Joe Korngiebel

December 6, 2019 | by

Joe Korngiebel Joins PulsePoint Foundation Board

PulsePoint Pioneer and Innovation Technology Executive Joins PulsePoint Foundation Board

PLEASANTON, Calif., December 6, 2019 – The PulsePoint Foundation today announced that Joe Korngiebel has joined the Foundation’s Board. PulsePoint, an innovator of applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and professional emergency responders, strives to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life-saving skills to do just that…save lives!

Joe Korngiebel is an enterprise technology executive that has driven innovation and growth in the software industry for more than 20 years. Most recently, Joe served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Workday where he led the strategic direction of the company’s technology. Prior to the CTO role at Workday, Joe was senior vice president of experience technology and design, where he led strategy and development for Workday’s user experience and mobile technology. During his tenure, Joe also founded Workday Labs, the company’s center for research and innovation – and home to the “Code for Good” PulsePoint initiative.

“Mr. Korngiebel was an early evangelist of PulsePoint, heading the technical team at Workday Labs that first created the app,” said Matt Stamey, Board Chairman of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “He not only brings incredible technical experience and a rich understanding of software development, but he also has a sincere passion for our mission of engaging communities and saving lives.”

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

“I love what the PulsePoint team has accomplished to-date,” Korngiebel said. “And I look forward to working with the PulsePoint Board and management team to help drive their compelling life-saving vision and mission forward.”

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) public 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 and professional emergency responders, increase civic engagement and encourage the community to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

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August 15, 2019 | by

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Recognizing Several Local Heroes

On Thursday, August 15th, 2019, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will be recognizing several local heroes who jumped into action to save a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The victim and his rescuers will be meeting for the first time at the press event.

Event Details
Location: Shadow Cliffs Lake, 2500 Stanley Bl, Pleasanton
Time: 10:30 event start time
Date: August 15, 2019

On June 15, 2019, while running on Stanley Blvd outside of the East Bay Regional Park’s Shadow Cliffs Lake, Albert Hart suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. A friend recognized the severity of the situation and flagged down passing motorists. The motorist called 911 and started CPR. Noticing the commotion, off-duty Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighter Cadets Cody and Jason Stearns pulled over and took over CPR. The 911 call also triggered PulsePoint, which alerted nearby CPR-trained responders, one of which was a lifeguard working at Shadow Cliffs. The Lifeguard along with his colleagues was directed to the scene by PulsePoint. After arriving on scene, the responders were able to deliver defibrillation shock to Mr. Hart using the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). A few minutes behind Mr. Hart, on the same run, Mr. Hart’s wife, Trish, arrived at his side and spoke to him during the resuscitation.

PulsePoint Save Event Pleasanton (CA)
Albert and Trish Hart

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department paramedics and Paramedics Plus ambulance arrived at the scene and initiated Advanced Life Support care. Mr. Hart was transported to a local cardiac care emergency room where he was admitted, before eventually being transferred to Kaiser Hospital. Just eight days after the event, and a day after his 28th wedding anniversary, Mr. Hart walked out of the hospital in good condition.

Mr. Hart has returned to work with a Bay Area school district and will be celebrating his 60th birthday later this month. The Harts live in Marin but travel to Pleasanton often to train for endurance events which include running and open water swimming.

This miraculous recovery was only possible because of the individuals who chose to learn CPR and those who know CPR and downloaded the PulsePoint app. PulsePoint is a smartphone app that alerts CPR-trained citizens when there is a cardiac arrest victim nearby.

All of the Tri-Valley region, most of California, and over 3600 communities across North America utilize PulsePoint. The application was first deployed by San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in 2009 by then Fire Chief Richard Price. Chief Price later created the PulsePoint Foundation, a public non-profit 501(c)(3), which is currently headquartered in Pleasanton.

Deputy Chief Joe Testa stated, “This story should serve as inspiration for anyone who is able to learn CPR to do so. There is no better example of how important the bystander link is in the chain of survival.”

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EBRPD Lifeguards
McKenna Stevulak
Joseph Jerome
Rafael Ledezma-Villalva
Jeremiah Howland
Anthony Nguyen

Juliana Schirmer
Bill Schirmer
Albert Dyrness

LPFD Off-Duty Rescuers
LPFD Explorer Cody Stearns
LPFD Reserve Jason Stearns

The media is welcome and encouraged to attend the August 15th event where the citizen and lifeguard rescuers will be recognized. Mr. Hart and his wife will also be there to share their story and meet their rescuers. The event will mark the 2-month anniversary of Mr. Hart’s cardiac arrest.

Media Contact
Joe Testa, Deputy Fire Chief
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
3560 Nevada Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 998-1201

Source: Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Press Release

May 31, 2019 | by

PulsePoint Respond June 2019 Update

Take a look at what we are launching in June.

Update notes for iOS v4.3 and Android v4.5.


PulsePoint CPR Needed Alert

We’ve completely overhauled the way users interact with the app when a “CPR Needed” alert is received. Users now indicate if they intend to respond or not. If responding, a new user interface design offers more information including the ability to listen to live dispatch audio (if offered by the agency).

Watch a 30-second app preview of the new alert sequence.


PulsePoint Incident Map

Active incident map pins are now red.

Some incident icons have been revised.


PulsePoint Map Settings

A new map option has been added to suppress the display of recent incidents (gray pins).

All map preferences now persist between sessions.


PulsePoint AED Map Clustering

AEDs near each other now gather together into clusters to make viewing the map easier at different zoom levels.

New AED icons are now in use including a “+” badge to indicate collocated items are present.


PulsePoint AED Colocated Resources

An expanded AED detail box is now used to display colocated Naloxone (e.g., Narcan®) and Epinephrine (e.g., EpiPen®), along with Bleeding Control Kits.



PulsePoint VR Destination Street View

The incident detail box on the map page now contains a thumbnail image of the destination address in place of the incident type icon. Tap the thumbnail to open an interactive Street View panorama of the incident location.

This window into the incident location provides responders with early awareness of the destination and structure with immediate insight into the number of stories, roof type, construction features, etc. while still enroute to the scene.

PulsePoint VR Destination Street View

The panorama can be zoomed, rotated and tilted to determine business type, evaluate exposures, sight utility lines, identify access challenges, etc.

The CPR needed activation screen also offers destination Street View.

On incidents where Street View imagery is not available the original incident type icon will appear in place of the thumbnail.

This feature is considered experimental. Feedback on your experience is appreciated.


PulsePoint VR CPR Needed

Tap the new ID Badge icon to display a personal digital ID directly from the CPR needed activation screen.

January 25, 2019 | by

8 years of saving lives

PulsePoint is 8!
PulsePoint turns eight today and we want to celebrate! Our incredible growth and continued commitment to saving lives is made possible by the sustained support from our partner agencies. So, what better way to celebrate our birthday than by giving back!

PulsePoint Marketing Contest for CPR/AED Awareness Week (June 1-7, 2019)
We realize that great ideas don’t grow on trees and neither does money, so we’re offering $1000 grants to EIGHT agencies (in honor of our 8th birthday) that can outline exceptional PR and marketing plans for CPR/AED Awareness Week (June 1-7). Share your creative ideas (social media, traditional PR, marketing, etc.) to promote CPR, AEDs and PulsePoint in your community and we’ll help you fund them!

  • Applications must be submitted by April 1 to using the PulsePoint Grant Application Form.
  • Winners will be announced by May 1.
  • All applications must be executed in advance of or during the week of CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2019.

New PulsePoint Stats Webpage

We’ve grown a lot in eight years and in order to keep track, we’ve created a new stats webpage with all our most interesting statistics, updated in real time!

  • Curious about how many CPR-activations we process a day or since we launched in 2011?
  • Want to see how many people use PulsePoint Respond?
  • Interested in learning how many communities are now PulsePoint connected?

Our new stats webpage will allow you to track our progress and can be a helpful tool when sharing information with community members and media. Visit today!

PulsePoint: Now and Then
Learn more about the PulsePoint Foundation: our team, our Board and our history. Ever wonder how PulsePoint came to be? Check out this TED Talk video from PulsePoint founder and president, Richard Price.

December 7, 2018 | by

PulsePoint Respond December 2018 Update

Take a look at what we are launching in December.

Community version update notes for iOS v4.1 and Android v4.3. Agency administrators should refer to the full update letter.

Apple Critical Alerts

Critical Alerts (iOS)

Critical Alerts override the Do Not Disturb setting on your device for “CPR Needed” alerts and play the alert sound even when your device is muted. With 30% of notified users reporting that they have missed an alert due to a muted device, Critical Alerts offer a significant opportunity to improve PulsePoint-initiated CPR rates.

Learn more about using Critical Alerts with PulsePoint.

Share Incident via iMessage

Share Incident Information

Alert others to an emergency by using the new share incident icon on the map pin detail panel.

Medical incidents are not sharable (share icon will not appear).

Profile Account Icons

Social Media Accounts

For users looking to further engage in their communities, social media and other key account linked icons have been added to the individual agency profile pages.

Photos are now accessible via the Flickr icon for agencies that provide public photo albums. Images will open in the Flickr app if installed, and in a browser if not.

October 10, 2018 | by

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Releases Position Statement on the Use of Mobile Technology to Help Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its support of mobile apps designed to engage CPR-trained individuals through a position statement adopted by its board and released to the public today, during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, an official national observance. PulsePoint is highlighted as an app that has great potential to increase bystander response and initiation of CPR and AED use.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announced its support of mobile apps designed to engage CPR-trained individuals, such as PulsePoint, through a position statement adopted by its board and released to the public today, during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, an official national observance.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages—356,500 times annually—and survival depends on the quick actions of people nearby to call 911, start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and, if available, use an AED (automated external defibrillator).

The position paper supports and encourages broader use of mobile technology to initiate citizen response and increase the likelihood that CPR and AEDs will be deployed before first responders arrive. It specifically cites the most widely used and highly regarded mobile app is PulsePoint Respond, which alerts CPR-trained citizens to nearby episodes of SCA that occur in a public place, directs the citizen responders to the closest AED, and provides a CPR “How-To” instruction.

For extremely time-sensitive emergencies like cardiac arrest, notifying trained individuals that are in the immediate vicinity of an event, simultaneously with the established Fire/EMS response system, offers the potential to significantly improve outcomes. Because nearly 70 percent of SCAs occur in homes, a new professional version of the application called PulsePoint Verified Responder is being implemented to facilitate response by nearby, off-duty professionals to private homes.

“By directly alerting CPR-trained citizens nearby, maybe in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint’s aim is to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, president of the PulsePoint Foundation. “With more than 3,300 cities now connected to PulsePoint and with more than 1.4 million app subscribers, support and guidance from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is helpful as we both work to decrease fatalities from SCA.”

“By engaging the public in a novel way, mobile technology creates a new conversation around the importance of being CPR and AED trained,” says Henry Jampel, MD, MHS, chairman of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors and an SCA survivor. “Our next generation of CPR-trained citizens are app savvy, connected and willing to participate in social networks that provide opportunities to make a meaningful difference. We believe that reaching critical mass in adopting new technology, like PulsePoint, can lead to improved outcomes with the hope that survival from SCA will one day become the norm, rather than the exception.”

According to the position statement, “The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is to increase awareness of, and prevent death and disability from, SCA. We believe that by using mobile technology, like PulsePoint, to simultaneously notify nearby CPR/AED-trained individuals at the same time as on-duty first responders, intervention can begin sooner in more cases, and may be of higher quality (e.g., multiple responders, off-duty professionals, etc.), ultimately increasing SCA survival rates.”

The position paper goes on to state that the SCA Foundation also strongly believes that communities should maintain an accurate registry of all public AED locations and PulsePoint AED, a companion app to PulsePoint Respond, is one such app that can help build and maintain these registries.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF)
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as an information clearinghouse and social marketing force focused on raising awareness about the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. We are working to stimulate attitudinal and behavioral changes that will help save more lives. Specifically, we seek “To raise awareness and support programs that give ‘ordinary people’ the power to save a life.” Learn more at or contact

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 and off-duty personnel, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat. Each year, more than 356,500 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States. Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than 10 percent, but delivery of CPR can sustain life until first responders arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is 12 minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Media Contacts
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
Carissa B. Caramanis
(978) 875-2020

PulsePoint Foundation
Shannon Smith
(773) 339-7513

Source: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Press Release

September 20, 2018 | by

PulsePoint Welcomes Thomas C. Jenkins to Advisory Board

Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and IAFC Past President, Joins PulsePoint Foundation Advisory Board

PLEASANTON, Calif., September 14, 2018 – The PulsePoint Foundation, a pioneer of location-aware mobile apps that empower off-duty professionals and everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of cardiac arrest, announced today the appointment of Thomas C. Jenkins to the Foundation’s Advisory Board. Jenkins will advise the board, staff and member agencies, guide policy and partnership opportunities, and help inform future product development.

“We are delighted to have such an outstanding individual joining our board,” said Matthew Stamey, PulsePoint Foundation board chairman. “I’m confident that Chief Jenkins will make significant contributions to our organization. He is a valuable addition to our team filling an important industry role that has been served by Fire Chief Jack Parow since our inception in 2011.”

Chief Jenkins has been the Fire Chief for the Rogers Fire Department in Arkansas since 2009 and is the most recent past-president and chairman of the board for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IACF), where he is still an active member. Chief Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Chief Jenkins is a 2006 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is also recognized by the Commission on Professional Credentialing as a Chief Fire and Chief EMS Officer. Chief Jenkins has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for Oklahoma State University’s Fire Protection and Safety Program and also serves as an adjunct professor for both Oklahoma State University and Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Chief Jenkins has long been a supporter of the PulsePoint Foundation and under his guidance, Rogers Fire Department became the first agency to implement PulsePoint Respond in the state and subsequently has been the only agency in the country to implement PulsePoint Respond, PulsePoint AED, PulsePoint Verified Responder for sworn staff and NFORS for fire analytics. As a result of his leadership, PulsePoint president and founder, Richard Price, presented Chief Jenkins with the PulsePoint 2018 System of Excellence Award at this year’s Fire Rescue International conference sponsored by the IAFC.

“As a long-time supporter of the PulsePoint mission, I’m excited to formally join the team as they continue to develop technologies that not only empower everyday citizens, but also positively impact and serve our first responders,” said Jenkins. “I look forward to serving on the PulsePoint Foundation advisory board as their role as an innovative and life-saving organization continues.”

Targeted toward off-duty professionals and citizens trained in CPR, the PulsePoint app alerts users when a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs in a nearby public place, directs them to the patient location and provides CPR guidance while advanced care travels to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving SCA. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“It is truly an honor to add Chief Jenkins to our team,” said Richard Price, President of the 501(c)(3) non-profit PulsePoint Foundation. “He’s become a leader in the industry by embracing and utilizing technology and analytics to improve efficiencies and increase citizen engagement. His expertise will be an invaluable addition to our board as we continue to explore ways to harness technology to assist communities and their emergency responders.”

Chief Jenkins joins the team as PulsePoint continues to build its installed user base, which has rapidly grown to more than 3,300 communities in 42 states with more than 1.4 million users.

July 23, 2018 | by

PulsePoint Respond July 2018 Update

Below are end user community version update notes for iOS v3.24 and Android v2.4. Agency administrators should refer to the full update letter.

Seven new community notification types are available in this release. We are also introducing the concept of notification groups. A notification group is a collection of related incident types, such as Utility Emergency, which will notify on wires down, sheared hydrant, gas leaks, etc. See Notification Changes below for detailed information.

Time Zone Display
If you are in a different time zone, the actual incident time where the event occurred is now shown below local time.



Changes to existing notification types

Vehicle Accident/Fire Group (label changed from Vehicle Accident)
Traffic Collision
Vehicle Fire

Expanded Vehicle Accident Group
Expanded Traffic Collision
Traffic Collision Involving Train
Railroad/Train Emergency
Traffic Collision Involving Structure

New notification types

Aircraft Emergency Group
Aircraft Emergency
Aircraft Emergency Standby
Aircraft Crash
Landing Zone

Rescue, all types Group
Cliff Rescue
Confined Space
Rope Rescue
Technical Rescue
Trench Rescue
Water Rescue
Animal Rescue
Elevator Rescue
Urban Search and Rescue
Vessel Sinking

Utility Emergency Group
Gas Main
Electrical Emergency
Water Emergency
Wires Arcing
Wires Down
Sheared Hydrant
Pole Fire
Pipeline Emergency
Transformer Explosion

Natural Disaster Group
Flood Warning
Tornado Warning
Tsunami Warning



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May 24, 2018 | by

Volunteer Firefighter Saves Texas Man in Cardiac Arrest

PulsePoint app notifies local volunteer firefighter of cardiac arrest at local store

Cookeville, TENN – As Waldo Vasquez was walking into the Wal-Mart Supercenter last month, he never dreamed of how his visit would turn out. At the same time, a Texas man who was shopping in the store, stopped breathing. As he collapsed into his wife’s arms, she remembered the feeling of helplessness. “I have never felt so helpless. I remember holding him and watching him die. It was the worst feeling, not knowing what to do. Then, it was like Waldo (Vasquez) came out of nowhere and just took over. I was so grateful for him in that moment.” she recounted.

Vasquez, who was headed into the store to shop, was walking through the parking lot when he was first notified. “I was walking in and my phone started making noise. It was PulsePoint telling me that CPR was needed nearby, in the Wal-Mart Pharmacy,” Vasquez remembered. As Vasquez, a Putnam County Fire Department volunteer firefighter hurried to the Pharmacy side of the store, he saw the commotion. “I went over and could hear his wife screaming that he was having a heart attack. I got down on the floor and started talking to him while I checked his breathing and pulse. He was unconscious but tried to squeeze my hand at first,” Vasquez continued.

As Vasquez continued to assess the patient, he felt his pulse fade away, so he immediately started CPR. “I felt his pulse fade away to nothing, so I started CPR and told someone to call 911 back and tell them CPR was in-progress. I had just done CPR training for the fire department, but I never thought I would use it while I was out shopping,” Vasquez explained.

The Texas man was cared for by Putnam County EMS and Cookeville Fire Department paramedics on the scene, where they regained a pulse after shocking him with the ambulance’s defibrillator. What responders didn’t know at the time was that the man was headed to East Tennessee to go camping with his wife and had been complaining of chest pain off and on throughout the day. He was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and had 2 stints placed to correct the blockages in his heart.

“I am so thankful for Waldo, my angel sent from God, and for the PulsePoint App. This app notified him I needed help, and there is no doubt in my mind that the combination of the two saved my life. I wouldn’t be here today if PulsePoint hadn’t notified Waldo I needed him. He knew exactly what to do and saved my life!” the Texas man proclaimed.

Putnam County Fire Chief Tom Brown praised Vasquez for his work. “Our members are dedicated to the citizens and visitors of Putnam County, whether they’re on official fire department business or going through their daily lives. Waldo did exactly what he was trained to do, without hesitation. He is a fine example of what we expect of our volunteers, and we are thankful for him.”

PulsePoint is a smartphone app purchased in cooperation among Putnam County 911, the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation, Tennessee Heart, and the Mended Hearts Cookeville Chapter. The app runs in the background of the user’s phone and notifies CPR-trained citizens of an possible CPR event nearby that may need their skills. The app only notifies citizens of events occurring at a public location.

PulsePoint was launched in Putnam County in February. Officials are excited that only two months after launch, the app already paid off. “We were so happy to learn of the outcome for this visitor to our county, and we’re especially proud of Firefighter Vasquez for his incredible work. We are very fortunate in Putnam County to have men and women who volunteer to make our community safer,” stated Mike Thompson, Putnam County 911 Director.

Each year approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals. One of the first proven keys to survival is early CPR, by trained citizens, providing crucial care in the initial minutes following cardiac arrest. To learn more about PulsePoint, or to get involved and download the app, visit and click on 911 Center for more information.

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 and off-duty personnel, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.


Media Contacts
Brandon Smith, Asst. Director, PIO
(931) 525-2110

Source: Putnam County Press Release

May 22, 2018 | by

IAFC Recommends Use of Mobile Technology to Activate Citizens and First Responders to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

CHANTILLY, Va. (May 22, 2018) —The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supports the use of mobile technology for citizen response in conjunction with community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. In a Position Statement adopted May 9, the IAFC Board of Directors cited the PulsePoint mobile phone application (app) as a unique solution to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest by bridging the gap between a cardiac arrest event and arrival of medical assistance.

According to the Position Statement, “Applications such as PulsePoint offer a unique way to involve the citizens in a local jurisdiction to not only become aware of when others need life or death assistance, but also provide them an avenue to render aid. This not only reflects well on the fire department but provides the community with a sense of ownership in the program.”

“Sudden cardiac arrest is not only a concern for emergency responders, but a community-wide challenge that requires a community-wide response,” said Fire Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “As I’ve experienced in my own city, PulsePoint not only involves our residents in critical time-sensitive medical emergencies, but also strengthens bonds in our community and creates opportunity for positive interaction with our emergency responders.”

When implementing a technology-based program to activate citizen response, the IAFC Position Statement recommends that fire departments consider the following four issues: 1) activating citizen responders with PulsePoint 2) adopting the professional version of the app, Verified Responder, to engage in private residence activations 3) utilizing PulsePoint AED to build a comprehensive AED registry and 4) positioning PulsePoint as a way to provide transparent, real-time communication with citizens that increases familiarity with the app and connectivity with their emergency responders.

PulsePoint is a free app for citizens that matches victims in cardiac arrest with nearby CPR-trained individuals. Along with the location of the victim, the app also provides the location of the nearest AED. PulsePoint notifications are driven by the local jurisdiction’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, the same system used to dispatch emergency responders. If a 9-1-1 call from a public location leads a dispatcher to believe that a cardiac arrest event has occurred, both emergency responders and citizen responders are notified simultaneously.

“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, maybe in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is uniquely positioned to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, president of the PulsePoint Foundation. “With more than 3,000 cities now connected to PulsePoint and with well over one million app users, support and guidance from the IAFC is truly valued by our organization.”

Read the full IAFC Position Statement and supporting white paper.

Each year, approximately 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of these patients die. With each passing minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the chance of survival decreases by seven to ten percent. Participation by the general public prior to arrival of fire and emergency services is essential to increasing the patient’s chance of survival.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

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 and off-duty personnel, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.


Media Contacts
Jim Philipps
(703) 537-4829

Shannon Smith
(773) 339-7513

Source: IAFC Press Release