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Lifesaving PulsePoint app now available in Reno

Reno Fire Department is first local agency to utilize lifesaving technology

Post Date:07/24/2018 2:39 PM

PulsePoint-mobilescreenThe Reno Fire Department is proud to announce that it is the first emergency response agency in the region to join the lifesaving PulsePoint app. Media and the public are invited to a press conference to learn more on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at Reno Fire Station 11.

The free mobile app alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED).

“Public safety is our top priority at the City of Reno,” Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “This modern technology can save lives by alerting people who can start CPR before first responders arrive. With sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count. I encourage every resident who has CPR training to download the app and support our first responders in saving lives.”

“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting more than 350,000 people each year,” Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said. “While our agency prides itself on our efficient response, PulsePoint also allows us to call on our citizens for assistance when these far-too-common and dangerous medical emergencies arise.”

The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person’s chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016. Even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free PulsePoint Respond app through the Google Play and Apple stores. Once the app is installed, select the agency (in this case “Reno Fire”) serving the area where you live or work to receive alerts. Users may follow more than one agency.

Citizens can also download the PulsePoint AED app and use it to report AEDs in the Reno community.

For more information, visit PulsePoint.org.

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