Collier County rolls out new lifesaving app

Reporter: Chris Cifatte

NAPLES, Fla. — A new app aims to help first responders and Good Samaritans tend to medical emergencies.

Collier County has begun using the Pulse Point app, which sends an alert to users when someone nearby is in need of aid. Anyone who has the app receives the notification, including off-duty deputies and firefighters.

“If they are within a quarter-mile of the event, it will alert them and tell them where it is and they can respond,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.

The app also shows where the nearest defibrillator is and explains how to help.

Pulse Point is already being used in over 200 communities nationwide. The response system cost the sheriff’s office $13,000, but people who are certified in CPR and want to help can download the app for free.

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