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Web Exclusive: Heart attack app

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Saving lives may be as easy as using a free app on your smart phone.

Some say the technology will create a *whole new volunteer force.. Of potential heroes.

Armed with an iPhone, Joe Farrell joins a new volunteer force: citizens trained in CPR, available to respond to sudden cardiac arrest emergencies. CPR saved his life.

Farrell says, "I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. I survived thanks to bystander CPR."

In San Ramon, California, fire protection district launched a groundbreaking iPhone app "Fire Department" that will call you when there's a sudden cardiac arrest nearby, and tell you the address and location of the nearest automated external defibrillator, in case you get there before paramedics.

Fire chief Richard Price says every second counts. "If act in first 8 minutes, 80 percent survival rate."

The idea for the app came after the fire chief realized he could have helped with an emergency had he known it was next door.

The chief says 10 percent of citizens in San Ramon Valley are CPR-trained.

For those worried about lawsuits, chief says they're protected under the Good Samaritan Law.

Right now, the "Fire Department" app is only available for the iPhone.

But work is underway to expand it to other platforms.

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