SCDF launches new app for public to report and respond to cardiac arrest cases

SINGAPORE - Members of the public can now report and respond to cases of cardiac arrest happening on the streets via a free mobile app launched by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Launched on Friday by Second Minister of Home Affairs S Iswaran, the Community First Responder app allows users to report incidents of cardiac arrest, which will show up on a map along with the locations of nearby automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

This would enable members of the public in the vicinity who are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED use to respond quickly upon receiving alerts.

The app was one of various new initiatives unveiled at the SCDF Workplan Seminar 2015. Another project that will be rolled out is the installation of some 400 AEDs at the HDB block void decks in six constituencies, beginning in June. There are plans to have this expanded to all constituencies by the end of 2018.