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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Norfolk Fire-Rescue Needs Your Help to Reach PulsePoint Goal

NFR is asking the public to help them reach a new goal before PulsePoint’s 18-month mark.

Norfolk Fire-Rescue Needs Your Help to Reach PulsePoint Goal

NORFOLK, VA –Norfolk Fire-Rescue (NFR) launched the PulsePoint app on June 1, 2018 to empower CPR-trained citizens and off-duty professionals to improve patient outcomes and save lives during cardiac emergencies. Since its launch, a total of 4,327 residents have downloaded the app with 2,419 of those being certified and registered to provide CPR, if alerted. Now, NFR is asking the public to help them reach a new goal before PulsePoint’s 18-month mark.

By December 1, 2019, NFR aims to have 5,000 PulsePoint followers with 3,000 of those users registered to provide CPR. The department has steadily worked to train their fellow employees within the city, with 1,200 of Team Norfolk now trained in hands-only CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to further encourage and empower those around the city to act during a cardiac emergency.

NFR provides free training to groups of 10 to 20 people. Request training on the MyNorfolk mobile app, click on MyNorfolk on Norfolk.gov or call 757-664-6510.

The PulsePoint app also includes the registration of AEDs throughout the city. By registering these devices within PulsePoint, emergency responders, including nearby citizens trained in CPR, can easily locate an AED nearby when a cardiac emergency occurs. To date, 331 AEDs in Norfolk are registered in PulsePoint.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths. For every minute that passes before help arrives, cardiac arrest survival decreases by 7 – 10%. Early CPR and rapid defibrillation before an emergency team arrives can boost survival by 50%.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and off-duty personnel, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more at pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

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