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May 12, 2014 | by

Rural/Metro first in Arizona to use new emergency alert app

Rural/Metro FireWith a simple alert from your phone, you could help save a life.

“It means the community is now looking out for each other,” said Capt. Grant Cesarek with Rural Metro Fire, who says they are the first agency to start using PulsePoint.

PulsePoint is a free app for Android and iPhone, that tells you when emergency help is needed.

“Anyone that has their phone that’s been registered for the app and downloaded the app that’s within about 300 feet of a cardiac arrest event, would get a push notification and an alert that there’s a need for CPR,” said Cesarek.

Cesarek says the hope is that bystanders can start CPR before emergency crews arrive. The app will also walk someone through the steps of CPR if they don’t know how, and alert the user if there is an AED nearby to use as well.

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“If there’s a minute ahead of time before paramedics arrive then that’s a minute of good CPR and good blood flow and good circulation for that person,” he said.

The dispatch computers automatically send information to the app, so if Rural Metro gets a call and someone needs CPR, you get an alert.

“It’s all set up so that bystanders can be alerted and decide whether or not they want to help their own community members,” he said.

He says this technology will especially help in a near-drowning, where every second counts.

“There’s nothing wrong with us as firefighters and paramedics, showing up to a scene and CPR is started,” said Cesarek. “We say, ‘sir, ma’am, we’ll slide in,’ and then we take over from there.”

View the newscast and full story by Rikki Mitchell at KGUN9.

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January 9, 2013 | by

PulsePoint – Turning Everyday Citizens Into Heroes


It seems like there’s an app for everything these days but of all the apps on your smart phone, is there one that could help you save a life? The Avera Heart Hospital has teamed up with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to launch an app that can turn everyday citizens into life saving heroes.

On average it takes Sioux Falls emergency responders around six minutes to get on scene. But when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest those six minutes could mean the difference between life and death.

“I believe there are people out there, who are willing, able, and trained to do CPR and all they need to know is that there is a need for that.” Said Division Chief Jeff Helm with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Say hello to PulsePoint, a free app for your smart phone that does exactly that. It’s an alert system that turns everyday people into lifesavers.

See the full story by Jake Iversen at KSFY Television (ABC).

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January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls launching app that aims to save lives through CPR

Seal of the City of Sioux FallsSioux Falls is launching a smartphone app that will enable more people to help save lives.

People who are willing and able to perform CPR can download PulsePoint, an app for Android and iPhone that notifies users when an emergency happens in a public place. The app uses GPS to notify users within walking distance, so ideally he or she could be on scene faster than emergency responders, said Jeff Helm, Division Chief for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Here’s an example of how it works:

Someone in Best Buy has a heart attack. Someone calls 911. When 911 dispatches EMS responders, the message is simultaneously sent to PulsePoint. The app uses GPS to notify users within a half-mile of the scene.

The free app shows your location, the location of the emergency and the location of the nearest Public Access Defibrillator.

Read the full article by Sarah Reinecke at the Argus Leader.

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