IPhone App Helps Heart Attack Victims

In the San Ramon area of California there is a new app that is helping save lives. The San Ramon Fire Department has launched an app simply called “Fire Department” that allows CPR certified individuals to be notified when there is a heart attack victim in their area in need of assistance.

Users simply download the app, mark that they are CPR certified and the app will track their location. When 911 dispatch gets a call near a user, the user will be notified and they will also receive the nearest location of an Automated External Defibrillator. Often it takes ambulances nearly 10 minutes to get to a victim, and by then it’s too late to save them.

This is a big job for one department. The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is looking into making an entire foundation to over see the project, and to work with Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics, whose interns are working on the actual application. They also have to add AED support for users who have never used one before to save a life.

Upon the completion and launch of this app, I think it will be the beginning of life saving apps. Apps are a great tool for cities to utilize, no matter what, but usually they are for shopping, or some kind of economy boosting type of app. The “Fire Department” app empowers citizens to save lives and become heroes.

Some might have concerns about how many people who sign up for this app actually would respond to such calls. An app is always optional. If you don’t want to participate, don’t download the application. All around cities are full of caring people who thrive on helping others, ideally those same people are the ones adding this application to help them become everyday supermen/women.

There is still a lot of room for improvement on this app, but Fire Chief Richard Price believes “even if it saves just one life, it’s worth it.”

Originally Published on: Mar 21, 2011 @ 16:18

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