"CPR Needed" cell phone alertGet the app. Save a life.

There were nearly 400 cardiac arrests in Dane County last year. The PulsePoint app alerts bystanders—like you—who can help victims before emergency responders arrive.

Download the app now!

How It Works

When the Dane County 911 Center dispatches emergency responders to a cardiac emergency, PulsePoint users located within a quarter mile of the incident are simultaneously alerted. These alerts are only sent for cases of cardiac arrest in public locations.
When an alert is sent, you receive a “CPR Needed” notification. If you choose to respond, PulsePoint provides a GPS-guided map to the closest Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).

Response is completely voluntary and anonymous. The app does not know whether or not you chose to respond.
Click here for an overview of how the app works on Android and iOS.

Why me?

Every second counts. By stepping in and providing chest compressions while help is on the way, victims of sudden cardiac arrest have a greater chance of survival.

Do I need be CPR-certified?

 No. Any previous exposure to CPR training—whether a formal CPR class, hands-only class, sidewalk CPR event, or online training video—equips you with enough knowledge to make a difference. What’s more, CPR instructions are provided on the app!

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How do I get started?

Follow these four simple steps!

1. Download the free Apple or Android app.
2. Go into “Settings” and select “Add New Agency”.

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3. Search for and select "Madison Fire".

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4. Be sure you've selected "CPR Notifications". A heart icon appears in the check box.

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You may also choose to receive notifications for other call types in the city, including structure fires and vehicle accidents. You can follow up at 15 other agencies.

Register An AED

Help us locate every available AED in Madison! Enter the business name or address where you know an AED exists, and it will be added to PulsePoint's database. Your help allows citizen responders to gain quick and easy access to this lifesaving tool! 

Find An AED

Browse this map to find the AEDs nearest you!


PulsePoint is made possible by a partnership between Dane County EMS and the Madison Fire Department with funding provided by the Meriter Foundation. Learn more at pulsepoint.org.

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