San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price Presenting PulsePoint App to White House

Price will be presenting the PulsePoint App to hundreds at the White House Friday morning.

San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price will be at the White House Friday morning to present the mobile app he help create that is changing the way fire departments around the country are disseminating information and alerting citizens of an emergency.

Price will be one of four presenters at the event dubbed “Safety Datapalooza” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Price is expected to speak for about 10 minutes and the event will be streamed live starting at 5:30 a.m. (You can watch here.)

Hundreads of people are expected to attend the event, including top members of a number of federal departments. President Barack Obama is not expected to attend.

The White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation invited Price to the event to highlight innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.

The event will also feature the announcement of new safety data resources being made available, including valuable, real-time tools to provide details about natural disasters and improve preparedness and emergency response. The event will be followed by an “expo” in which attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the innovations highlighted.

The PulsePoint App, which started with the and is now used by seven departments — with about another 25 departments about to launch — is becoming more and more popular around the country.

"We're hoping the White House event will bring awareness and we can get into as many fire departments as possible," San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District spokesman Kimberly French said. "The more people that have it the more likely it will save lives."

The app alerts users if there's a medical emergency happening nearby, allowing CPR certified citizens to help someone in an emergency.

Some information in this article was taken from a San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District press release.

Ann Dodson September 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I use the App all the time! Congratulations Mr. Price! -Ann Dodson
Maria Harral September 14, 2012 at 01:45 AM
just got it on the itunes store!
Tom September 14, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Maybe he can make enough money from this to be able to donate some of his bloated pension to the local schools. Now that would be breaking news.
Ken Adams September 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Wow, maybe you should consider some anger management counseling, huh? Or just vacate that bitter barn that you live in. Jeez
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I agree, that was a "cheap shot" where it did not need to be. Besides, perhaps the Fire Chief earned that pension for his years of service. Ever think of that? Instead, it's easier to demonize him because he is a public employee. Unless "Tom" knows something we don't, let the Fire Chief have his moment.
Mat J. September 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
If you had bothered to go to the App Link provided in the article you would have seen that the App is being provide "free of charge"...
Californicated1 September 14, 2012 at 08:29 PM
And that application may come in handy, not only to alert Emergency Services where help is needed, but also in some cases assist the rest of us in avoiding an area because traffic around the incident might be backed up. It's a "win-win" situation when you get right down to it. The faster you can get information about what could cause a traffic problem, the easier it may be to avoid it, instead of being stuck in traffic, wondering why, and having the folks at Metro Traffic broadcast what you might already know by the time they broadcast it on your radio station. Probably faster than what Carla Knight or even Stan Burford can report to you on their respective traffic broadcasts on KQED and KGO respectively.
Jerry Byrum September 16, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Tom, do not be angry for the Chief Price doing something you obviously can not do..."make a difference". You see that's what public servants do, make difference every day regardless if people like you like it or not. And we do not discriminate making difference between people who like us or not so be very thankful that better people than you decided to become firefighters. I hope you never need the services provided by your local firefighters, but rest assured if you do they will not care about your measly poor thought and misguided comments. Have a nice day!
Tom September 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Sorry, but while we are being held hostage by the all mightly public employee unions I will continue to call them on the carpet. Being a firefighter is indeed a nobel job and of course we must pay for this important service BUT we over pay with taxpayer money that we cant afford and as a result many of our schools are underfunded. Taxpayer money is NOT unlimited. I run a large P&L and the math does not make sense here. You choose to be a firefighter and for that I do respect you, I just dont think that allows you to BK the state with elected officials YOU put in power so you can work out a contract with these very same people. Does that sound the a good way to run anything?


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