Nearly 80 emergency services now using consumer location app


The manufacturer of caller location app what3words has published a list of 77 UK emergency services now using the solution.

The organisations on the list are derived from the police, fire and ambulance services and include the likes of Avon & Somerset constabulary, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, and East of England Ambulance Service. 

Giving an overview of its functionality, a spokesperson for the manufacturer of what3words said: “The app divides the globe into three metre squares [rather than map coordinates], with each one being given a unique three word ‘address’. For example, ‘kite, chats, dine’ will take you to a precise spot next to the River Ouse in York.”

Emergency services are currently using the technology to help control room operatives identify the location of members of the public who have called requesting assistance. 

West Yorkshire FRS’s Dave Wrigley presented at this week’s BAPCO Satellite Series event in Newcastle discussing the organisation’s use of the technology.

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Philip Mason
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