January 24, 2012 | by

Location-based App for CPR Responders Spreads to Second City

Kerry Davis of IDG News Service recently rode along with San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Paramedics and interviewed Fire Chief Richard Price. The article below appeared in CIO Magazine, Macworld and PCWorld.

A location-based phone application that alerts people trained in CPR when someone nearby is having a heart attack will be spreading from San Ramon, California, to San Jose by mid-February, according to San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price.

The PulsePoint app sends a notification to a smartphone if the user is close to a possible heart attack victim, but only if the emergency is happening in a public space. The app has been available for more than a year and was recently added to the Android Market in addition to being available in the iPhone App Store.

The PulsePoint Foundation is working with more than 150 agencies that are interested in bringing the PulsePoint app to their communities, from Fargo, North Dakota, to an agency in Sao Paulo, Brazil, said a spokeswoman with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

Users must first confirm that they are CPR-certified, and the app then alerts them if dispatchers are sending EMTs to a potential heart attack victim in a public location. Price says heart attack victims are the focus of the app because resuscitation needs to be started within 10 minutes of the attack if victims are to have a chance of survival.

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January 18, 2012 | by

Citizen Superheroes Now Equipped with Android Devices

Lifesaving app now available in the Android Market

Android Screen ImagePLEASANTON, CA – The PulsePoint Foundation is proud to announce the release of the Android version of its life‐saving mobile app that crowd‐sources Good Samaritans to events where the potential need for bystander CPR is high. The iPhone version of the app was released in January 2011 by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. The PulsePoint Foundation is the new nonprofit organization taking the reins from the Fire District to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the app worldwide.

“We are very pleased to be extending the reach of the application to Android devices and users,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation and Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. “With nearly 1,000 deaths a day directly attributed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the time for this app is now.”

The foundation turned to Workday, Inc. (www.workday.com) to encourage its employees to volunteer to design and build the Android version along with a multijurisdictional, multi‐client infrastructure that could handle the worldwide interest in the app. The app was developed solely by volunteers from Workday’s development team. “Workday believes strongly in the mission of the foundation and is pleased that several of its employees donated their own time to lend a hand in this important initiative to improve the outcomes for victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” said Petros Dermetzis, Vice President of Development at Workday. “We are very proud and appreciative of the Workday employees who raised their hands to help others with this project.”

The PulsePoint app (previously the FireDepartment app) is now available at no cost in the Android Market. Android users can now simply visit the Market and search for “PulsePoint” to download the app, (the PulsePoint App requires the Android operating system of 2.2 or greater). Once the app is loaded into the phone users can volunteer to be notified if someone nearby is in need of CPR by selecting the CPR notification option.

The application has received several international awards including the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a CTIA-The Wireless Association 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation, an American Heart Association Life Saver Heart Partner Award, and an IADAS Webby Official Honoree award for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology. The Public Service Announcement designed to promote awareness and adoption of the application also received two Telly Awards.

The foundation is guided by an Advisory Board made up of visionaries in the tech and medical industries, including Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Co‐Founder and Co‐CEO Dave Duffield of Workday, CIO Tim Ferguson of Northern Kentucky University, CEO Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, and President Jack Parow of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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 certified 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.

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 https://www.pulsepoint.org/media-resources.

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December 14, 2011 | by

Saving Lives

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Originally offered in April 2010 as “Fire Department,” the PulsePoint mobile application has come a long way since the concept was first sketched on deli napkins. Developed by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in partnership with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University, the app is free, fast and friendly. Simultaneously with the dispatch of an emergency response team by the local 911 Emergency Response Center, the app alerts Smartphone users who have downloaded it (some 45,000 to date). Users can select the types of events that concern them from a menu including everything from wildfires to medical emergencies.

Read more of this cover story from Danville and Alamo Today by Jody Morgan.

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October 31, 2011 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price Named 2012 American Heart Association Heart of Gold Honoree

American Heart Association Heart Ball LogoSAN RAMON, CA – The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is proud to announce that Fire Chief Richard Price has been selected by the American Heart Association as the 2012 “Heart of Gold” honoree. The Heart of Gold Award honors an individual who has made significant contribution to the advancement of cardiovascular disease protection and has enhanced the welfare of the Greater Bay Area community.

In January 2011 the San Ramon Valley Fire District, lead by Fire Chief Richard Price, released an innovative new location-aware mobile phone application that empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using sophisticated location-based services, will alert citizens in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Since its release earlier this year the application has received worldwide attention and acclaim.

“Each year, we search for an individual who stands out in the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke to honor with our Heart of Gold award,” said Jill DiGiacomo, executive director of the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area division. “Our hats are off to Chief Price for developing this cutting-edge and innovative technology.”

“A phone app that alerts CPR-trained citizens to respond to an emergency will literally save lives. For the American Heart Association, it doesn’t get any better than that. We applaud Chief Price and look forward to honoring him at our Heart of Gold Ball on June 2 at Livermore’s Wente Vineyards.”

A 32-year veteran of the Fire Service, Chief Price joined the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District in 2006 as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and was named Fire Chief in 2008. Price is also the President of the PulsePoint Foundation. Price holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Hayward. He is a California State Certified Fire Chief and is an internationally certified Chief Fire Officer. In 2009 Price completed the four year Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. Price is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government and the Strategic Management of Public Organizations Program at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. In 2011 Price graduated from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

“I am extremely honored to receive this level of recognition from the American Heart Association,” said Chief Price. “I’m also very excited to be in a position to enable citizen superheroes by extending the reach of the CPR/AED mobile application worldwide through the PulsePoint Foundation. Every day nearly 1,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the U.S. alone – one every two minutes. I believe this app can significantly improve that outcome through increased citizen engagement and awareness.”

The Heart of Gold Ball raises funds that support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Money raised at the gala pays for research, development programs and community outreach efforts.

About the District
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 950,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2008–09 the association invested $525 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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 https://www.pulsepoint.org/media-resources.

A photograph of Fire Chief Richard Price is available for download and use at http://www.firedepartment.org/RichardPriceDistrictPhoto.jpg.

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October 20, 2011 | by

A California Survey of Digital Technology’s Role in Civic Engagement and Local Government

New America Foundation Report

New America Foundation Report October, 2011

Excerpt from page 5 “Innovation Spotlight: San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District CPR Application”

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (Contra Costa County) is combining GPS with a smartphone application to save lives in emergency situations. Launched in 2011, the Fire Department mobile iPhone application allows people certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to volunteer to be alerted if someone nearby appears to be having a cardiac event and may need help. Once notified of the emergency and the location , registered users can find the victim and administer CPR (or locate the nearest public defibrillator, as directed by the app), saving precious minutes before public safety personnel can respond. San Ramon Fire Chief Richard Price was inspired to create the application after hearing an emergency vehicle approaching a deli where he was having lunch. After parking in the restaurant’s lot, the emergency crew proceeded next door to respond to a cardiac emergency — a lifesaving service that the Chief and others could have easily and quickly provided had they only known of the emergency and its proximity. The idea for the application was born that afternoon, and preliminary plans were drawn up on a deli napkin. The mobile application “crowdsources” life saving services by using volunteers from throughout the community to help respond to critical cardiac events. After a multi-pronged public launch of the application, including use of social media, moving public service announcements, and outreach to community groups and stakeholders, approximately 40,000 users within the District’s boundaries have downloaded the application. Due to state, national and international demand for the technology, the Fire District has set up a non-profit foundation, PulsePoint, to assist in the dissemination of the technology to 125 other public agencies across the globe that would like to replicate it in their communities. In the future, a similar crowdsourcing application could be employed for Amber alerts, filling sandbags during a flood, or staffing emergency shelters in times of crisis.

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