What3Words imageWarwickshire Road Safety Partnership asks public to use What3Words app when calling emergency services 

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership is launching an online campaign to raise awareness of ‘What3Words’ in a bid to get more residents in Warwickshire using the app to provide emergency services with the location of a collision or emergency.

 

What3words has divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three words - what3words address. For example, ///silver.label.smile will take you to a precise 3 metre square for Warwick Castle.

 

If a collision or emergency occurs, callers can give the call handler the three words and this will help dispatch emergency services to the precise location. This is even more important in rural locations where it’s even more difficult to communicate location accurately. The app gives the caller a simple way to describe precisely where help is needed, enabling responders to find and get resources to the scene as quickly as possible.  It is hoped that this simple change, could help save more lives and reduce the seriousness of some injuries due to patients getting treatment more quickly.

 

The system works offline, making it ideal for use in areas with an unreliable data connection. what3words addresses cover the entire world and can be used in over 40 languages.

 

To read more about our strategy and safe systems approach please visit our website. https://warksroadsafety.org/our-strategy/

 

Please help us reach as many people as possible by sharing messages about What3Words from our social media accounts on Twitter @WarksRoadSafety and Facebook @WarwickshireRoadSafety

 

To report an emergency, always call 999. If a collision has occurred which does not require an immediate response, it can be reported online. Please visit: Report a road traffic incident | Warwickshire Police