March 1, 2012 | by

Follow PulsePoint app activations in real time on Twitter

On March 1st, the foundation began broadcasting PulsePoint app activations in real time on Twitter. The intent is to increase awareness of the app and its role in the community and to encourage app installs and citizen-helping-citizen participation. The tweet will include how many citizen rescuers were located in the immediate area and notified. The tweet text looks like this:

@SJFD CPR Activation at 10:49 AM PST (14TH ST); 14 citizen responders just notified. #PulsePointSaves

To receive these live updates follow the PulsePoint Foundation @1000livesaday using the button above.

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February 24, 2012 | by

PulsePoint President Chief Richard Price Named “Citizen of the Year” in Hometown of Danville, California

Chief Price with Daughter at Chamber Event on 2/23/2012At a community event last night hosted by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Ramon Valley Times presented Fire Chief Richard Price as “Citizen of the Year.” In addition to Chief Price, Marcia Harmon was named Business Person of the Year, Janet Willford was named Educator of the Year and the Wheelchair Foundation was named Charitable Organization of the Year.

“Each of these award recipients represents the best of the best in Danville. They are truly what makes our community so wonderful,” said Shelby McNamara, president of the chamber.

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February 12, 2012 | by

Workday Recognition

With the PulsePoint multi-jursidiction Android app now in the Android Market and the new PulsePoint multi-jursidiction iOS app submitted to the Apple App Store for approval, the PulsePoint Foundation hosted a luncheon at Workday Headquarters in Pleasanton, California last week to recognize the amazing volunteer force that helped bring these apps and universal interface to reality.

PulsePoint Award of Appreciation

PulsePoint Award of Appreciation

The life-saving PulsePoint solution is available at no cost to participating agencies largely due to the individual effort of many generous and compassionate people coming together for the common good. Hats off to the following workday volunteers recognized at this event: Aneel Bhusri, Michael Bonadio, Jason Boyle, Attila Bukta, Scot Campbell, Nick Cooper, Petros Dermetzis, Dave Duffield, Dwight Holman, Howard Klein, Joe Korngiebel, Frank Law, Rory Martin, John McGlone, Girish Reddy, Jon Ruggiero, Jay Schultz, Raul da Silva and Stan Zilberleyb.

The award text included, “For your commitment and dedication to saving the lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims through the development of the PulsePoint application and services.”

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February 7, 2012 | by

Who’da Thought? An iPhone App That Saves Lives

An iPhone app, PulsePoint, marshals a community resource in its CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)-trained citizens to respond to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Who would have thought of that? Chief Richard Price of the San Ramon Valley, Calif., Fire Dept., that’s who.

The civic-minded Fire Chief’s location-aware app is free and may only come at a cost if it is not deployed. And that cost may be lives lost due to cardiac arrest.

Read the rest of this post on the LTN for Products blog at Law Technology News.

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February 5, 2012 | by

U.S. Postal Service Issues Heart Health Stamp

Heart Health StampWith the Heart Health stamp, the U.S. Postal Service hopes to raise public awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. The first day of issue will be February 9, 2012.

The stamp art focuses on the feelings of wellness and vitality that come from physical exercise, a key element in controlling and preventing coronary heart disease, or CHD. The design shows a bright yellow sun disc, a leafy green tree icon, and a blue swirl of a sky. The striding figure at the center of the stamp has a full red heart. At the figure’s feet, a large red apple represents a well-balanced diet, another essential factor in maintaining a healthy heart.

Although CHD is the leading cause of death among women and men in the U.S., it doesn’t have to be. Many cases of heart disease can be prevented. Most people can lower their risk of developing CHD — and protect their hearts for a lifetime — by making just a few lifestyle changes. Exercising and eating a heart-healthy diet are critical factors. Quitting smoking, managing stress, and getting enough sleep are equally important.

Because heart disease can develop over decades without symptoms, many people do not know they have it. Some risk factors, like age and a family history of CHD, can’t be avoided, but regular medical checkups make early detection and treatment possible.

The U.S. Postal Service has a long tradition of issuing special stamps to help raise public awareness about health and social issues. For this beautiful and upbeat stamp, art director Derry Noyes teamed up with award-winning illustrator Nicholas Wilton.

The Heart Health stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

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January 24, 2012 | by

Location-based App for CPR Responders Spreads to Second City

Kerry Davis of IDG News Service recently rode along with San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Paramedics and interviewed Fire Chief Richard Price. The article below appeared in CIO Magazine, Macworld and PCWorld.

A location-based phone application that alerts people trained in CPR when someone nearby is having a heart attack will be spreading from San Ramon, California, to San Jose by mid-February, according to San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price.

The PulsePoint app sends a notification to a smartphone if the user is close to a possible heart attack victim, but only if the emergency is happening in a public space. The app has been available for more than a year and was recently added to the Android Market in addition to being available in the iPhone App Store.

The PulsePoint Foundation is working with more than 150 agencies that are interested in bringing the PulsePoint app to their communities, from Fargo, North Dakota, to an agency in Sao Paulo, Brazil, said a spokeswoman with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

Users must first confirm that they are CPR-certified, and the app then alerts them if dispatchers are sending EMTs to a potential heart attack victim in a public location. Price says heart attack victims are the focus of the app because resuscitation needs to be started within 10 minutes of the attack if victims are to have a chance of survival.

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December 24, 2011 | by

CTIA-The Wireless Association interviews Chief Richard Price and Chairman Matt Stamey

John Walls, VP of Public Affairs for CTIA, recently interviewed Fire Chief Richard Price and PulsePoint Board Chairman Matt Stamey about the genesis and future plans of the life-saving PulsePoint app. Earlier this year, at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the CTIA presented Chief Price and Chairman Stamey with the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award for innovation that “exemplifies how wireless technology can been used for dramatic results in emergencies.”

CTIA-The Wireless Association is an international nonprofit membership organization that represents the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

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December 14, 2011 | by

Saving Lives

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Originally offered in April 2010 as “Fire Department,” the PulsePoint mobile application has come a long way since the concept was first sketched on deli napkins. Developed by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in partnership with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University, the app is free, fast and friendly. Simultaneously with the dispatch of an emergency response team by the local 911 Emergency Response Center, the app alerts Smartphone users who have downloaded it (some 45,000 to date). Users can select the types of events that concern them from a menu including everything from wildfires to medical emergencies.

Read more of this cover story from Danville and Alamo Today by Jody Morgan.

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