SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The city of Springfield unveiled new technology to save your life if you go into sudden cardiac arrest.
Both jointly made the announcement at the fire and police training center.
For every minute you wait for EMS to get to you, your chances of making it decrease by as much as 10%. Fire, police, the health department and medical teams from Mercy and Cox teamed up with the PulsePoint foundation to bring an app to get you help sooner rather than later.
Anyone, anywhere, at anytime can go into cardiac arrest. It's when the heart stops functioning and suddenly stops beating. It's much different than a heart attack. As soon as a 911 call is made for help the PulsePoint app activates.
Alerting anyone who is signed up, and is CPR trained to get to where you are. They can start chest compressions until EMS arrives.
The app also maps out where AED's or difibulators are throughout the city.
Downloading the app is free. Don't know CPR? Not a problem.
Springfield Fire will hold free CPR classes throughout October.