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Pulse Point has already save one life, and its developers want it as a standard part of all smartphones in the future. (Source: KPIX/CBS) Pulse Point has already save one life, and its developers want it as a standard part of all smartphones in the future. (Source: KPIX/CBS)

SAN RAMON, CA (KPIX/CBS) - As a firefighter and paramedic, Lucas Hirst uses the latest technology to treat heart attacks, but a new type of technology may help save lives around the world.

Hirst was a volunteer "tech-geek" in 2010 and helped the San Ramon Valley Fire District develop a smartphone app that eventually became known as "Pulse Point." When someone calls 911 about a cardiac arrest, an alert goes out to app holders who know CPR and are within walking distance of the emergency.

"This is the same as shouting in a room, 'Is there a doctor in the house?' Hirst said. "All this does is, it leverages technology. Someday we knew we were going to save someone's life. We weren't sure when exactly it was going to be happening."

It happened last month in Clackamas, OR. Off-duty firefighter Scott Brawner was working out at a health club and got a Pulse Point alert of a heart attack in a nearby parking garage. Last Saturday he got to meet the man whose life he saved with CPR.

"If you have this app, or if you just have the ability to help your neighbor, don't even think about it - just do the right thing," Brawner said. "It makes such a big difference in everybody's life."

Hirst said now that CPR is limited to chest compressions only, anyone can learn it in seconds. The Pulse Point app shows how and even sounds off the rhythm to follow.

The San Ramon Valley Fire District gave away the app they developed to Pulse Point, and they hope one day it will be standard on all new smartphones.

"It would be so neat because the lives that could be saved if everybody had this on their phone - sky's the limit," said San Ramon Valley Fire District public information officer Kim French.

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