It’s all part of a new cell phone application called PulsePoint Respond, that allows people who are CPR and AED certified to be notified when there are emergencies in their area.
In conjunction with Naperville’s emergency dispatch, registered users will be alerted when there’s an emergency situation within a 12-block radius of their location so they can respond while the fire department is en route.
“We want people to come out to the scene and do something. Even though it’s very quick for us to get there, the fact of the matter is, within four to six minutes there’s brain damage that occurs if somebody is without oxygen or blood circulation,” said Mark Puknaitis, Fire Chief with the Naperville Fire Department.
Besides being notified about how you can help in cardiac emergencies, you also have access to view the other calls they’re responding to.
“We don’t want anybody to get into their car and go to the scene for anything like that, but that’s like an awareness. We want to be transparent; we want to be as involved with the community as possible when it comes to letting people know what we are responding to,” said Puknaitis.
Naperville is the first city in Illinois to use the PulsePoint Respond app.
The application is free and can be downloaded for android and Iphone devices.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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