December 18, 2012 | by

PulsePoint Saves Lives

Tri-City Voice Header300pxIt seemed like a good idea when San Ramon Valley Fire District started the program over two years ago. However, important questions remained… Who will show up to an emergency? Will dispatch be flooded with calls as a result of this? What will the impact be? Initial fears and reservations were swept away by the results.

Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer is convinced that PulsePoint, a system to “ping” registrants close to a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) emergency on cell phone devices, has resulted in fast response times and a blanket of first responders to help a person in distress even before emergency medical personnel are able to arrive. As a registered participant of PulsePoint, Shaffer has actually been involved in a PulsePoint action.

He says, “If I was sitting here and a medical event such as a heart attack occurred next door, unless someone was aware of my presence and ability to help, I wouldn’t know about it until the emergency vehicle arrived. That is bad because I am right here and could help, even with basic CPR.” What PulsePoint does is to notify those within a limited radius (1/4 mile) who signed up for the PulsePoint application on their cell phone device.

Read the full article by William Marshak at the Tri-City Voice.

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December 10, 2012 | by

App Makes Bystanders Key in Cardiac Arrest Survival

Firehouse Magazine LogoCitizens in a growing number of cities around the U.S. are now getting alerted when there’s an opportunity to perform bystander CPR, thanks to the PulsePoint phone app.

The free app, which notifies trained citizens of nearby cardiac emergencies and the location of the nearest AED, was originally developed and tested by the San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Fire Protection District. It works by connecting a participating agency’s dispatch data into the PulsePoint service so that citizen alerts go out simultaneously with the dispatch of local fire and EMS resources. (Citizen alerts only go out for cardiac emergencies in public places, not to private addresses.) The app shows the victim and the nearby AEDs on a map, in context to the recipient of the alert.

The app has had several updates and releases since it first launched.“The app is in a continuous update cycle,” said Price, thanks to time donated by professional developers at Workday, Inc. “We’re working on a major new version right now.”

In February, after the program had been running locally in San Ramon for over a year, the PulsePoint Foundation opened it up to other agencies. It has quickly spread in California and nationally.

“By the end of the month we expect it to be in more than 100 cities,” said San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price, who is also the president of the PulsePoint foundation.

Read the full article by Heather Caspi at Firehouse.com.

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September 7, 2012 | by

Mobile Phone Application Will Help Save Lives

LPFD Fire Chief Jim Miguel

LPFD Fire Chief Jim Miguel

Your local fire department wants your phone to help save lives. A new, free mobile phone application called “Pulsepoint” is now available to residents.

The app includes the Alameda County Fire Department, Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department and Alameda Fire.

On Thursday, fire chiefs from the four departments, unveiled Pulsepoint.

“This is arguably the greatest technological innovation toward saving lives since CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] was introduced,” said Interim Chief Demetrious Shaffer of the Alameda County Fire Department.

Read the rest of this article by Autumn Johnson at Livermore Patch.

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September 6, 2012 | by

Fire Departments to Offer Free, Lifesaving CPR App to Community

ACFD Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer

ACFD Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer

San Leandro, Calif. — The Alameda County Fire Department, the Alameda Fire Department, the Fremont Fire Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department now offer a free mobile phone application called PulsePoint that will help save lives.

An innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android application will allow community members to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application subscribers that have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using advanced GPS technology, will notify community members in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The app also directs the “community responder” to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

“This is arguably the greatest step forward in our effort to increase the survivability of sudden cardiac arrest since CPR was introduced,” said Demetrious N. Shaffer, Interim Fire Chief of Alameda County Fire Department.

“It is creative and innovative approaches like PulsePoint that offer the greatest hope for real reform of our health care system”, said Alex Briscoe, Director of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

The PulsePoint app will be made available to all of the communities served by the Alameda County Fire Department(ACFD), Alameda Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC), which is managed by the ACFD.

“Alameda County is the first multi-agency regional dispatch center to deploy PulsePoint,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “Our staff was continually impressed with the speed and completeness of their implementation.”

“As the Interim Fire Chief of Alameda County, I am so proud that we are able to leverage this technology to help save lives in the community we care so deeply about,” said Chief Shaffer.

The PulsePoint app also provides a virtual window into select 911 emergency communication centers giving users of mobile devices real-time access to emergency activity as it is occurring. Users are able to view active incidents, including the current response status of dispatched units, and instantly pinpoint incident location on an interactive map. Users also can choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and monitor emergency radio traffic via this modern version of the traditional fire scanner.

The PulsePoint app has received several international awards including an American Heart Association 2012 Heart of Gold Award, an IADAS 2012 Webby Nomination for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology, the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a CTIA-The Wireless Association 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, and a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation. Additional information about the PulsePoint app can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.

Alameda County PulsePoint Press Conference

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September 5, 2012 | by

Alameda County Fire Agencies to Reveal Free, Life-Saving Smartphone App


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 5, 2012

CONTACT: David A. Rocha, Deputy Fire Chief
(510) 693‐3402

** MEDIA ADVISORY ** MEDIA ADVISORY ** MEDIA ADVISORY **

What
Alameda County Fire Department, the City of Alameda Fire Department, the Fremont Fire Department and the Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Department, will host a media event to announce the release of a new state‐of‐the‐art Smartphone Application (App), PulsePoint, which will empower citizens to provide life‐saving assistance throughout Alameda County.

When and Where
Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568

Who
Speakers will include Interim Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer, PulsePoint Foundation President & San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Fire Chief Richard Price, Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Alex Briscoe.

Summary
Alameda County is the first multi‐agency regional dispatch center to deploy PulsePoint, an innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App which will allow community members to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Made possible by funding from the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, App subscribers that have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the App, using advanced GPS technology, will notify community members in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The App also directs the “community responder” to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator.

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