Spotsylvania Fire, Rescue, & Emergency Management launches PulsePoint Respond–a mobile phone app

by | Feb 3, 2023 | Police and Fire

The Spotsylvania County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management has announced the launch of PulsePoint Respond, a mobile phone application designed to support public safety agencies, increasing cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active resident support.


PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint Respond app subscribers who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can be notified if
someone nearby is having a SCA and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location‐aware application will alert users in the vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care.

The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exact location of the closest AED, if that AED is registered through the PulsePoint AED mobile application. The companion app, PulsePoint AED, lets you report and update AED locations so that emergency responders, including nearby citizens, can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs.

You can help build the community registry by using PulsePoint AED to describe the location of an AED and add a picture. This information is then staged for local authorities to verify. After that, the AED location data can be made available to dispatchers and anyone using the PulsePoint Respond app.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this program (PulsePoint Respond) to our community” says Spotsylvania County Fire Chief Jay Cullinan. “Time is critical in the event of someone going into cardiac arrest. Engaging our community to provide life‐saving efforts through the administration of CPR prior to
the arrival of our crews has the potential to save many lives. Also having business/facility owners and other members of our community notify us of the locations of AED through the PulsePoint AED app will aid us in making sure we have an updated inventory of available AEDs for use in the event someone
experiences a sudden cardiac arrest nearby” adds Chief Cullinan.

Many have been moved by the recent televised sudden cardiac arrest of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during a Monday Night Football game, and his amazing recovery as the result of early CPR and use of an AED. The Spotsylvania County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management hopes that this greater community awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, along with the availability of this new technology will encourage members of the community to become trained in CPR and be willing to offer help when it is needed the most.

PulsePoint is a public 501(c)(3) non‐profit foundation that builds applications for use by public safety agencies to increase community awareness during critical events. The PulsePoint Respond mobile app notifies trained individuals of the nearby need for CPR and the PulsePoint AED registry identifies AED
(automated external defibrillator) locations for use by the public and 9‐1‐1 telecommunicators during emergency call taking. PulsePoint also provides specialized mobile apps for professional responders. Learn more at pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.


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