Local firefighters using new app to save lives


by KREM.com


Posted on February 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Communications Center and Spokane County Fire Departments will be using a new smartphone app to help save lives.

The app is called PulsePoint. It allows people who are CPR trained to be alerted to a sudden cardiac arrest at the same time emergency responders are notified.  Users would also be notified when someone is having this kind of emergency near them.

“That person that get’s notified has to make a decision, whether they want to go and help or whether they don’t. Obviously, there’s no harm, no liability if they don’t but if they do, they could potentially save a life,” said Brain Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department.

PulsePoint will give citizen responders directions, notify them of any automatic external defibrillators in the area and provide radio traffic of emergency responders.
About 1,000 people die every day across the country from cardiac arrest.

“It’s an epidemic, we want to do something about it and levering technology is a great way to do it,” said Schaeffer.

Jake Desmarais is an example of someone who survived cardiac arrest because someone else was there before the fire department.

“He was not breathing, he had no heart beat and he was turning grey and he started CPR right away and called 911,” said Jake’s mom, Suzie Dunn.

People who want to download the app need to be willing to do “Hands-Only” CPR.

The app will be available February 14 in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.