The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRFPD) has won a prestigious IT award as a 2011 Laureate for Innovation from Computerworld magazine's honors program.
The annual program honors information technology innovations that promote positive social, economic and educational change. The district was selected for its iPhone application that can get immediate help for victims of sudden cardiac arrest from volunteers who download the app.
"The application is initially targeting the approximately 300,000 people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the United States," said Richard Price, SRVPD fire chief. "Numerous investigations have shown hat bystander CPR results in a doubling or tripling of patient survival, yet CPR rates across the country have remained unacceptably low.
The application aims to improve the percentage by immediately alerting everyday citizens to the need for CPR nearby while also directing them to public access defibrillators when available.
The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. This is the second honor the district has received for its technology; last week the district's website was named a Webby award honoree.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, San Ramon, and the Tassajara Valley.