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Lifesaving Partnership Between UCF and Orange County Fire and Rescue

February is National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day was the perfect time for UCF and Orange County Fire and Rescue to team up and publicly launch two new mobile apps aimed at saving lives. PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED will help smartphone users take important steps in helping any of the 350,000 people who annually experience sudden cardiac arrest.

UCF President John C. Hitt, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III and UCF Police Chief Richard Beary joined media from all over Central Florida at the news conference inside the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center. RWC staff members who are also certified American Red Cross CPR/AED Instructors took part in a live demonstration during the event.

PulsePoint Respond alerts people with the app to any nearby cardiac emergencies and links users to the nearest automated external defibrillators (AED). The PulsePoint AED app takes it a step further allowing users to upload a photo and a GPS mapped location of where to find those AED’s. Both apps are free for IOS and Droid smartphone owners.

President Hitt says the concentration of AED’s on campus made this a win-win, “As we embark on this partnership, we do so with the safety and well-being of our entire campus community in mind. Of the 500 defibrillators included in PulsePoint’s location feature, I am proud to note that 200 are on this campus.”

You can find 13 of those 200 AED’s at RWC facilities all around campus. UCF students have more than 30 opportunities to sign up for CPR/AED classes at the RWC for a fee of $19 per class. There are 15-20 CPR/AED instructors at the RWC, they also teach First Aid classes throughout the year.

For more information contact, RWC Risk Management Coordinator Gaby Bell at: 407.823.2408 or at Gabrielle.Bell@ucf.edu.