April 21, 2011 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Recognized by Computerworld as a 2011 Honors Laureate

SAN RAMON, CA ‐ International Data Group’s (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program today, April 21, 2011, announced San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District as a 2011 Laureate for Innovation. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. The District was selected for its iPhone application that provides immediate, life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest by crowd‐sourcing Good Samaritans.

“The number and quality of nominations this year was very inspiring and demonstrated how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”

“The application is initially targeting the approximately 300,000 people who suffer out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest each year in the United States,” said Richard Price, Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. “Numerous investigations have shown that bystander CPR results in a doubling or tripling of patient survival, yet CPR rates across the country have remained unacceptably low at around 26%. The application aims to improve this percentage by immediately alerting everyday citizens to the need for CPR nearby while also directing them to public access defibrillators when available.”

The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally‐accredited special district that provides all‐risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000. The District has established a foundation to assist other public safety agencies to deploy the application in their community.

The application was developed in partnership with the Center for Applied Informatics at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). For additional web and print resources, including sample screen shots, supporting images and video please visit the Fire Department iPhone App landing page at http://www.firedepartment.mobi. A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to raise local awareness about the application is also available on the site.

About Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not‐for‐profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011.

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.”

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.

January 25, 2011 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District to Dispatch Citizens to Cardiac Emergencies

SAN RAMON, CA – In the spirit of “Gov 2.0” the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) announced the release of an innovative new location‐aware iPhone application today, January 25, 2011. The new app empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using sophisticated GPS technology, will alert citizens in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

“The creation and deployment of a smartphone application that notifies trained bystanders of nearby cardiac arrest events completely redefines the traditional meaning of a witnessed arrest by expanding awareness over a much broader area,” said Richard Price, Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. “Providing actionable, real‐time information during a sudden cardiac arrest emergency, including mapping the victim and rescuer locations, along with the nearest AED locations, is the quintessential use of GPS technology on a mobile phone today.”

Nearly 300,000 people die each year in the United States from cardiac arrest. Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent and brain death begins in just four to six minutes. Even the best emergency medical services (EMS) in the country can have response times that exceed seven minutes. Bystander CPR and the early use of an AED are two extremely critical links in the cardiac chain of survival. This application strengthens these links and ultimately strengthens the entire chain.

“The district will share tools to allow other public safety agencies to deploy the Fire Department application at no cost in their community,” added Chief Price. “Although pioneered here, the value of this application is far too important to society to not ambitiously share it with other communities around the globe.”

SRVFPD has been publicly testing a limited version of the application for the past six months with more than 22,000 iPhone users. The District has sent over 600,000 push notifications during this assessment period.

The new application was publically unveiled today at a press conference featuring Fire Chief Richard Price, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) President Jack Parow, Workday Co‐Founder and CEO Dave Duffield along with CEO Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District provides all‐risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional web and print resources including sample screen shots, supporting images and video please visit the Fire Department iPhone App landing page at http://www.firedepartment.mobi

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to raise local awareness about the application is also available on the site. The PSA is being shown in local movie theatres beginning January 28, 2011.