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Contra Costa Fire Districts Launch Life-Saving Mobile App

PulsePoint "crowdsources" people trained in CPR when someone is having a heart attack.

-By Bay City News

A new cellphone app launched by fire departments throughout Contra Costa County this week is designed to give everyday citizens a chance to save lives.

The PulsePoint app notifies smartphone users who are trained in CPR and willing to respond to emergencies when someone nearby is suffering a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

Watch PulsePoint's video

With the help of the app, trained people in close proximity to a possible cardiac emergency can begin life-saving measures that may stabilize a heart attack victim while waiting for emergency responders to arrive, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard.

Users of the app can check their phones to see the exact location of a reported cardiac emergency and how far arriving emergency responders are from that location at any given time.

"The deployment of the PulsePoint app is the next step in developing a comprehensive network of life-saving efforts that includes fire department first responders, ambulance transport providers, the placement of publicly accessible AEDs, hospital emergency departments and members of the public who are trained in CPR," said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Daryl Louder.

"This technology gives us the ability to notify people when and where their assistance is needed in order to help save a life in their community," he said.

In addition to Louder's district, the East Contra Costa, Moraga-Orinda, Crockett-Carquinez and Rodeo-Hercules fire districts, as well as the Pinole Fire Department, are all now using the life-saving app.

The app was created by the Pleasanton-based PulsePoint Foundation, which is headed by San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price. Last September, Price went to Washington, D.C., to present the app at the White House's "Safety Datapalooza" event.

Several Bay Area fire agencies have also incorporated the app to help connect local community members with sudden cardiac arrest victims. Smartphone users trained in CPR may install the app by searching for "PulsePoint" in the Apple Apps Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.

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Steve Cohn February 10, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Kudos to the fire departments, especially former Chief Price. This is a great tool which will hopefully inspire more people to become CPR certified. A nice upgrade would be a incident reporting feature which would connect directly to dispatch, whether it be ConFire or SRVFPD, based on GPS location of sending phone, to bypass the delay of going through CHP.
Dive Turn Work February 10, 2013 at 04:53 PM
"...and willing to respond to emergencies when someone nearby is suffering a cardiac emergency and may require CPR." I wonder how many people there are like this. Interesting to see if this catches on.
Steve Cohn February 10, 2013 at 05:39 PM
more than you may imagine http://www.acep.org/_EMS-Week-Microsofte/50-Years-and-Millions-of-Trained-Citizens-Later---/
Dive Turn Work February 10, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Steve - We shouldn't confuse being trained with a desire to respond to random emergencies. People often learn CPR for their own self-interest: they're a parent, they have an aged relative, etc. I'm curious to see how many people will register to help a random, anonymous stranger. It will be an interesting commentary about our local community and I look forward to seeing how it unfolds.
Mom 2 Boys February 10, 2013 at 06:55 PM
There is also a defibrillator app now available... http://getbetterhealth.com/emergency-help-iphone-app-locates-closest-defibrillators-aeds/2010.02.04

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