On January 29, 2013, TVF&R became the first fire department in Oregon to implement the
PulsePoint application (app). This smartphone app alerts subscribers who have indicated they are CPR-trained* to a
sudden cardiac arrest event. The alert is triggered by our 9-1-1 center at the same time that our firefighter EMTs and paramedics are dispatched. The app uses advanced GPS technology to notify subscribers within a ¼ mile of a cardiac arrest event. The app also directs subscribers to the location of the closest public access automated external defibrillator (AED). The app is only activated for cardiac arrest events in public places (not a private home). The PulsePoint app also provides a virtual window into TVF&R’s emergency activity. Users can view active incidents and dispatched units, and pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Users also can choose to be notified of incidents by type and monitor emergency radio traffic via this modern version of the traditional fire scanner.
Businesses, schools, and other public sites with an AED are asked to visit our
AED webpage to see if their AED is listed in our database. If not, email us at email@example.com.
Fire Chief Mike Duyck states, “We are honored to bring this lifesaving tool to this region. TVF&R’s cardiac survival rates are some of the highest in the nation and this technology is another way in which we can—in partnership with our community—save even more lives.”
* ”CPR trained” can be knowing how to administer Hands-Only CPR (no rescue breaths) or traditional CPR (with rescue breaths).
Frequently Asked Questions
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District for the creation of this innovative
and life-saving application.