RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department has a great tool that allows the public to assist with medical emergencies.
It’s an app called “PulsePoint” and it will notify you if you’re close to a cardiac arrest victim.
Rapid City Fire Chief Jason Culberson says that even though the department has ambulance crews strategically placed around the city, it takes time to reach a victim – and time is of the essence.
“Help us help the rest of this community. Help your fellow citizen. The faster you get on the chest, the faster you start doing CPR, the faster you get an AED in place and shock, the better chance that patient has of survival,” Chief Culberson said.
Chief Culberson says the 9-1-1 dispatchers are well-versed in dealing with cardiac arrests and can talk you through what to do.
“Obviously we want those who know how to perform CPR…are our ideal candidates. But even then, it’s allowing just the regular citizen…it gives you some instructions on there, allows you respond — call 911. What’s great about our 911 system that they are very well-prepared to take that cardiac arrest call and help you — if you’re not CPR-certified, they can walk you through the steps to do it,” Chief Culberson said.
You can download PulsePoint from the Apple or Google Play stores.