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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Chesterfield Fire & EMS Partners with PulsePoint to Bring Lifesaving Technology to County

PulsePoint

Chesterfield Fire and EMS

Jan. 10, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services announced today a partnership with PulsePoint, a 9-1-1 integrated mobile app and community tool that empowers CPR-trained citizens to help save lives. This partnership furthers the county’s commitment to creating a healthy and civically engaged community. 

This past year, Chesterfield Fire and EMS responded to over 47,000 calls for service, including over 300 cardiac arrest events. Chesterfield citizens can play a role and be a life saver by downloading the two PulsePoint apps: PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED.

PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. PulsePoint Respond app subscribers who have indicated they are trained in CPR and willing to assist in case of an emergency can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the PulsePoint app 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. 

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. 

“It is proven that early CPR and the early use of an AED increases the survivability of a sudden cardiac arrest,” said Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Sal Luciano. “PulsePoint 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.” 

For residents that are interested in learning CPR, Chesterfield Fire and EMS is offering hands-only CPR and AED awareness training monthly beginning in February. These hour-long classes are free of charge and will teach you how to perform hands-only CPR immediately after a cardiac event in order to improve survival rates. For more information and to sign up for this class go to https://www.chesterfield.gov/cpr.

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