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UC Davis and City of Davis Fire Departments launch Pulsepoint

Aggie Front PageOn Nov. 30, 2012, the Pulsepoint application was launched by the UC Davis Fire Department (UCDFD) and City of Davis Fire Department (CDFD), along with the City of Davis Dispatch center. The app was conceived by Fire Chief Richard Price from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

The smartphone app aims to allow community members to provide assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. According to a UCDFD and CDFD media release, about 1,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest every day. Many of these can be prevented if CPR and other lifesaving assistance is provided in time.

“The point of the application is to decrease the time between the initial incident and the time they are receiving life-saving CPR or defibrillation,” said Meghan Scannell, executive assistant to the Fire Chief at the UCDFD. “Citizens are bridging the gap between the collapse of the individual and the time that CPR is being administered.”

Read the full article by Paayal Zaveri at The California Aggie.

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December 18, 2012 | by

PulsePoint Saves Lives

Tri-City Voice Header300pxIt seemed like a good idea when San Ramon Valley Fire District started the program over two years ago. However, important questions remained… Who will show up to an emergency? Will dispatch be flooded with calls as a result of this? What will the impact be? Initial fears and reservations were swept away by the results.

Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer is convinced that PulsePoint, a system to “ping” registrants close to a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) emergency on cell phone devices, has resulted in fast response times and a blanket of first responders to help a person in distress even before emergency medical personnel are able to arrive. As a registered participant of PulsePoint, Shaffer has actually been involved in a PulsePoint action.

He says, “If I was sitting here and a medical event such as a heart attack occurred next door, unless someone was aware of my presence and ability to help, I wouldn’t know about it until the emergency vehicle arrived. That is bad because I am right here and could help, even with basic CPR.” What PulsePoint does is to notify those within a limited radius (1/4 mile) who signed up for the PulsePoint application on their cell phone device.

Read the full article by William Marshak at the Tri-City Voice.

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December 10, 2012 | by

App Makes Bystanders Key in Cardiac Arrest Survival

Firehouse Magazine LogoCitizens in a growing number of cities around the U.S. are now getting alerted when there’s an opportunity to perform bystander CPR, thanks to the PulsePoint phone app.

The free app, which notifies trained citizens of nearby cardiac emergencies and the location of the nearest AED, was originally developed and tested by the San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Fire Protection District. It works by connecting a participating agency’s dispatch data into the PulsePoint service so that citizen alerts go out simultaneously with the dispatch of local fire and EMS resources. (Citizen alerts only go out for cardiac emergencies in public places, not to private addresses.) The app shows the victim and the nearby AEDs on a map, in context to the recipient of the alert.

The app has had several updates and releases since it first launched.“The app is in a continuous update cycle,” said Price, thanks to time donated by professional developers at Workday, Inc. “We’re working on a major new version right now.”

In February, after the program had been running locally in San Ramon for over a year, the PulsePoint Foundation opened it up to other agencies. It has quickly spread in California and nationally.

“By the end of the month we expect it to be in more than 100 cities,” said San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price, who is also the president of the PulsePoint foundation.

Read the full article by Heather Caspi at Firehouse.com.

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December 7, 2012 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Receives Tri-Valley Heroes Award

Chief Richard Price demonstrating the PulsePoint appIn early 2010, Fire Chief Richard Price was sitting with a couple of his coworkers in a San Ramon restaurant when they heard a fire engine nearby.

That was no big deal. Price hears them all the time, but he idly wondered where the truck was headed. To his surprise, the truck pulled up right next to where he was eating.

Someone had gone into cardiac arrest. While Price gets paged if there’s a fire, he had received no notification of this, even though he had a defibrillator in his truck.

That got him thinking: A brain can survive only about 10 minutes after a heart stops, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District averages about seven minutes to arrive on scene.

It took about a year, but in January 2011 the SRVFPD released an app designed to create “citizen heroes” to offer CPR, and, if possible, to use an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).

Read the full article by Glenn Wohltmann in the San Ramon Valley Express.

The Tri-Valley Heroes award honors individuals or groups for their positive influence on the Valley and the lives of its residents.

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December 7, 2012 | by

UC Davis Fire Department Becomes 1st College Campus to Deploy PulsePoint App

UC Davis LogoThe UC Davis and City of Davis Fire Departments, in cooperation with the City of Davis Dispatch Center, are pleased to announce the launch of PulsePoint, an innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android application which will allow community members to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

On the UC Davis campus, there are approximately 60 AEDs available for use in incidents of sudden cardiac arrest. Of those 60, approximately 50 are located in facilities accessible by community responders at any given time. These AEDs are displayed in the PulsePoint app’s map feature at all times, allowing those trained in CPR and the use of AEDs to become familiar with the location of these life‐ saving devices prior to deployment in an emergency event.

Read the UC Davis Media Release announcing the launch of PulsePoint in both UC Davis and the City of Davis communities.

UC Davis has earned its stellar reputation in part through a commitment to addressing society’s needs through innovative research and public service.

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September 28, 2012 | by

PulsePoint first app released on InterAct’s SafeTown.org

InterAct LogoInterAct Announces SafeTown.org, New Technology to Better Connect the Public with Public Safety

InterAct’s latest Public Safety Cloud innovation enables citizens to share information with law enforcement, fire, emergency services and other citizens to create safer communities.

Winston-Salem, NC (September 28, 2012) – Continuing to deliver on its commitment to the Public Safety Cloud, InterAct, a leading provider of incident-response and management solutions today announced the release of SafeTown™; a powerful suite of cloud and smart phone apps that help public safety agencies better connect with the citizens they serve.

Improving the connection between the public safety community and the public provides significant benefits to both constituencies. “We place a high value on a strong partnership with our citizens. If we can better inform them, we can make them safer, and engaged citizens become a force multiplier for us.” said Taylor Jones, Deputy Chief, Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Services Division, Anderson County, SC. “SafeTown will give us the tools we need to effectively share information with our citizens and make our community a better, safer place to live.”

SafeTown delivers services to the community via a community web portal and a family of smart phone apps.

Read the rest of this media release on the InterAct blog.

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September 18, 2012 | by

White House Showcases Cool Tools For Public Safety

Chief Price on stage at White House DatapaloozaIt’s not easy following Todd Park, the federal government’s chief technology officer, and his breathless on-stage enthusiasm for promoting technical innovation in government and the virtues of collaboration.

Park clearly found an avid proponent, however, in Seth Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, who made a persuasive case last week in describing the inherent logic for government and the private sector to work jointly in turning information into useful tools for the American public and the U.S. economy.

Harris was one of nearly two dozen public officials and innovators invited by the White House to make presentations at the latest in a series of White House “Datapalooza” events Sept. 14 – this one aimed at showcasing how government data is being used to improve public safety. The half-day symposium was hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Read the rest of this article by Wyatt Kash at AOL Government.

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September 17, 2012 | by

Top 10 Heart Disease Apps of 2012 Includes PulsePoint

Healthline Top 10According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 616,000 people died from heart disease complications – one in every four deaths – in 2008.

The good news is that heart disease doesn’t have to be a death sentence anymore. In fact many of the risk factors associated with this condition — inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes — are highly preventable and treatable. So if you’re either at risk for or suffering from heart disease, you can take action now with a combination of behavior modification, medically-supervised treatment, and the following 10 apps.

Read the rest of this article by Tracy Rosecrans at Healthline.

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September 10, 2012 | by

The gift of life is in your hands

CPR Training ManikinThe last thing Robert Berue remembers before he died is sweeping freshly mowed grass clippings off the front porch of his Middletown home.

His third heart attack — which turned into cardiac arrest — happened on a sunny Saturday morning in June as some neighbors were outside on their lawns only a few doors away and unaware of what was happening.

That no one rushed to perform CPR before the paramedics arrived and revived him is something that doesn’t surprise Berue, who turned 50 in August.

After all, last year he watched his neighbor die in front of his house after he suffered cardiac arrest. As with Berue, the emergency medical responders performed CPR and revived his neighbor.

Read the rest of this article by Jo Ciavaglia at phillyBurbs.com.

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September 7, 2012 | by

Mobile Phone Application Will Help Save Lives

LPFD Fire Chief Jim Miguel

LPFD Fire Chief Jim Miguel

Your local fire department wants your phone to help save lives. A new, free mobile phone application called “Pulsepoint” is now available to residents.

The app includes the Alameda County Fire Department, Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department and Alameda Fire.

On Thursday, fire chiefs from the four departments, unveiled Pulsepoint.

“This is arguably the greatest technological innovation toward saving lives since CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] was introduced,” said Interim Chief Demetrious Shaffer of the Alameda County Fire Department.

Read the rest of this article by Autumn Johnson at Livermore Patch.

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