“What3Words” could save your life. You are in an isolated location. You’ve had a health episode, a vehicle accident, or a bad fall and need first-aid immediately.
You contact Triple 000 (Australia). Could you now tell the operator whereabouts you are – within a couple of metres – using just 3 words?
Fortuitously, Cornelia Gratzer was not alone when hiking on a remote part of Flinders Island, Tasmania.
She slipped and broke an ankle atop a windy cliff-face. Two companions walked for 30 minutes searching for phone coverage to call Triple 000 for help. They got through eventually but could not describe the precise location where their friend fell.
Read the graphic story of the rescue, written by the “Sydney Morning Herald” senior reporter, Julie Power here
///murky.founding.spoonfuls were the three words Cornelia’s friends gave rescuers.
We’ll bet you’re thinking: “Oh come on – how could that possibly work?” Well, you see, Ambulance Tasmania is the first rescue service in Australia to use this incredible app called “What3Words”. Every emergency service in Australia now uses it. (See blog editor’s comment below)
Default and zoom pics from the ‘What3Words’ app. This shows the rugged terrain where the hiker fell. ///murky.founding.spoonfuls
Overseas, millions are using ‘What3Words’ in 47 languages or dialects. So, to better understand how ‘What3Words’ works, please spend some time reviewing these instructions. If you prefer to read from a hard copy, there is a download button beside each page. Or you can print the 13 pages together after using the ‘One Download’ button at the end. The first page looks like this:
‘What3Words’ instructions. Our advice is to download it and print it.
“Now you need only three words to find or share an exact location anywhere in the world. Such as finding an apartment entrance, station exit, picnic spot, or parking space. ‘What3Words’ is a really simple way to talk about locations.
We have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3-word address that will never change. For example, /// filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to ‘What3Words’ London headquarters. Three-word addresses are easier to say, remember, and share, and are as accurate as GPS coordinates.
Nor do you need the internet. For instance, 51.520847, -0.19552100 is the same as /// filled.count.soap. Which would you rather be saying or typing?”
“My name is Frank Turner and I am a Commander in the NSW State Emergency Service in Australia. I have served for more than 50 years.
In that time, whether due to a disaster striking, an accident, or just plain bad luck, the most frustrating thing for First Responders like me is to be unable to find victims.
This can be due to them not really knowing where they are, panic, or poor directions given to our call centre operators.
Often we lose valuable hours trying to locate someone desperately in need of First Responder aid. Sadly, the outcome is not always a good one.
The introduction of the ‘Emergency+’ app, and, more recently, the use of the “What 3 words” system, worldwide, has made our task so much easier.
Now WE CAN FIND YOU and get you the help you need.
So, as an Emergency Commander, I plead with you to download the ‘Emergency+’ app and LEARN HOW TO USE IT!“.
Inspector Frank Turner, Commander, Liverpool Plains Shire SES.
I am a huge convert to the power of “What3Words”. No wonder millions of people overseas have had their lives improved. For instance, it takes so much less time to locate injured persons or find lost children. And there are so many other uses.
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