The Casa Grande Fire Department is excited to join the PulsePoint Foundation in extending life-saving technology to Casa Grande via PulsePoint, a mobile app which alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid.

The app also notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification, as it can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“Bringing PulsePoint and the AED registry to our community is a significant step in improving the chain of survival,” said Assistant Fire Chief, Dave Kean. “It gives our residents and visitors the ability to know when a cardiac arrest is occurring close by, locate AEDs in the area, and perform potentially lifesaving CPR while our personnel respond to the scene.” Throughout the year, the Casa Grande Fire Department responds to more than 7,000 incidents, including more than 5,000 calls for emergency medical services.

“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, possibly in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is able to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. The latest AHA guidelines, published in Circulation, state that such community programs could increase bystander CPR to the roughly 326,000 cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital each year.

“The project expands PulsePoint coverage to the 50,000+ residents of the City of Casa Grande over an area of 110 square miles,” said Kean. “The local system will be the first of its kind in Pinal County, and we hope to see its impact grow into our neighboring communities.”

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

For additional information, or to learn more about CPR courses offered by the City of Casa Grande Fire Department, click here or call (520) 421-8777.