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PulsePoint empowers individuals, within covered communities, with the ability to provide life-saving assistance to victims of cardiac arrest. Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the medical emergency is in a public place, the application uses sophisticated location-based services to alert trained citizens in the immediate vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

PulsePoint currently provides coverage for hundreds of cities and communities, with many more on the way.

The PulsePoint app is a virtual window into these 911 communication centers and provides real-time access to emergency activity as it is occurring. Users can view incidents - including the current response status of dispatched units - and instantly pinpoint the location on an interactive map. Curious as to where that fire engine or ambulance that just passed is headed? Is there an accident up ahead causing this traffic tie-up? Just tap the application to quickly find the incident location or plan an alternate route.

Additionally, users can choose to receive incident notifications when they are dispatched and listen in on live emergency radio traffic via this modern version of the traditional fire scanner. A photo gallery of significant events along with other agency images and information can also be easily accessed.

Would you like to see PulsePoint supported in your community? All that is required on the local level is the initiative to get started. Bring PulsePoint to the attention of your local fire department, city council, or emergency response agency and tell them you would like them to see PulsePoint helping to save lives in your community.

Original development of the PulsePoint app was the result of a successful partnership between the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (CA) and the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University in 2009. In 2011 the PulsePoint Foundation was formed “to share its life saving potential.” Today all engineering is provided by skilled volunteers from Workday, Inc.

For more information, visit our web site at www.pulsepoint.org or contact us at info@pulsepoint.org.

NOTE: Configuration of this app includes the capability for continuous GPS monitoring. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's New

Version 3.21

Stability improvements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Love this app!


This app is so helpful to have. If I see fire trucks or ambulance go by, I just check the app and it tells me what the issue is and where. I only gave 4 stars because I think that under all the agencies I follow I should be able to get alerted to everything. Not just structure fires and car accidents etc. but medical emergencies, investigations, all of it. If it's listed in my feed I want an alert. Also, sometimes I get alerted and sometimes I'll go days without an alert (even though I have everything checked to receive alert). I think I have to have the app open to receive the alert and I wish I could be alerted even if app isn't running. Other than those two complaints, I really do like the app and find it an app everyone should have. I also (though I don't use it) love the cpr feature for those that are certified and want to help!

Could use improvements


I love this app as I have been a firefighter Cadet in my area and have previously been a cadet with my county sheriffs office search and rescue team. Wish this app worked better. I know that at one point I use to be able to listen to Portland Oregon fire rescue. The department I use to work along side as a cadet and now can't hear the dispatches. Unsure if it's because of the app no longer providing the dispatch or BOEC there dispatch center. I hate having to go to radioreference to get the dispatch also don't get a lot of the dispatches overheard on my scanner showing up in this app. Also downside would be nice if could implement a way to see Police response as well.

Developer Response

Please check out the latest update. I believe the radio issue you reference is fully resolved. Hope your early fire service career is going well!

Pulse Point


This is an excellent app! For some reason, I was not receiving audible alerts; they stopped for some unknown reason. I tried to troubleshoot, but never figured out what was wrong. The other day, I noticed that I was getting audible alerts, once more, after several months without. I have not heard anything today, which would be uncommon because of the busy area where I live. I will pay attention throughout the rest of the day, and I hope that I have not lost that capacity because the app is not as effective when there is no sound to alert me to what is happening in real time.

Developer Response

If this problem still exists for you please send us a note at info@pulsepoint.org. Thanks!


PulsePoint Foundation
42.4 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, Japanese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2017 PulsePoint Foundation


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