EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Springfield Fire is releasing a new app that can help save lives by letting you know if there's an emergency in your area.
PulsePoint is a free app used around the country. It alerts users when there's a cardiac arrest in a public place nearby.
KEZI 9 News spoke with JoAnna Kamppi, the EMS Chief with Eugene Springfield Fire. She said the app is a gamechanger because it allows people to start CPR before first responders get there, which is essential because it takes crews about four minutes to respond inside the city limits.
"If we have somebody who can be there quicker than that, the better it is for the patient,” Kamppi said. “For every one minute that defibrillation is delayed for a patient, it is potentially a 10 percent decrease in the chance of their survival."
She said the app also notifies people of various hazards such as fires and crashes, so they can avoid the area.
Kamppi wants to thank PeaceHealth, McKenzie Willamette Medical Center and the Fire Defense Board who helped with a grant to get the application into service in the county.
She said there is still some testing they have to do this week to ensure the app is fully functional before they release it to the public.
PulsePoint is set to launch in Lane County and be available to the public on Monday, Nov. 5.