Average Citizen to First Responder? There's An App For That

Nov 8, 2018

The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department has launched a smartphone app called PulsePoint. It allows average citizens to be emergency responders. 

This could happen to anyone, anywhere:

“911 Emergency.”

“I think my husband’s having a heart attack.”

“Is he breathing?”


“Alright stay on the line with me. Someone is sending help.”

Eugene Springfield Fire Department Public Information Officer, Rachel Anderson and Training Captain, Mike Barnebey demonstrate how the PulsePoint app alerts a nearby citizen to give life-saving CPR until paramedics arrive.
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This emergency re-creation by fire department personnel is meant to demonstrate how PulsePoint app users can save a life.

The first help to arrive is a citizen who was alerted of this cardiac arrest happening nearby- by the app on his smart phone. He performs hands-only CPR until paramedics arrive to take over. This could cut the average emergency response time of four minutes in half.

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Officialas say every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest without treatment, survival rate decreases by 10%.

The PulsePoint app is free to download and uses GPS technology to notify subscribers within a quarter mile of a cardiac arrest event. The app also provides instruction on compression-only CPR.

Fire Chief Joseph Zaludek with Eugene Springfield Fire Department announces the launch of the PulsePoint app. It is free to download.
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