TIGARD, Ore. – There's a new app to help save people who urgently need CPR.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue on Tuesday introduced the PulsePoint app. It alerts users who indicate that they’re CPR trained of incidents in public places where CPR is urgently needed.
After someone calls 9-1-1, the app uses location-based services to direct citizen rescuers to the exact location, and also displays where they can find the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED). If you can help, you can go help someone in distress to keep them alive until emergency responders arrive.
"So often it doesn't occur that way where we have bystanders on scene prior to arrival performing that life-saving skill that gives us, frankly a viable patient," said Tualatin Valley fire Chief Mike Duyck.
The app also allows users to look at TVF&R’s current emergency activity within the fire district. You can find active incidents and dispatched units on an interactive map. Users can choose to be alerted of certain incidents.
"We are honored to bring this lifesaving tool to this region," said Duyck. "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."
The PulsePoint app is free to download from the iTunes and Android app stores. About 20 fire stations nationwide are currently using the app.
Businesses, schools, and other public sites with an AED are asked to email TVF&R at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that their AED is the TVF&R's PulsePoint database.