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Android Users Can Now Save Lives, Too

Mobile app originally developed by the San Ramon Valley Fire District that alerts users to events where CPR is needed is now available for Android users.

The lifesaving app that was developed out of the and was previously only available for iPhone users is now open to Android users as well.

The PulsePoint Foundation, the new nonprofit organization that is at the helm of the app, released the new Android version.

The app crowd-sources would-be Good Samaritans to events where the need for bystander CPR is high. The app also lists where automated external defibrillator or AEDs are located throughout the area. The SRV Fire Protection District released the original , before was founded. SRV Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price is also president of the PulsePoint Foundation.

“We are very pleased to be extending the reach of the application to Android devices and users,” Price said in a release.

“With nearly 1,000 deaths a day directly attributed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the time for this app is now," he added.

Search "PulsePoint" to download the app at no cost in the Android Market. Once the app is downloaded to the phone, users can set it to notify them if someone is nearby and is in need of CPR.

According to the release, the application has received several international awards including the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation, an American Heart Association Life Saver Heart Partner Award, and an IADAS Webby Official Honoree award for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology.

The Public Service Announcement designed to promote the app also received two Telly Awards.

PulsePoint, a registered 501(c)(3) non‐profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has a goal make it easier for residents who are certified in CPR to use their life saving skills.

PulsePoint is working toward expanding this use of the world.

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