Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services invites its partner organizations and area residents to celebrate the local launch of a smartphone app that enables CPR-trained bystanders to initiate aid when someone experiences a cardiac arrest in a nearby public location.
The department’s PulsePoint Community Kickoff will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at Fire Station 3, located at 675 Giulio Cesare Ave, on the final day of American Heart Month. It will highlight the launch of the PulsePoint Respond app within the Sierra Vista department’s jurisdiction and the service area of Fry Fire District.
The event will feature brief remarks from several key partners on this project and first-hand accounts from locals with experience lending aid as bystanders in cardiac emergencies. The speakers include Fry Fire District Governing Board Member Tom Tucker who will share his recent experience of using the PulsePoint Respond app to aid a cardiac arrest victim in Tucson.
“We hope these first-hand stories illustrate how initiating CPR and resuscitation efforts quickly greatly improves a victim’s chances of survival. PulsePoint empowers citizens to act before first responders arrive, which sometimes can be the difference between life and death,” Sierra Vista Interim Fire Chief Brian Jones says. “We want to thank to the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona for helping make this possible.”
Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services funded the implementation of PulsePoint with a Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona grant of $26,000, which also covers the first two years of maintenance fees.
Following the speakers, Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services personnel will offer CPR and CCR information and hands-on demonstrations.
PulsePoint is integrated into the Southeastern Arizona Communications Center dispatch software, which enables the app to be used beyond Sierra Vista’s jurisdiction. As a result, the app will also work in the Fry Fire District service area and could also be used in other area fire districts in the future, based on integration with SEACOM.
How PulsePoint works
The PulsePoint Respond app and PulsePoint AED apps are free to download on the Apple and Google Play app stores.
PulsePoint Respond App users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and are willing to assist in case of an emergency will receive a notification if someone nearby is experiencing a cardiac arrest. If the cardiac arrest occurred in a public place, the app will alert nearby users as the dispatch for emergency medical personnel goes out.
PulsePoint Respond also directs users to the location of the closest Automated External Defibrillator. The location of area AEDs can be reported via the PulsePoint AED app, although they will not appear on the PulsePoint apps until fire and medical personnel verify the location.
PulsePoint has been implemented in about 3,396 communities. To learn more about PulsePoint, go to www.pulsepoint.org.
Community CPR Classes
Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services offers CPR classes on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 3.
The classes cost $75 per person and participants earn American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/First Aid/AED certification. To register, call Fire Station 3 at (520) 417-4400 or stop by the station, located at 675 Giulio Cesare Avenue, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.