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

Alameda County PulsePoint Press Conference