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Saving lives: Giving firefighter/paramedics a big head start

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Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue is taking a major step to dramatically increase the chances of survival of those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

Sadly, survival rates for sudden cardiac arrests is less than 8% 92 out of hundred die. To dramatically improve that score a special cell phone app is now available to get help to victims even faster than an ambulance crew.

Under Depoe Bay’s new program, called “PulsePoint,” those who are trained and certified for administering CPR to a cardiac victim will have the app in their cell phones.

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This is how it works.

Upon receiving a 9-1-1 call from someone who has witnessed a heart attack, those in the immediate area of the victim, who are “PulsePoint” members, will get an alert from 9-1-1 dispatch on their cell phones. Upon reading the location or address on their cell phone screen they’ll either run or drive quickly to the victim’s location. Once there, CPR begins immediately and continues until an ambulance crew arrives – and then they take over. Because CPR begins within a minute or two, it’s far more likely that the victim will survive.

Those who work or live in the Depoe Bay area and who are interested in this innovative life saving program can contact Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams at (541) 764-2202.

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