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Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:28

Newport News Fire Department Utilizes App to Alert Citizen Responders of Cardiac Arrests

(TNS) - Jordan Bond is proof that good ideas can come from unexpected places. For Bond, the place was Norway and the idea was a life-saving mobile phone application.

“I noticed a medical study in Norway that studied whether people survived better if citizens did CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) versus if they didn’t, using an app,” said Bond, a senior firefighter/medic with the Newport News Fire Department the past eight years. “I think somehow that developed into PulsePoint a few years later.

“As soon as I saw PulsePoint, I was like, that needs to come here.”

Bond pitched the app to a committee of department firefighters, then to Fire Chief R.B. Alley III and R.E. Lee, the assistant fire chief of medical services. All approved and the NNFD announced the launch of PulsePoint in a news conference Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3.