Firefighter EMTs and Paramedics in San Ramon, California spend time between calls doing paperwork, studying or preparing food.
But once a call—typically for medical help—comes in, everyone scrambles to get to the location.
And it’s these moments spent getting to a 911 call that can be most critical for heart attack victims. In that case, 10 minutes is all they have until a person cannot be revived. Typical response time in San Ramon is seven.
That’s how San Ramon’s fire chief first conceived of the idea for the pulsepoint app, now available for download on iphones and android phones.
And as of next month, the app will spread to nearby San Jose, California.
It’s the first of many stops the app is making across the Bay Area—with development underway in San Francisco as well. The idea is that any good Samaritan in a public space can opt-in to the location-based app--- and If you’re nearby and 911 is dialed for a potential heart-attack, an alert will go to your phone.
“You have to be certified…”
The Pulse Point foundation is now in talks with more than 150 agencies around the world—from Fargo, North Dakota to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
From San Francisco, Kerry Davis, IDG News Service.