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January 23, 2012

Life-saving app extends reach into community

SAN FRANCISCO — A life-saving mobile app is stretching its reach. The PulsePoint app — previously known as the FireDepartment app — is now available at no cost in the Android Market.

The iPhone version of the app was released in January 2011 by the San Ramon Valley, Calif., Fire Protection District. The app crowd‐sources Good Samaritans to events where the potential need for bystander CPR is high.

Last year, the app was given the IAFC's 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence. Once the app is loaded into the phone, users can volunteer to be notified if someone nearby is in need of CPR by selecting the CPR notification option.

The latest version of the app — developed by the PulsePoint Foundation — can be downloaded for free in the Android Market by searching for "PulsePoint."

"We are very pleased to be extending the reach of the application to Android devices and users," said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation and Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

"With nearly 1,000 deaths a day directly attributed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the time for this app is now."