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San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price is in Washington, D.C., today to present a free life-saving mobile phone app at a White House “Safety Datapalooza,” a fire district spokeswoman said. Price was invited to the nation’s capital to present the PulsePoint app, which alerts CPR-trained residents when a nearby person is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest nearby.
The local chief is joining other innovators from the non-profit, academic and private sectors who have used available government data to create apps and other products and services that advance public safety, fire district spokeswoman Kimberly French said. The event is organized by the White House offices of Public Engagement, Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Price, who presides over the Pleasanton-based nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation that created the app, has said the technology “empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to the victims of sudden cardiac arrest.”
The app, originally conceived of and piloted by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, is now also used by a number of other public safety agencies across the Bay Area, according to district officials.
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