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This is an iPhone, What is Your Emergency?

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eekawill/4939934465/">EEKaWILL</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

If I've learned one thing in taking CPR classes, it's that time is everything in an emergency. The sooner you can start CPR or get help for someone, the better their chances of a happy ending.

The new "Fire Department" iPhone app must agree, because it's designed to get help to people in the fastest possible way Users download the app and confirm that they're certified to give CPR. If you're downtown and there's an emergency near your location, the app will send a message to you and anyone else near the emergency's GPS coordinates, essentially "dispatching" CPR-trained people to do what they do until EMTs get on scene. It even tells you where the nearest AED machine is located!

The app is based in San Ramon, California, but I'm pretty sure it's not the only town that'll set something like this up. [Inhabitat]

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