WESTPORT — The campaign to replace automated external defibrillators for all of Westport’s emergency-response vehicles invites the community to “proof” its support at an April 24 whiskey-tasting fundraiser, hosted by the Westport Firefighters Charitable Foundation.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Autostrada Westport, 499-501 Post Road East. To purchase tickets online, click here.

In addition to whiskey tastings, there will be other beverages, food, entertainment and a silent auction.

Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to the heart to restore normal rhythms, particularly during sudden cardiac arrest.

The fundraising campaign, according to the firefighter foundation, is to ensure that new AEDs are provided for all Westport fire, police and emergency-medical service vehicles.

AEDs currently used by local emergency responders are reaching the end of their effectiveness and need to be replaced.

The fundraising goal is $75,000, according to organizers.

“AEDs are a crucial piece of equipment needed to have a positive outcome during a cardiac arrest. The money donated during this event is going to save lives,” firefighter Robert Lenois, president of the Westport Firefighters Charitable Foundation, said in a publicity release for the fundraiser.

Police Chief Foti Koskinas agreed. “AEDs are an integral tool when we respond to cardiac arrest events,” he said in the statement. “Westport’s first responders have used AEDs successfully and have saved the lives of many people in Westport.”

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the fundraiser, email rlenois@westportct.gov.

Editor’s note: The date of the event has been changed from April 26 to April 24.