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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

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In 2018, Mount Prospect experienced 25 cardiac arrest incidents. Of those, 18 were pronounced dead at the scene, seven were taken to a hospital where six patients recovered and one passed away.

Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel presented the PulsePoint app to the village board Committee of the Whole meeting. The app, which has been used in Naperville for the past three years, allows volunteers trained in CPR and/or to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to register for an alert if there is a cardiac arrest event reported nearby.

The 911 system connects with the app and sends an alert to the mobile phones of volunteers who are within a quarter mile of the victim’s location. The app will also advise where the nearest public AED is located. Emphasizing that his investigation and consideration of PulsePoint is in the preliminary stages, Lambel said it will cost $10,000 to implement with an annual subscription fee of either $8,000 or $13,000.

The fire department is part of the Northwest Central Dispatch (NWCD) system which dispatches 11 fire departments. If they will embrace the program, the costs would be shared by all 11 communities.

If Mount Prospect were to join the PulsePoint program alone, the village would bear the entire implementation fee and the annual subscription fee, which would be reduced to $8,000,  the price for communities of under 300,000 residents.

Lambel assured the board there would be after-action surveys that go out, “If it doesn’t work or there are problems we either fix the problem or get rid of the app.”

“3,300 communities in 42 states already have PulsePoint,” Lambel said. Rapid City, SD, is a town slightly larger than Mount Prospect and is reporting that 85% of cardiac incidents are getting early CPR with a reported 45% survival rate.

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Of interest … The PulsePoint Respond app

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The PulsePoint Respond app was launched Monday in Champaign County by Presence Regional EMS and METCAD, the local emergency dispatch agency. It works by alerting users trained to administer CPR to the locations of nearby cardiac-arrest victims and where to find the nearest automated external defibrillators.

About 57 percent of U.S. adults have had CPR training, but only about only 11 percent have actually used it in a cardiac-arrest emergency, according to PulsePoint.

Fast treatment for cardiac arrest is so critical, the chance for survival drops 10 percent for every minute that passes without CPR.

Presence officials said it has taken about a year to launch PulsePoint in Champaign County, and they’re preparing to make it available in Vermilion County in upcoming months.

Not every PulsePoint app user in the county is alerted for every cardiac-arrest case. The system generally gets alerts to those within a half-mile radius of the patient, though the vicinity is adjusted depending on how many potential responders are nearby. If there aren’t enough within a half-mile, for example, the alert would go out in a wider area, he said.

PulsePoint is free and available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It currently has more than 1 million users in 2,500 communities across the U.S.

Naperville implemented this in June of 2016

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Naperville Fire Department news

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Naperville is the first municipality in Illinois to begin using a smart phone app that will allow people who have CPR and AED certification to respond to cardiac emergencies in public places, Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said.

The PulsePoint Respond app informs users of emergency situations within a 12-block radius of their current location in the hope that volunteer help might arrive to provide assistance in those dire minutes before firefighters or EMTs can make it to a location.

As a bonus, the app also provides users with the dates, times, locations and natures of all of the department’s emergency calls as they are received in much the same way radio scanners once allowed citizens to monitor police and fire emergency situations.

Naperville paramedics since January have been sent out on 70 CPR-related calls and 120 other situations in which someone was not breathing.

Puknaitis said more than half of U.S. citizens know how to perform CPR or use an AED. Local residents with such knowledge and training can step in and help during the estimated six minutes firefighters and paramedics typically have to spend on the road en route to a 911 call.

The app also shows people where they can find the 100-plus publicly accessible defibrillators in Naperville’s municipal buildings, parks, schools, churches, hotels, and banks. For those unsure of how to use an AED, step-by-step instructions are provided.

While the app does not display addresses of private homes where someone might be having a medical emergency, precise addresses are provided where someone is in need of medical assistance in a public place.

Firefighters already have done dry runs and performed tests to ensure the app’s viability. An estimated 547 people in the Naperville area are already using the app, including city employees and others who discovered its availability on their own.

Puknaitis praised fire department Division Chief Andy Dina, who found the service and worked for about a year with the city’s IT department to have the program implemented and made available to the public.

The app and information about the program can be found by linking to the city’s website at

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