Frog: CPR Certified People Finding App Helps Us All Be Heros

The senior interactive designer at frog shows us how the Fire Department app is enabling CPR-certified individuals help save more lives of nearby cardiac arrest patients and inspiring others to help their communities.

It’s not too often that I experience something that makes me want to tell everyone I know.

While at Institute for the Future’s Health Horizons event a few weeks ago, five panelist presented their health-based digital solutions during a section of the event called “Signs of the Future Today.” Among these innovators was Richard Price, Fire Chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. He told a story of how he was sitting in a restaurant with some friends when he heard sirens. Being the Fire Chief, he was instantly curious about where the engines were going. When the sounds got louder, he realized the emergency incident was next door to the restaurant where he was dining. This got him thinking, “I’m close by. I know CPR. I could have helped!” That thought led him to create this app:

Fire Department App – PSA from Fire Department on Vimeo.

Price rattled off the facts about response times having a huge impact on rates of survival – especially for cardiac arrest incidents. The statistics are astounding. Within weeks of the app’s debut, Price noticed a tremendous increase in the number of people signing up for CPR courses. And this is exactly the app’s power – not only does it enable people …

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[Written by Montana CherneyReprinted with kind permission from design mind, a publication of global innovation firm frog.]

design mind is a publication of global innovation firm frog that is updated daily to keep the design and innovation community updated with fresh perspectives on industry trends, emerging technologies, and global consumer culture. Learn more about design mind and frog.

Montana Cherney, the senior interactive designer at frog, is an expert in all things design with a BFA degree from Cooper Union and work experience at firms such as the Arnell Group. Learn more about Montana.

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