While there are over 300,000 apps in the App Store, there aren’t any that we know of that can claim to be able to actually save lives. Today TechCrunch highlighted an app put out by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department in California which can literally do just that. Hiding behind a generic name, Fire Department is an app that will alert users who have indicated that they know CPR if there is an emergency nearby where their medical skills could be be put to use.
A rather dramatic video demonstrates how the app works:
Fire Department became available in the App Store last year but it was updated just yesterday with the location aware notification options and other features to share information about current medical emergencies.
Though Fire Department is limited to the San Ramon Valley area only, it’s an excellent example of the potential of smartphone apps to go beyond helping you fine tune a presentation or kill some time while waiting in line to actually preventing another human being from dying before medical professionals arrive on the scene.
Fire Department is a free app and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (a GPS receiver is required for the location awareness features) and requires iOS 4.2 or higher.