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.