App notifies firefighters of pedestrian hit right outside station

The California firefighters said they were able to respond immediately after the PulsePoint app alerted them to the injured woman

Kaytlyn Leslie
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. — One person was hit and injured by a vehicle in Arroyo Grande on Friday morning — and the incident happened right in front of a Five Cities Fire Authority station.

Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Steve Lieberman told The Tribune a woman was crossing the street where there was no marked crosswalk in Arroyo Grande outside of the Village when she appears to have been hit by a car.

She has been transported to the trauma center at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, he said.

Soon after the incident, the Fire Department — which serves Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano — tweeted that thanks to the new Pulse Point app, which notifies the public of medical and emergency incidents in their vicinity, FCFA crews could respond immediately and begin life-saving measures before dispatch notified them of the crash.

Lieberman said firefighters received an alert from PulsePoint immediately, and “were already with the patient” by the time a traditional alert went off in the station.


©2019 The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)


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