October 20, 2011 | by

A California Survey of Digital Technology’s Role in Civic Engagement and Local Government

New America Foundation Report

New America Foundation Report October, 2011

Excerpt from page 5 “Innovation Spotlight: San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District CPR Application”

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (Contra Costa County) is combining GPS with a smartphone application to save lives in emergency situations. Launched in 2011, the Fire Department mobile iPhone application allows people certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to volunteer to be alerted if someone nearby appears to be having a cardiac event and may need help. Once notified of the emergency and the location , registered users can find the victim and administer CPR (or locate the nearest public defibrillator, as directed by the app), saving precious minutes before public safety personnel can respond. San Ramon Fire Chief Richard Price was inspired to create the application after hearing an emergency vehicle approaching a deli where he was having lunch. After parking in the restaurant’s lot, the emergency crew proceeded next door to respond to a cardiac emergency — a lifesaving service that the Chief and others could have easily and quickly provided had they only known of the emergency and its proximity. The idea for the application was born that afternoon, and preliminary plans were drawn up on a deli napkin. The mobile application “crowdsources” life saving services by using volunteers from throughout the community to help respond to critical cardiac events. After a multi-pronged public launch of the application, including use of social media, moving public service announcements, and outreach to community groups and stakeholders, approximately 40,000 users within the District’s boundaries have downloaded the application. Due to state, national and international demand for the technology, the Fire District has set up a non-profit foundation, PulsePoint, to assist in the dissemination of the technology to 125 other public agencies across the globe that would like to replicate it in their communities. In the future, a similar crowdsourcing application could be employed for Amber alerts, filling sandbags during a flood, or staffing emergency shelters in times of crisis.

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October 11, 2011 | by

PulsePoint App Prominently Featured at NKU Technology Building Grand Opening

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer/Patrick Reddy

Don Ledoux, founding board member of the PulsePoint Foundation, speaks in the digitorium of NKU's Griffin Hall.

On November 10, 2011 PulsePoint Chairman Matt Stamey and PulsePoint Treasurer Don Ledoux delivered keynote addresses during the grand opening ceremonies for Griffin Hall, the new $53 million home to the Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. Chairman Stamey thanked the students and staff for their early role in the development of the PulsePoint app. Board member Don Ledoux, featured in the photo above, spoke on behalf of the Workday partnership and the foundation. Also speaking at event were Dell CEO Michael Dell, who addressed the dedication via a video message, and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.

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October 1, 2011 | by

Fire Service Award for Excellence

The IAFC presented the 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence to PulsePoint Chairman and SRVFPD board member Matt Stamey and PulsePoint board member and IAFC President Jack Parow during Fire-Rescue International in Atlanta. Cosponsored by U.S. Safety Fire Technologies, the award recognizes innovation and achievement in managing resources to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies. Read the full article in the October edition of IAFC On Scene.

2011 FRI Award for Excellence

PulsePoint Chairman Matt Stamey and Board Member and IAFC President Jack Parow

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September 28, 2011 | by

App Highlighted by Chief Mark Light on CNN

Fire Chiefs Jack Parow, Billy Goldfeder and Mark Light join host Robin Meade on the CNN set in Atlanta to discuss changes in the fire service since 9/11/2001. During the discussion Chief Light comments on the PulsePoint app deployed in San Ramon Valley to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through civic engagement. These chiefs are among 14,000 of their peers in Atlanta for the IAFC Fire/Rescue International show.

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May 27, 2011 | by

“This App Could Save Your Life”

Fire Chief Richard Price and Ben Bobrow, M.D. were recently interviewed by Brendan Moran of the Wall Street Journal about the potential impact of the District’s new iPhone app. Dr. Bobrow is the Medical Director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System at the Arizona Department of Health Services and currently serves on the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Guideline Committee. Dr. Bobrow has received international recognition for his achievements in the field of resuscitation science and improving patient outcomes in cardiac arrest cases.

The article also discusses partners Workday, Code for America and Civic Commons who are all rallying around the mission to extend the reach of the District-pioneered application.

Read the WSJ article from May 27th.

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March 16, 2011 | by

SF Fire to Implement CPR iPhone App

At a press conference, today, March 16, The City of San Francisco became the first major city to publicly announce support for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protect District-pioneered “Fire Department” iPhone application.

In a media release the San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White announced the SF Fire App Initiative, an extensive citywide effort to reduce heart attack deaths with the implementation of the Fire Department smart phone application which will notify CPR-trained volunteers to assist nearby cardiac arrest victims.

Earlier this year, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price launched the Fire Department iPhone application that links to the SRVFPD computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system to notify CPR-trained volunteers in the vicinity of sudden cardiac arrest events in public spaces and to pinpoint the nearest automatic external defibrillator (AED). Price and his team are forming a foundation to extend the app to other smart phone platforms and provide support to other municipalities seeking to implement the technology.

“When I first learned of the great work by Chief Price and his team, I knew we needed to do everything we could to bring this application and its life-saving benefits to San Francisco,” said Herrera. “The kind of partnership we are building within city departments shows that even in challenging budget times, smart governments and engaged citizens can increase benefits to the community. Just as the state of California has been proactive to ensure that Good Samaritans are protected from civil liability when they assist in times of great need, I’m committed to ensuring that San Francisco is a place where all of us are confident to help each other. I am grateful to have the partnership and support from San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White on this initiative.”

Herrera also announced the launch of a new website, http://www.sffireapp.org, where interested San Franciscans can get information about CPR trainings and volunteer to assist with the initiative. Because the response in the first minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest are critical, the goal for the development launch is to increase the number of local volunteers with CPR training, to increase implementation and awareness of AEDs, and to work with Department of Emergency Management, Fire Department, and the local technology community to deliver the application to San Franciscans as soon as possible.

Bystander CPR and defibrillation combined are the most effective response to a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, and can greatly increase the likelihood of the victim’s survival rate. In 2010, the San Francisco Fire Department responded to 356 active cardiac arrest incidents and 39 patients survived to admittance to the hospital. One third of these incidents occurred in a public space, away from home.

“The San Francisco Fire Department is committed to spreading the word that bystander CPR is critical to increasing the odds of survival of a cardiac arrest event,” said Chief Hayes-White.  “In San Francisco, compared to other large cities, bystander CPR is initiated too infrequently. Our hope is that this initiative will provide our residents with the support they need to get trained in CPR and to get involved.”

In San Francisco, civic developers including representatives of Granicus and Firmstep have already volunteered to support development of the application and public access to AED maps.

“This app showcases the real power of mobile, real-time data delivery to connect people and save lives,” said Javier Muniz, CTO and co-founder of Granicus. “We’re excited to support the City & County of San Francisco and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in whatever way we can to scale this app and empower citizens.”

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February 6, 2011 | by

Chief Price appears on ‘Press: Here’

Chief Price on the NBC Sunday morning television show ‘Press: Here’

Chief Price on the NBC Sunday morning television show ‘Press: Here’

In follow-up of the successful launch of the District’s new iPhone application, Chief Price appeared on the Sunday morning television show ‘Press: Here’ to answer questions from host Scott McGrew, Kym McNicholas of Forbes and Ben Parr of Mashable. Dr. Amit Singhal of Google also appeared as a guest on the show this week.

Watch this episode of ‘Press: Here’ which aired on NBC at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 6, 2011.

About the Show
‘Press: Here’ is a Sunday morning news roundtable discussion show featuring the top names in Silicon Valley’s technology industry and world class technology reporters from The New York Times, CNBC, Time Magazine, TechCrunch, USA Today, Businessweek, Forbes, The Financial Times, NPR, the BBC and Fortune.

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