The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has developed a new iPhone app that will alert people trained in CPR of a nearby heart attack.

Those users who download the app and indicate a willingness to administer CPR will be alerted if they are within a 500-foot radius of someone in cardiac arrest.

KQED’s Joshua Johnson spoke to Fire Chief Richard Price yesterday about how the app works and how it was developed.

Joshua Johnson talks to Chief Richard Price about iPhone CPR app[audio:]

Here’s a video report from an East Texas TV station, of all places. And here’s a promotional video from the San Ramon Fire Department:

  • View and download the app in iTunes
  • San Ramon Fire Dept App Alerts CPR-Trained Users of Nearby Cardiac Arrests 26 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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