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Lifesaving PulsePoint app now available 
in Kansas City region

Local city, county, fire department and emergency medical services leaders have joined forces to bring the lifesaving PulsePoint app to the Kansas City region. The free mobile app alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED).

“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting more than 350,000 people each year,” said Chief John Paul Jones of the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department. “This cutting-edge technology can save lives by alerting people who can start CPR before an ambulance arrives. With sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count.”

The Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs’ Council and Mid-America Regional Council Emergency Rescue committee (commonly known as MARCER) were instrumental in bringing PulsePoint to the Kansas City region. “It was important to us for this to be a regional effort,” said Richard Carrizzo, president of Heart of America Fire Chiefs and fire chief for the Southern Platte Fire Protection District.

The app is now available through three agencies that dispatch emergency medical services in all or part of six counties in the metro:

  • The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department dispatches for all of the city of Kansas City, Missouri (including portions of Platte, Clay and Jackson counties) as well as the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, Central Jackson County Fire Department, and the cities of Raytown, Grandview, North Kansas City and Claycomo.
  • The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department dispatches emergency medical services for all of Wyandotte County, Kansas.
  • The Johnson County Emergency Communications Center dispatches for all of Johnson County and part of Miami County in Kansas.

“Combined, these areas have a population of over 1.3 million. This is the largest regional effort to simultaneously implement Pulse Point in the nation,”  said Carrizzo. Additional cities and counties in the region may join later.

The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016. Even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.

“When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, each minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7-10 percent, so early bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED can be crucial,” said Chief Paul Berardi of the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department. “I encourage every resident who has CPR training to download the app and support our region’s first responders in saving lives.”

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free PulsePoint Respond app through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Once the app is installed, select the agency serving the area where you live or work to receive alerts. Users may follow more than one agency. PulsePoint is currently active in more than 2,500 cities across the country.

“The regional implementation of PulsePoint is a great example of the bistate cooperation we have among emergency services agencies in Greater Kansas City,” said Hannes Zacharias, county manager for Johnson County, Kansas, and co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this great service across the metro.”

Outreach for the PulsePoint rollout in the Kansas City region is funded in part by the CTIA Wireless Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. “The PulsePoint app is a perfect example of how wireless technology can be used to help save lives,” said CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou. “The Kansas City region has long been a pioneer in smart city technology, and we are so proud to play a role in making its citizens PulsePoint connected.”

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About Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Association (HOAFC): HOAFC represents more than 70 fire departments in the Greater Kansas City region. The association is governed by a Board of Directors and led by a President and Vice-President (one from Missouri and one from Kansas) and a Treasurer. HOAFC collaborates with the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and its subcommittees and partners to implement fire-service related initiatives in the region, including hazardous materials and heavy rescue planning, training and response.

About the PulsePoint Foundation: Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and off-duty personnel, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

About the CTIA Wireless Foundation:  Since 2014, the CTIA Wireless Foundation has been a key sponsor of PulsePoint working to deploy the app in communities across the country. PulsePoint is currently active in over 2,500 cities in 28 states.


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Eric Winebrenner, Public Safety Communications Director, Mid-America Regional Council,, 816-701-8211 (office) or 816-719-8346 (cell)
Barbara Hensley, Public Affairs Director, Mid-America Regional Council,, 816-701-8219 (office) or 816-835-8502 (cell)

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The Wireless Foundation Elevates PulsePoint Foundation Partnership to Make Life-Saving App Available to More Americans

PulsePoint app notifies nearby CPR-trained individuals so they may administer aid to cardiac arrest victims until paramedics arrive

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 – The Wireless Foundation and the PulsePoint Foundation announced an extension of their partnership to bring the free PulsePoint app to additional communities across America. As a Key Sponsor of PulsePoint in 2015, The Wireless Foundation will support PulsePoint’s mission to empower everyday citizens to use their smartphones to help save lives. Crowdsourcing citizens with CPR training, the free location-based mobile app alerts users in the immediate vicinity of cardiac arrest emergencies to provide first aid before professional first responders arrive on the scene.

If the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is in a public place, the application, using advanced wireless location technology, will notify citizens trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) who are in the vicinity. The app also directs these citizen responders to the location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

With national survival rates for SCA at less than eight percent, nearly 350,000 people die each year in the United States from cardiac arrest. Yet when effective CPR is administered within five minutes after a cardiac arrest, it can potentially double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but less than half receive this timely assistance.

Currently, PulsePoint is available in more than 1,100 communities in 22 states, including Albuquerque, Cleveland, Columbus, Jersey City, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Madison, Orlando, San Diego, San Jose, Spokane, and Tucson. The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play or you may visit


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About The Wireless Foundation
The Wireless Foundation ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. The Foundation’s innovative programs benefit consumers in areas including education, health, safety and the environment. The Foundation was formed by CTIA-The Wireless Association® member companies in 1991.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

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The Wireless Foundation: Amy Storey,, 202-736-3207
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith,, 616-724-4256

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July 2, 2013 | by

Richard Price of PulsePoint with John Walls, VP of Public Affairs at CTIA

For its July episode of “Wonder of Wireless” CTIA interviewed PulsePoint President Richard Price. Watch the brief segment below.

CTIA – The Wireless Association is an industry trade group that represents the international wireless telecommunications industry including content and app developers. Its members include cellular, personal communication services and enhanced specialized mobile radio providers and suppliers, and providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

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New Mobile Phone App to Help Save Lives Announced by San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital

SJFD LogoSAN JOSE, Calif. – A free CPR “citizen responder” mobile phone application will help save lives through a new partnership between the San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital.

The PulsePoint app enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. San José is the nation’s largest city to utilize PulsePoint’s location-aware technology. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android smart phones.

“The first few minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest are critical for saving lives, and this app will help citizens provide immediate assistance,” said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. “Technology can help us build a safer, stronger and healthier community, and our partnership with El Camino Hospital to bring PulsePoint to San José is a wonderful example of this commitment at no cost to us.”

App users, who have indicated they are trained in CPR, can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens in a public place of the need for CPR. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the nearest publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED).

The PulsePoint app will be made available to additional communities in Santa Clara County over the next year.

“We’re making it very easy to empower citizens of San Jose who can help with CPR when every second counts,” said San José Fire Chief William McDonald. “Timing is crucial for saving a life during cardiac arrest, and a notification to someone close by who can perform CPR can make all the difference.”

The City of San José has installed 190 AEDs in libraries, community centers and other public locations. The City has also installed 40 AEDs at the San Jose International Airport so victims of cardiac arrest can have a greater chance of survival.

El Camino Hospital Logo“Bringing this leading-edge lifesaving tool to the residents of San José is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the health and well being of our community,” said Tomi Ryba, president and CEO of El Camino Hospital. “We encourage everyone to become trained in CPR in order to extend the benefits of this mobile application and save lives.”

“Once a sudden cardiac arrest begins, chances of that person surviving decrease 10 percent for every minute that passes without resuscitation; after 10 minutes there is little chance for successful resuscitation,” said Chad Rammohan, MD, FACC, medical director of the Chest Pain Center at El Camino Hospital. “Citizen responders can help stop the clock by starting CPR immediately and help increase the individual’s chances for survival until paramedics arrive. Recent advances in hospital management including cooling or therapeutic hypothermia have made a significant difference in meaningful recovery.”

While difficult to quantify how many lives have been saved from bystander intervention since CPR was developed by the American Heart Association in 1960, the stories of people like sudden cardiac arrest survivor Theresa Doede underscore the important role that everyday individuals trained in CPR can play.

“I survived an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest while attending a Christmas party on December 11, 2010,” said Ms. Doede. “I have no brain injury due to a willing bystander beginning CPR within moments of my collapse.”

The PulsePoint app is available for download free at both the Apple iPhone App Store and in the Android Market.

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 the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a CTIA-The Wireless Association 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation, an American Heart Association Life Saver Heart Partner Award, and an IADAS Webby Official Honoree award for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology. Additional information about the PulsePoint app can be found at

About Sudden Cardiac Death
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, resulting in no blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States, with a median reported survival-to-hospital-discharge rate of 8 percent.

Rapidly implementing the “chain of survival” model can help increase the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. The steps in the chain include activation of emergency medical services by calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, using an AED and acquiring appropriate care.

About the San José Fire Department
The San José Fire Department is committed to excellence in public safety. It embraces innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of the diverse city of San José and works in partnership with the community to achieve a fire and hazard safe environment. The San José Fire Department consists of 650 authorized sworn personnel, 44 non-sworn uniformed Fire Communication Dispatchers, and 57 civilian personnel. It protects 206 square miles and approximately 1.2 million residents. Its mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. More information can be found at

About El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 542-bed, not-for-profit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, neuroscience, genomic medicine, and the only Women’s Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care. More information can be found at

About PulsePoint
PulsePoint is a non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life-saving skills to save lives. Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local fire departments, EMS agencies and police departments to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the estimated 1 million worldwide annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. More information about PulsePoint can be found at

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Public Information Officer
Office (408) 794-6959
Cell (408) 398-9228

Chris Ernst
El Camino Hospital
Office (650) 962-5853

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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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