To try to increase survival rates for cardiac emergencies, El Paso Fire Department is introducing the PulsePoint app to the Sun City.

“Now that you have the app then now you can save a life,” Interim Medical Deputy Chief for the El Paso Fire Department Gustavo Tavarez details the impact the new phone app can have.

PulsePoint is a free app that shows a virtual map with real emergencies that are happening nearby. It also maps nearby automated external defibrillators — or AED’s.

By letting you know where help is needed, those in the Sun City can make their CPR skills available.

The Fire Department told KTSM that when it comes to a cardiac emergency, the sooner the medical attention, the better, ” Every minute that passes without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 10%,” Tavarez tells KTSM.

For the app to increase survival rates, firefighters are asking people to be more than part of the app.”The more AEDS registered, the more AEDS we have available. When time matters and AED is needed, for early defibrillation those AEDS are readily available within a close proximity where the event happens,” Tavarez tells KTSM.

The fire department will be presenting the app at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 18th at Station 5 in South-Central El Paso. Immediately after the presentation, they’ll give a free hands-only CPR class.