February 20, 2013 | by

Columbus Fire Officials Hope To Save More Lives With New CPR Phone App

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When a heart stops beating, some central Ohioans could soon know where and when to help.

The Columbus Division of Fire is expected to join a growing number of fire departments with the ability to let people trained in CPR to respond to an emergency scene simply by responding a cell phone alert.

Statistics show if someone doesn’t perform CPR within a few minutes of a heart attack, the chances of survival aren’t good.

The Columbus Division of Fire can respond within four minutes to a call for someone who isn’t breathing.

However, the department said time could be drastically reduced with the introduction of a new cell phone app called PulsePoint.

Those with CPR training are encouraged to sign up.

“If you are shopping at a local grocery store and someone was having a cardiac arrest this app would pop up and tell you,” said Battalion Chief Shawn Koser, who is head of the Columbus Division of Fire’s EMS unit.

The app works in conjunction with the fire department’s 911 dispatch center. When someone calls 911 about a heart attack, the app sends the address to PulsePoint subscribers who may be closer to the victim than paramedics.

“We know that early CPR will save lives,” said David Keseg, the medical director for Columbus Division of Fire.

Keseg led the charge to bring the app to Columbus.

“It would be more likely to save lives if we had this in place,” Keseg said.

Read the full article by WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio.