Columbus Fire Dept. Working on Life-Saving App
Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 10:37 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- Central Ohio emergency responders are hoping to use neighbors -- and smart phones -- to help save the lives of people who suffer heart attacks.
The Columbus Division of Fire is working on a new app to help ensure faster assistance for central Ohioans suffering from heart attacks by alerting nearby people who are trained in life-saving techniques.
The app, called Pulse Point, uses GPS in phones to provide the location of people in need of medical assistance. The app will then send a text message to anyone who is trained in CPR, and has signed up for the program.
The app is already in use by departments outside of Ohio; Columbus firefighters are testing it now.
Pulse Point is free to download for both Android and Apple users. Columbus firefighters hope to have it up and running by April.
Reporter: Ben Garbarek
Web Producer: Ken Hines