What3Words You Need in an Emergency

Fire crews can quickly pinpoint emergency callers exact location thanks to integration with the What3WordsApp being launched by Cleveland Fire Brigade today.

The free app means that no matter where they are – in a field or the roadside, by a river bank or just outside one of a shopping centre’s many entrances – help can be sent to the precise location. This could be a fire, water rescue, people trapped in a road traffic accident or any other incident.

What3Words has divided the world into 3m x 3m squares and each has been given a unique three word address which lets anyone give their exact location simply by using these three words.

For example the Brigade’s Training and Administration Hub is identified as “grab.wicked.jungle”. The Brigade is encouraging people across Cleveland to download the free App to their phone to ensure, in the event of an emergency, fire crews can locate them.

Alison Farndale, ICT Control Manager, Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The latest technology has been integrated into our control room systems so the simple three word location can be shared with our control room operators allowing us to get out to you more quickly and improving efficiency.

“You can use it to find out the What3Words for your own home or nearby spots just in case you need them in the future for example on your route to work, areas where you regularly walk or play sports. Downloading the app to your phone will save those vital seconds in getting to you in an emergency and could save your life”.

What3Words is particularly useful when you are in rural locations, in unfamiliar areas or at large events such as concerts. It is free-to-use and available from the What3Words website or app store.