(Lake County) - Mentor residents are being asked to participate in a unique scavenger hunt for AED's in the city.

An Automated External Defibrillator is a portable device that can provide a shock to the heart of someone in sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs play a critical role in the victim’s survival, but would you know where an AED is if you needed it?

The Mentor Fire Department is conducting an AED Scavenger Hunt to make the public more conscious of where AEDs are located.

Nathan Peters of the Mentor Fire Department says it's easy to enter.

Make a list of the addresses and general locations of any AEDs that you see while out and about in Mentor. Then submit your list to Mentor Fire Department, AED Scavenger Hunt, 8467 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.

You can also drop your entry off in person, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. till 5 p.m., or send an e-mail to fire@cityofmentor.com.

Peters tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, the person who finds and correctly lists the locations of the most AEDs will have the opportunity to ride around town in a fire truck. The entry deadline is June 7, 2014.

Peters says for every minute that passes without the use of an AED, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival drops by 7-10%.

He would especially like church members to get involved in the hunt, members are frequently elderly and could find themselves in need of an AED.

(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)