"CPR Needed" cell phone alertGet the app. Save a life.

There were nearly 400 cardiac arrests in Dane County last year. The PulsePoint app alerts bystanders—like you—who can help victims before emergency responders arrive.

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How It Works

When the Dane County 911 Center dispatches emergency responders to a cardiac emergency, PulsePoint users located within a quarter mile of the incident are simultaneously alerted. These alerts are only sent for cases of cardiac arrest in public locations.
When an alert is sent, you receive a “CPR Needed” notification. If you choose to respond, PulsePoint provides a GPS-guided map to the closest Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).
Response is completely voluntary and anonymous. The app does not know whether or not you chose to respond.

Why me?

Every second counts. By stepping in and providing chest compressions while help is on the way, victims of sudden cardiac arrest have a greater chance of survival.

Do I need be CPR-certified?

 No. Any previous exposure to CPR training—whether a formal CPR class, hands-only class, sidewalk CPR event, or online training video—equips you with enough knowledge to make a difference. What’s more, CPR and AED instructions are provided on the app!

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How do I get started?

  • Download the PulsePoint app from your app store.
  • Allow PulsePoint to access your location.
  • Turn on "CPR Notifications." A heart icon appears in the checkbox.
  • Select "Madison Fire" from the list of first responder agencies


PulsePoint is made possible by a partnership between Dane County EMS and the Madison Fire Department with funding provided by the Meriter Foundation. Learn more at pulsepoint.org.

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