East Bay Firefighters’ Life-Saving Smartphone App Works As Designed When Man Needed CPR

CBS San Francisco

SAN RAMON (CBS SF) — A smartphone app pioneered by an East Bay fire department is being credited with saving a life by alerting an off-duty firefighter of someone nearby who needed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

The PulsePoint application triggers an alert to CPR-trained citizens when a local 9-1-1 call is made, allowing anyone with the app to respond if they are nearby the person needing assistance.

Last month, an off-duty firefighter was working out at a Clackamas, Oregon health club when he was alerted through the PulsePoint app, finding a man unconscious and not breathing outside the health club within a minute, according to the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District which developed the app.

The firefighter immediately began CPR on the 57-year-old man and continued until paramedics arrived, the district said.

Firefighter/Paramedic Lucas Hirst, who also has experience as an IT technician, led an effort by developers to create the app…

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