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South Sound 911 and all 19 local fire agencies in Pierce County, including Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, have partnered to launch PulsePoint Respond to provide the public with information to help save lives with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The free PulsePoint Respond mobile app empowers members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest until medical aid arrives. The app will alert CPR-trained subscribers to a potential need for CPR in the vicinity (in a public area) and the location of the nearest available automated external defibrillator (AED), if one exists. If administered immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

“Cardiac Arrest is a very efficient killer. Without citizens and family in close proximity taking immediate action, there is a low rate of survival for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest,” said Calvin Johnson, EMS Chief with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One. “Early lifesaving CPR exponentially improves the chances of a cardiac arrest victim walking out of the hospital… ALIVE. Citizen rescuers are the back bone of cardiac arrest survival.”

While the purpose of the app is to increase survival rates of cardiac arrest victims and to increase awareness of publicly accessible AEDs, PulsePoint Respond is not just a “CPR-notification app.” It also keeps the community informed of emergency fire and medical activity in real-time. Users can select and monitor any of the county’s 19 fire agencies and stay apprised of emergency and response activity in their jurisdiction – at the same time South Sound 911 fire dispatchers are dispatching aid.

PulsePoint Respond is available for free for both iOS and Android mobile devices in the App Store and Google Play.

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