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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November 13, 2011 | by

PulsePoint Foundation Hires Chief eXecution Officer

Rob Byrne

Rob Byrne, Chief eXecution Officer

PLEASANTON, CA – Matt Stamey, Chairman of the PulsePoint Board announced today, the hiring of Rob Byrne as the foundation’s Chief eXecution Officer (CXO). As the CXO for PulsePoint Byrne is responsible for the successful development, delivery and worldwide deployment of PulsePoint’s life saving applications and technology.

With a background that ranges from Space Shuttle flight control to relational database design to motion picture image restoration, Rob brings to PulsePoint a broad spectrum of technology expertise and executive experience.

In response to the announcement, PulsePoint President Richard Price said, “Rob’s diverse experience managing complex software development and implementation makes him very well suited to help the foundation widely deploy the lifesaving PulsePoint mobile application. He has the full support of our board and is exceptionally qualified to lead our global ambitions.”

At Johnson Space Center Byrne was a member of the team that developed the onboard flight control software for the United States Space Shuttle and participated in design of the data system for the International Space Station. At IBM Santa Teresa Lab he was an engineer and later a development manager for the DB2 relational database product. At PeopleSoft, Byrne held technical, management and executive positions, including Vice President of Product Quality and Vice President of the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Program. His most recent executive position was with San Francisco based nCircle Network Security where he was Vice President of Engineering.

Rob has also been active in the area of heritage preservation with a specific focus on motion picture restoration. He has led or participated in several film restoration projects, received a preservation grant from National Film Preservation Foundation, and was recently awarded the Haghefilm Foundation Fellowship for 2011.

When asked about his appointment, Byrne said, “I’m very excited about the potential and the idea PulsePoint represents and embodies. The notion that we can use ordinary Smartphone technology to save lives is a very powerful concept.” He added, “I am especially motivated by our non-profit model and that this technology is available without charge to individuals and to the public agencies we partner with. Our mission is our motivation and our reward comes not in dollars, but in lives saved.”

Byrne is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has also performed post-graduate studies at University of California at Berkeley, University of Houston, and San Jose State University. He currently serves on the board of the directors for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, as well as the Global Film Initiative.

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October 31, 2011 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price Named 2012 American Heart Association Heart of Gold Honoree

American Heart Association Heart Ball LogoSAN RAMON, CA – The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is proud to announce that Fire Chief Richard Price has been selected by the American Heart Association as the 2012 “Heart of Gold” honoree. The Heart of Gold Award honors an individual who has made significant contribution to the advancement of cardiovascular disease protection and has enhanced the welfare of the Greater Bay Area community.

In January 2011 the San Ramon Valley Fire District, lead by Fire Chief Richard Price, released an innovative new location-aware mobile phone application that empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. 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 location-based services, 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). Since its release earlier this year the application has received worldwide attention and acclaim.

“Each year, we search for an individual who stands out in the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke to honor with our Heart of Gold award,” said Jill DiGiacomo, executive director of the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area division. “Our hats are off to Chief Price for developing this cutting-edge and innovative technology.”

“A phone app that alerts CPR-trained citizens to respond to an emergency will literally save lives. For the American Heart Association, it doesn’t get any better than that. We applaud Chief Price and look forward to honoring him at our Heart of Gold Ball on June 2 at Livermore’s Wente Vineyards.”

A 32-year veteran of the Fire Service, Chief Price joined the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in 2006 as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and was named Fire Chief in 2008. Price is also the President of the PulsePoint Foundation. Price holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Hayward. He is a California State Certified Fire Chief and is an internationally certified Chief Fire Officer. In 2009 Price completed the four year Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. Price is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government and the Strategic Management of Public Organizations Program at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. In 2011 Price graduated from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

“I am extremely honored to receive this level of recognition from the American Heart Association,” said Chief Price. “I’m also very excited to be in a position to enable citizen superheroes by extending the reach of the CPR/AED mobile application worldwide through the PulsePoint Foundation. Every day nearly 1,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the U.S. alone – one every two minutes. I believe this app can significantly improve that outcome through increased citizen engagement and awareness.”

The Heart of Gold Ball raises funds that support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Money raised at the gala pays for research, development programs and community outreach efforts.

About the District
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides 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.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 950,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2008–09 the association invested $525 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

NOTE TO EDITORS
For additional web and print resources related to the app including sample screen shots, supporting images and video, please visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at http://pulsepoint.org/media-resources.

A photograph of Fire Chief Richard Price is available for download and use at http://www.firedepartment.org/RichardPriceDistrictPhoto.jpg.

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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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PulsePoint Foundation Begins Work to Extend Reach of Lifesaving Fire Department Mobile Phone App

SAN RAMON, CA – The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is proud to announce the formation of the PulsePoint Foundation. The new nonprofit organization has been established to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the Fire Department CPR notification app released earlier this year. The Fire Department app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. “The app crowd-sources Good Samaritans to events where the potential need for bystander CPR is high,” said Fire Chief Richard Price. “The vital work of the PulsePoint Foundation has already begun,” added Price. “PulsePoint is set to begin partnering with nearly two hundred fire and EMS agencies that have expressed interest in deploying the application in their communities.”

Although the application was pioneered and tested in the San Ramon Valley, the Fire District has always been anxious to share its life saving potential. Forming an independent and external foundation to distribute and support the application will help facilitate and speed adoption by other communities.

Intergraph Corporation, a leading Computer-aided Dispatch system vendor, has announced plans to offer the PulsePoint solution to all its accounts – which together cover one in twelve people worldwide. “Intergraph is proud to partner with the PulsePoint Foundation to facilitate this life-saving technology. The combination of PulsePoint’s CPR application and Intergraph’s global leadership in public safety solutions is a perfect match to achieve the ultimate objective of protecting lives,” said Jay Stinson, VP & General Manager, Intergraph Public Safety.

The PulsePoint Foundation will be guided by an Advisory Board made up of visionaries in the tech and medical industries, including Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Dave Duffield of Workday, CIO Tim Ferguson of Northern Kentucky University, CEO Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, and President Jack Parow of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The Board also includes a list of influential community leaders and business professionals including Bill Coy, Leadership Practice Director of La Piana Consulting, Petros Dermetzis, VP of Development at Workday, Joe Farrell, CEO of Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Don Ledoux, Partner at Summit Financial Group, David Rice, President of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, and Matt Stamey, Director at the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. The board has recruited Richard Price, Fire Chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, to serve as the Foundation’s president.

The application has received several international awards including the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) 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. The Public Service Announcement designed to promote awareness and adoption of the application also received two Telly Awards.

The potential of the application also caught the attention of some of the country’s leading resuscitation experts, including partners of The HeartRescue Project, a five-state effort funded by the Medtronic Foundation designed to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.

“We know that improved survivor rates begin with improved bystander response,” says Dr. Michael Sayre, an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Ohio State University and the HeartRescue Project medical director. “By taking advantage of advances in mobile technology, we can bring nearby lifesavers right to the scene to begin CPR, saving precious seconds.” One of the first states planning to deploy the application is Arizona, a HeartRescue Project participant.

Both the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and Northern Kentucky University and its College of Informatics have generously donated all rights from their original work on the application to the foundation for the benefit of society.

“Collaboration with the PulsePoint Foundation perfectly aligns with Northern Kentucky University’s community outreach mission. This innovative technology has true potential to change and save lives and we are proud to be part of such an initiative,” said James Votruba, President of NKU.

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“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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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.

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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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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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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.

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