PulsePoint one year later

The emergency alert app launched one year ago, Thursday

RAPID CITY, S.D. – PulsePoint hit the Rapid City area one year ago, on Nov. 1, 2017, and according to Lt. Jim Bussell with the Rapid City Fire Department, the app has clearly been demonstrating its importance.

Both PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED are free apps that show where life-saving resources can be found and the people that need them.

The alerts range from car crashes, fires, natural disasters, medical emergencies and other hazards. Equipped with the right knowledge, some of the alerts could save someone’s life.

According to Bussell, Rapid City averages about 18 cardiac arrests a month. Seven of those are in public settings.

“85 percent of those individuals received immediate bystander CPR, which is what we’re after,” said Bussell. “We are at 45 percent survival rate in those settings, so we’re above the national average there.”

The national average survival rate for cardiac arrests is 14 percent. Though, sitting at 45 percent, there is still room for improvement in the statistics.

About 1,700 people subscribe to PulsePoint Respond, and about 1,200 have CPR alerts enabled. A particular population could help jump the numbers, and that’s high school graduates.

In March 2017, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill requiring hands-only CPR training to be mandatory in order for high school students to graduate.

“Now you have graduating classes coming up in the spring who are going to have individuals trained, at a minimum, in hands-only CPR ,” said Bussell. “That is important to have that training out there.”

Getting trained people out there and getting PulsePoint into more hands is still the goal for first responders.

“We’ve had a number of incidents in high profile locations where, when we arrived high-quality CPR was being performed,” said Bussell.

For every minute a person is in cardiac arrest, without high-quality care, their chance of surviving decreases 10 percent.

“We have law enforcement all across the state who are carrying defibrillators. They’re CPR-trained, we’re getting more public access AED’s, and then we have this mobile CPR notification technology in the form of these apps,” said Bussell. “It’s really good for the community, we’ve just got to get it out there.”

To download from the Android store:

To download from the Apple store:

To subscribe for more public information alerts from Rapid City and Pennington County:

  • Text AlertRC to 898211 for Rapid City events
  • Text AlertPC to 898211 for Pennington County events
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