Know CPR? Use Your Skills to Help Your Community

Sudden cardiac arrest is fast acting and first responders can’t always arrive at the scene instantaneously. Those minutes between the 911 call and the ambulance arriving can mean all the difference in a victim’s survival. 

This is where the PulsePoint app comes in. According to, “Fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they’ve had CPR training, and most would be willing to use CPR or an AED to help save a stranger’s life. Yet only 11% say they’ve used CPR in an actual emergency…” 

Image courtesy of PulsePointActivation Twitter

Once integrated into a city or town’s local emergency communications center, the PulsePoint app helps alert those with CPR training to where a nearby cardiac arrest event is happening. The app also includes a registry where users can submit automated external defibrillator (AED) locations, photos of the surrounding buildings, businesses, etc. and the data is vetted by local agencies for verification. 

On a local note, the Marysville Fire District has integrated the PulsePoint system into their emergency response repertoire. According to the PulsePointActivation Twitter page, on March 29th at 3:21 PM an alert via the app went out in Marysville, WA and was received by 3 citizen responders.

Do you know CPR? Download the app here and help protect your community from preventable deaths. Learn more about the PulsePoint app at

Image courtesy of Marysville Fire District Twitter @Marysville_Fire

Elise Detloff is a Washington State University graduate with a degree in Strategic Communication and a minor in Digital Technology and Culture. An Everett-born old soul, she loves to write, draw, bake sweets and play music.
While her degree focused on public relations and advertising, Elise's first passion was for journalism and she's excited to be helping write for the Everett Post.
She also has played clarinet for 12 years and was a member of the WSU Cougar Marching Band while at college.