App cuts time searching for defibrillator

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It's been less than a year since Rapid City Fire Department launched the lifesaving app PulsePoint in Rapid City and Pennington County.

Currently around 1,400 people downloaded this app and around 1,000 people enabled CPR alerts.

When someone suffers cardiac arrest the app sends a notification to nearby trained responders and shows the nearest location to an automated external defibrillator (AED). Currently, Rapid City firefighters are spreading awareness of PulsePoint to businesses around the the area and are demonstrating how easy it is to add an AED location to the app, Granite Nissan and Granite Buick-GMC got on board.

"I thought it was really neat just because of all the training we do," said Lori Raczynski, human resources director at Granite Automotive. "We have employees who are certified in CPR and AED."

You can download the app for free and if your business or company has AED units on the property, you simply shoot a picture of the AED through the app and add a simple description of where it's at on the premise. Firefighters will verify the position.

"Take a look at the app and if your defibrillator isn't registered on that app, give us a shout, we'll come out and take a picture of it, upload it into the app," said Lt. Jim Bussell with RCFD. "You can upload it and we can verify it."

According to the American Heart Association, for every minute when someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR or the use of an AED, their chance of survival decrease by 10%

"Any business who has an AED please sign up on the app because it is something you can do for your community and it helps save lives and why not," said Raczynski.

Back in May of 2018 during the Steven's High School graduation ceremony, a man went into cardiac arrest but was given life-saving measures by 6 people who were notified via PulsePoint about the man's condition. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office gave special awards to those that acted quickly to help the man.

The app is free and available for IOS and Android users.