The city of Las Vegas is urging residents to get CPR-certified as part of Emergency Preparedness Month.
The city announced free courses for cardiopulmonary resuscitation administered by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.
According to officials, the CPR classes are slated to go hand-in-hand with the release of a mobile phone app that alerts those certified to perform the life-saving task to people experiencing a cardiac event.
The free app provided by PulsePoint Foundation notifies a person within 200 yards of someone in a public place who is in need of CPR, according to the city.
"The idea behind the app is that it can get someone trained in CPR to someone suffering a cardiac event while first responders are on the way," said Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Chief William McDonald. "We know that the quicker you start CPR, the better the chances that a cardiac victim will recover."
The city said the app uses call information as it comes in to dispatchers and then provides a map on the user's phone to the cardiac victim. The app also shows the nearest location of an automatic external defibrillator, the city said.
An announcement detailing the app will be part of the city's emergency preparedness special that is set to air on government access television Channel 2 beginning Wednesday.
Residents can get more information CPR training courses by Fire and Rescue by calling 702-229-0331. Other emergency alert information from the city can also be found on www.lvalert.com.
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