Tri-Valley Heroes: San Ramon Valley Fire recognized for innovation Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:52 am
In early 2010, Fire Chief Richard Price was sitting with a couple of his coworkers in a San Ramon restaurant when someone went into cardiac arrest nearby. While Price gets paged if there's a fire, he had received no notification of this, even though he had a defibrillator in his truck. That got him thinking and in a year San Ramon Valley Fire released an app esigned to create "citizen heroes" to offer CPR, and, if possible, to use an Automated Electronic Defibrillator.
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Posted by Mike, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:12 am
A firefighter in SRVFPD told me that we -the residents of the District- paid for this app through our taxes but now Price and a private entity that he's associated with are personally reaping the benefits. As good as the app is...was over $500,000 of district money spent on something that SRVFPD doesn't own?
Posted by Luke, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Dec 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Note sure where you heard THAT Mike. The app was written entirely by college interns brought in by the department (my buddy was one of them) and they were not compensated. The fire department doesn’t have employees that can write an app like that (no programmers). The FD governing board itself created the foundation to cope with the flood of interest in the app and make it available to other agencies (for free). They even put a District board member on the app board.
The only people “reaping the benefits” are those who suffer heart attacks in cities with the app. If anyone needs to look into it, it is you JA.