On March 22, 2018, Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) launched the new mobile application, PulsePoint. PulsePoint is aimed at providing bystander CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) assistance to those in immediate need.
PulsePoint works by notifying application users, including trained citizens, visitors and healthcare professionals, if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency, while local paramedics and firefighters are simultaneously dispatched. The app also directs
citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible AED.
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 424,000 deaths each year, or more than 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after
cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. However, less than half of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR, or CPR administered by a trained person on scene, or the use of an AED.
“With such a short window of opportunity in cardiac arrest cases, early CPR and defibrillation is the key to survival. Brevard County Fire Rescue and our municipal partners are committed to improving the chain of survival,” said Brevard County
Fire Chief Mark Schollmeyer, “and ultimately positive cardiac arrest outcomes, through the use of technology and citizen engagement.”
By bringing the PulsePoint App to Brevard, our county will now join the ranks of the various other municipalities and counties throughout the country currently utilizing PulsePoint, including Los Angeles and San Diego County, the District of Columbia,
the city of Madison, Wisconsin and our neighbors in Orlando.
Brevard County Fire Rescue was able to initiate the PulsePoint project and application launch with the receipt of the State of Florida EMS Trust Award. Through which, Brevard County Fire Rescue was awarded
$23,000 of initial funding, and $13,000 of funding per year guaranteed for the next 5 years. Much of the funding for the EMS Trust Award comes from fines collected by the State of Florida through traffic
PulsePoint and Brevard County Fire Rescue, along with our partner agencies, are providing our community with a unique opportunity to build a partnership between citizens and first responders. Through this collaboration, BCFR is determined to bring immediate CPR and AED assistance to anyone in need.
Learn more about PulsePoint.