Rapid City Fire Department promotes Heart Month with PulsePoint app

RAPID CITY, S.D. — February is Heart Month, and the Rapid City Fire Department uses the month to remind the public about the PulsePoint app and how it can be used to save a life.

PulsePoint alerts bystanders who can help nearby victims before professional help can arrive, but you have to have your CPR alert enabled on the app in order for it to work.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of preventable death, and for every minute that passes before help arrives, Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival decreases by 7-10%. Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills almost 1,000 people a day in the United States and nearly 60% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims don’t get CPR until professional help arrives.

The RCFD first adopted PulsePoint in November of 2017, and the number of users continues to climb. For December 2022, RCFD had 2,327 active users on their PulsePoint account, but only 780 of those users had their CPR alerts enabled, about 30% in total.

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