The Rapid City Fire Department requested approval for purchasing a new app that could potentially save lives reports the Rapid City Journal. PulsePoint is an application for smartphones that would notify citizens trained in CPR about an emergency situation so they could help before the medics arrive. Studies indicate that survival rates improve the quicker CPR is administered. The app is currently used in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. A private donor through the Black Hills Area Community Foundation would cover the $18,000 start-up cost, including some promotion of the service. The $8,000/year fee for following years would be paid by the Ambulance Enterprise Fund. The proposed contract would provide the service for five years and could be set-up in as few as nine weeks, after contracts are signed.
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