Through the PULSEPoint smartphone app, people can receive a notification when someone is having a heart attack within a quarter mile in a public space.
The idea is for anyone who is trained in CPR to be able to respond quickly while emergency personnel are on their way.
Every moment after a heart attack is critical.
The technology is called PulsePoint, and in Merced, the app is known as PULSE--Public/Professionals Unified Life Saving Effort.
It's a collaboration between the Merced Fire Department, Merced Police Department, Riggs Ambulance Service and Mercy Medical Center.
Deputy Fire Chief Don Long says the faster victims can receive chest compressions, the better are their chances of survival.
Anyone can sign up, and no one who signs up is obligated to respond to a CPR notification, Long says.
The free PULSEPoint app can be found in the Apple App store or in Android Apps on Google Play. Search for "pulse point" in the app store.
The Merced Fire Department is offering free hands-only CPR. Contact them at (209) 385-6891. They are located at 99 East 16th Street Merced, CA 95340. Riggs
Ambulance Service in Merced and the American Red Cross also CPR training.
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