has launched a crowd-funding appeal to finance the initial manufacturing costs so that deliveries can begin in September.

With the life-saving potential of having a significantly increased number of accessible AEDs beyond question, DFA’s aim, backed by leading figures from the critical care medical community, is to have the £220 (plus VAT) device as ubiquitous as a fire extinguisher is today.

The crowd-funding appeal, which can be seen at, is initially targeted at the road transport industry, offering incentives on DFA training courses, designed to count as Driver CPC modules, together with other rewards targeted at individual first-aiders.