Fire departments served by the Contra Costa Regional Fire Communications Center (CCRFCC) launched the new PulsePoint app this week.
The PulsePoint app is designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. The app empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency 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 location-aware application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
In addition to life-saving CPR notifications, the application provides a complete virtual window into select emergency communication centers worldwide. Mobile users have real-time access to emergency activity as it’s occurring in these communities.
App users are able to view active incidents – including the current response status of dispatched units (en route, on scene, etc.) – and instantly pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Curious as to where that fire engine or ambulance that just passed is headed? Is there an accident up ahead causing this traffic tie-up? Just tap the application to quickly find the incident location or plan an alternate route. A log of recent incidents and a photo gallery of significant events can also be easily accessed.
Users can also choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and listen in on live emergency radio traffic via the modern version of the traditional fire scanner.
To install the PulsePoint app simply search PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or in Android Apps on Google Play.