Local paramedics are encouraging area residents to help save lives.
November is CPR Awareness month, and BCHS unit chief and community paramedic Mae Webster is asking both those who are trained in CPR, and those who are not, to download the free Pulse Point app.
The Pulse Point app connects free app smartphone users to the BCEHS emergency dispatch system so that when a sudden cardiac arrest is reported at a public location through 9-1-1, dispatchers can send the location to people with mobile devices located within a short walking distance.
"It also tells you how to do CPR and instructs you how to use the AED as well," Webster explained. "That way you are not stranded."
Since launching Pulse Point earlier this year, Webster says the app has already been utilized locally in an emergency.
The Pulse Point app can be downloaded from both the Apple Store for iOS and from Google Play Store for Android OS.