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PulsePoint Emergency App & tickets donated to firefighters helps save life at Shania Twain concert

Date: 2015-09-15
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Country-pop singer Shania Twain donated tickets to the local fire service and their families for her Spokane (WA) concert last Saturday, in recognition for their sacrifices throughout the 2015 Fire Season. She did it quietly, and without any fanfare or media. There were literally hundreds of firefighters in attendance from all over the region.

"I think she just wanted to reach out, which we completely appreciate," said Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane City Fire Department, in a report at the KREM.com news site.

During the concert, a medical emergency occurred and the Spokane FD PulsePoint System activated, notifying who was signed up with the system that there was an active cardiac arrest in section 117. Off-duty firefighters, paramedics, and citizens responded immediately to care for the attendee. "The victim survived and is doing very well," reported a posting on Spokane Fire Dept's Facebook page, "thanks to the region's fire service, PulsePoint subscribers, and everyone at the Shania Twain Team!"

"We had an off duty firefighter paramedic from Station One that was actually starting an IV," Schaeffer old KREM. "It would be really impossible to know that anything was going on unless we had the PulsePoint app."

Snapshot of the PulsePoint app at the concert. The yellow markers over the Google Earth photo of the venue represent all the emergency personnel. (Photo: City of Spokane Fire Department Facebook page)

App users, who have indicated they are trained in CPR, can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.  The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens in a public place of the need for CPR.  The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the nearest publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED). Firefighters in the crowd said they likely never would have known the emergency was happening through the loud music and cheering without the app.

Watch video about PulsePoint here 

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via KREM.com, Statter911.com, and Spokane FD Facebook Page, 9/13/15)

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