The Local Lifesavers initiative seeks to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival rates in San Francisco.

Local Lifesavers is a collaborative effort by City of San Francisco leaders, including San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the San Francisco Paramedic Association, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, and a growing list of community partners and schools.



The initiative seeks to successfully optimize community response by providing free bystander CPR/AED training, creating and maintaining a city-wide AED database, and implementing innovative mobile technology that links CPR-trained volunteers, AED maps and smartphone users in an effort to save lives in the first few minutes after cardiac arrest.

Local Lifesavers


  • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States and many countries around the world.
  • Nearly 300,000 people die each year in the U.S. from cardiac arrest.
  • Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent and brain injury begins in just a few minutes; emergency services cannot arrive fast enough to save most people – but an army of CPR-trained volunteers with access to AEDs can.
  • Studies show that if defibrillation is provided with the first minute, the odds are 90 percent that the victim’s life can be saved. As many as 30 to 50 percent would survive if CPR and AEDs were used within five minutes of collapse.
  • Bystander CPR and the early use of an AED are two extremely critical links in the cardiac chain of survival.

Sources: SRVFPD, American Heart Association


  • The “Fire Department” iPhone app from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) links CPR volunteers to sudden cardiac arrest victims through 911 dispatch and the phone’s GPS.
  • The new app empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
  • Application users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will be notified if someone in a nearby public place is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.
  • The smartphone application provides actionable, real-time information during sudden cardiac arrest emergency, including mapping the victim and rescuer locations, along with the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) locations.
  • Presently the app’s full features work only in the San Ramon Valley, but developers are working to extend the app to San Francisco and other cities in the coming months, and to add support for the Android platform.