EMERGENCY APP AIMS TO SAVE MORE LIVES
The Queensland Ambulance Service and Mareeba Advanced Care Paramedic, Tony Virzi is urging residents to download the Emergency+ App on their mobile device to be found quickly in an emergency. By taking a few minutes to download the Emergency+ App now, critical time could be saved in an emergency. Calling Triple Zero (000) can be very confronting when faced with a seriously injured person in need of urgent medical help. More stress can be added to the situation if the caller does not know where they are, which can easily be the case when travelling in an unfamiliar area. By having the Emergency+ App ready on your mobile device and knowing how to use it, our Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) can direct help to you quickly. The Emergency+ App works on iOS, Android and Windows devices and displays coordinates derived from the smartphone’s GPS function. These coordinates must then be read out to the EMD to pinpoint the patient’s exact location. In an emergency seconds count so knowing your exact location is crucial. The Emergency+ App can be obtained free of charge so there are no excuses for smartphone users not to download it today. It is still important that people take note of landmarks in and around their location as every piece of information helps QAS get an ambulance to patients quickly.