Stafford will celebrate the launch of the PulsePoint app on Saturday, May 13, with fire trucks, speakers and free hands-only CPR instruction. The event will take place in the parking lot of the Target at Stafford MarketPlace at noon, with CPR instruction until 2 p.m.

“Statistics show that early hands-on CPR and the quick use of automated external defibrillators by bystanders are critical to helping people with sudden cardiac arrest survive,” said Paul Milde, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are having this event to bring awareness to how one simple app can truly save someone’s life.”

Milde and Stafford Fire Chief Mark Lockhart will speak starting at noon. The Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation will provide the CPR training. Visitors may tour and touch the fire trucks that will be on display.

PulsePoint is a free application geared toward citizens trained in CPR to download to smartphones so they can be notified immediately if someone nearby goes into sudden cardiac arrest. As well as alerting users to those in cardiac arrest, the app also pinpoints the closest location of public automated external defibrillators.

Stafford County is the fourth locality in Virginia to participate in PulsePoint.

—From staff reports

Image taken by Pete Cihelka of the Free Lance Star

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