Boise Fire Department
News Release

Dennis Doan
Boise Fire Chief

Contact: (208) 570-6500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

First Responders in Ada County Ask for Community’s Help Saving More Lives with Integrated Smartphone App, PulsePoint

ON THE EVE OF APRIL FOOL’S DAY, FIRST RESPONDERS REMIND ADA COUNTY & KUNA RESIDENTS HEART ATTACKS ARE NO JOKE

Seven First Responding Agencies in and Around Ada County Ask for Community’s Help Saving More Lives with 9-1-1 Integrated Smartphone App, PulsePoint

March 28, 2017 -  Ada County Paramedics, Boise Fire Department, Meridian Fire Department, Eagle Fire Department, Star Fire Department, Kuna Fire Department and North Ada County Fire and Rescue, which make up the Ada County City Emergency Services System (ACCESS), are asking their communities to assist in reducing sudden cardiac arrest deaths by downloading a 911-integrated smartphone app called PulsePoint.

Boise Fire Department Chief Dennis Doan said the ACCESS group is proud to be the first in Idaho to onboard PulsePoint.

“This mobile technology is something that will save lives,” Doan said. "I'm happy to see this initiative come together for the citizens in Ada County.  Having help arrive on scene even before first responders can make a big impact on the outcome of the patient.”

Ada County Paramedics Chief Darby Weston said that although Ada County’s paramedic and fire stations are strategically situated to respond to emergencies within minutes, if a bystander can perform CPR or activate an AED in advance, it could make all the difference to the patient.

“This app has the capacity to improve and increase bystander help for sudden cardiac arrest victims prior to first responders arriving on scene,” Weston said. “The sooner a sudden cardiac arrest patient receives CPR or AED intervention, the more cardiac tissue we can save—which directly correlates to a more favorable outcome for the heart attack patient.”

The Smartphone App, which is free to download, works by alerting the user when someone nearby is having a heart attack in a public location. PulsePoint also shows users an active map of all local AED devices.

The ACCESS agencies are urging the public to download the PulsePoint app by visiting their “Play Store” (Android) or “App Store” (iPhone).  For step-by-step help downloading PulsePoint, visit https://vimeo.com/135823822. For specific questions regarding PulsePoint, email info@pulsepoint.org.

 

About ACCESS

Ada County Paramedics, Boise Fire Department, Meridian Fire Department, Eagle Fire Department, Kuna Fire District, North Ada County Fire & Rescue and Star Fire make up the Ada County City Emergency Services System (ACCESS) which operates as a single and united 911 entity. By working collaboratively in the ACCESS system, streamlining protocols and sharing resources, we’re able to provide the highest level of care avilable to the many communities we serve.