AFD hopes new app could save lives

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque is hoping a new cellphone app will help save lives.

On Thursday, officials introduced an emergency alert system that notifies citizens when someone nearby needs medical help.

All you have to do is download the app PulsePoint and put in your zip code. Then you can start responding to people in need.

The Albuquerque Fire Department is hoping to turn regular cellphone-toting people into rapid responders.

So how does it work?

The app is linked to the department’s dispatch system, so if emergency crews are called out for a heart attack victim, the cellphone app notifies people in the area that someone needs help in case someone knows CPR until an ambulance arrives.

It also shows people how to do CPR. The app also tells those citizen responders where the nearest defibrillator is located.

“I think we are going to have some interesting stories to tell about PulsePoint in the coming years in Albuquerque. People are going to save lives with this, so get signed up, get trained, purchase an AED if you have the resources. But get there and help your neighbors. We appreciate it,” said Mayor R.J. Berry.

The device only works in public places. So if a person goes into cardiac arrest at their home, only emergency personnel will be dispatched.

The app cost the city $25,000. It will cost $15,000 every year to maintain it. That money came out of the city’s fire department budget.

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