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September 11, 2012 > Alameda County fire departments introduce PulsePoint

Alameda County fire departments introduce PulsePoint

Submitted By Alameda County Fire Department

Alameda County Fire Department, the City of Alameda Fire Department, the Fremont Fire Department and the Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Department announced a new state-of-the-art Smartphone Application (App), PulsePoint, which will empower citizens to provide life-saving assistance throughout Alameda County.

Interim Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer, PulsePoint Foundation President & San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Fire Chief Richard Price, Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Alex Briscoe held a press conference September 6 to introduce the first multi-agency regional dispatch center to deploy PulsePoint. This innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App which will allow community members to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Made possible by funding from the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, App 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 App, 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.

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