Crowdsourcing 911 calls using mobile devices — it’s arrived. With an update to the “Fire Department” app, first responders or CPR trained citizens in the San Ramon Valley can now sign up to get 911 alerts to those who need help nearby, such as someone having cardiac arrest or requiring other acute care.

How it works:

The app is plugged into the San Ramon Valley 911 dispatch center, when a cardiovascular emergency is issued, it alerts users of the app who have signed up to respond to these events (CPR trained). The alerts are sent to users who are in close proximity based on their native iPhone’s GPS location determined by the app.

The app alerts responders to where the closest AED (defibrillator) devices are located along with a slew of other features for those who do not wish to sign up as responders, but would like some more information of the acute events:

App users are able to view active incidents–including the current response status of dispatched units (enroute, onscene, etc.) and instantly pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Curious as to where that fire engine or ambulance that just passed is headed? Is there an accident up ahead causing this traffic tie-up? Just tap the application to quickly find the incident location or plan an alternate route. A log of recent incidents and a photo gallery of significant events can also be easily accessed. -Portion of iTunes description

Continue on to see a proof of video concept of the app.

Fire Department App – PSA from Fire Department on Vimeo.

iTunes link to Fire Department App

Via TechCrunch