Did you know that the survival rate of cardiac arrests was only 10% in San Francisco in 2010? That’s why Government 2.0 thought leaders, like Adriel Hampton, united last week at Third Thursday – a monthly meet up for folks interested in technology for a more transparent, collaborative and efficient government, coined as Government 2.0 – to discuss a new Smartphone app called SFFire App.

SFFire App is a new Smartphone app initiative hoping to save lives by improving cardiac arrest survival rates.

Mobile Technology Can Save Lives

The city of San Ramon launched a similar app, and with its help, the city’s cardiac arrest survival rate is 30%. And San Francisco is only 10%? We can do better. I mean, we have to do better in order to save lives and keep our neighbors and friends safe.

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According to the website, the app will:

  • The “Fire Department” iPhone app from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) links CPR volunteers to sudden cardiac arrest victims through 911 dispatch and the phone’s GPS.
  • The new app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
  • Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will be notified if someone in a nearby public place is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.
  • The smartphone application provides actionable, real-time information during sudden cardiac arrest emergency, including mapping the victim and rescuer locations, along with the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) locations.
  • Presently the app’s full features work only in the San Ramon Valley, but developers are working to extend the app to San Francisco and other cities in the coming months, and to add support for the Android platform.

Want to Get Involved?

The SFFireApp team is looking for volunteers to help launch the app in San Francisco. Volunteers will help map, outreach and organize data – to not only bring this vital to San Francisco, but also to ultimately save lives.

On June 11, the team plans to verify the important data that goes into the app. And on June 18, there will be additional outreach at CityCampSF unconference. Learn more about CityCamp here: http://citycampsf.govfresh.com
Please contact Adriel Hampton if you’d like to get involved or learn more at [email protected] or on Twitter @adrielhampton.