March 6, 2013 | by

PulsePoint Foundation President, Richard Price, Named JEMS EMS Innovator for 2012

EMS10Header600pxWashington, D.C. – At the EMS Today Conference tonight, March 6, 2013 PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price, along with other progressive professionals who have driven the practice of EMS forward in 2012, were celebrated at the Innovators in EMS Dinner and Award Ceremony. The EMS 10: Innovators in EMS Award, sponsored by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and Physio-Control Inc., “recognizes ten individuals who are models of quality service and have taken great risks in an effort to advance the art and science of prehospital emergency care. Their efforts serve as an inspiration and a challenge to the rest of the EMS community.”

Chief Price was recognized for his vision to empower citizen responders with the lifesaving PulsePoint mobile app. The app aims to improve the frequency of bystander CPR by increasing awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area and by increasing the awareness and speed of public access defibrillator (AED) deployment by providing precise location information of nearby devices in real-time and in context with the rescuers current location.

The EMS Today Conference and Expo is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. from March 5-9, 2013.

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January 29, 2013 | by

Free smartphone app, new to Oregon, designed to save lives through crowdsourcing CPR

AppStoreScreenShot300pxRichard Price heard a distant siren and wondered where the emergency crew was headed. The siren’s whine intensified until the crew pulled up outside the deli where Price was having lunch.

Next door, someone was in cardiac arrest: The person’s heart had stopped beating unexpectedly.

Price, who was chief of northern California’s San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District until retiring last year, is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He carried an automated external defibrillator in his car trunk. If he’d known, he could have worked to re-start the victim’s heart during the crucial minutes it took the rescue crew to arrive — minutes that frequently mean the difference between life and death for those in cardiac arrest.

The incident about three years ago inspired what Price considers the best idea he ever had: PulsePoint, a free smartphone application that fires off alerts when CPR may be needed in a public space nearby. It directs bystanders willing to perform CPR to the precise location and tells them where to find publicly accessible automated defibrillators.

Tuesday, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue became the first Oregon fire department to introduce and implement the app. Its developers hope its use spreads to departments across the state — even around the world.

For now in Oregon, those who live or work in, or who travel through TVF&R’s, 220-square-mile service area, and who download the PulsePoint app, could have lifesaving opportunities in their future.

“We see this as another way in which we can partner with the community to save even more lives,” says Mark Charleston, TVF&R battalion chief.

The fire department serves about 450,000 residents from U.S. 30 at its northern edge, to Charbonneau in the south, Sherwood to the west and West Linn to the east. It has a longstanding goal of increasing survival rates for cardiac patients.

Read the full article by Katy Muldoon, at The Oregonian.

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January 7, 2013 | by

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 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 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 13, 2012 | by

Fire Chief Richard Price Invited to White House to Present PulsePoint App

White HousePLEASANTON, CA – On Friday, September 14, 2012 San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price will present the lifesaving PulsePoint App at a White House “Safety Datapalooza” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The event will be streamed live at beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST.

The White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation invited Chief Price to the event highlighting innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.

The event will also feature the announcement of new safety data resources being made available, including valuable, real-time tools to provide details about natural disasters and improve preparedness and emergency response. The event will be followed by an “expo” in which attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the innovations highlighted.

The event will feature John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Seth D. Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor; Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey and Todd Park, Assistant to the President, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that… save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local Fire Departments, EMS agencies, and Police Departments to improve communications with citizens and empower them to reduce worldwide sudden cardiac arrest deaths. For more information visit

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

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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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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


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