'What 3 Words' helps Tenbury fire crew find hay bale blaze - The Malvern Observer

'What 3 Words' helps Tenbury fire crew find hay bale blaze

Malvern Editorial 6th Sep, 2020   0

TENBURY Wells firefighters have experienced the advantages of the ‘What Three Words’ system after attending a blaze last night.

It was the first time it had been used by the crew who attended a hay bale fire in a field in Lindridge.

The firefighters unrolled the bale and a hose, drag fork, hay fork and thermal camera to extinguish the fire.

What3Words, available online via a browser or on a mobile phone app, has divided the world into three-metre by three-metre squares with each section having a unique three-word address which anyone can refer to if they need their exact location.

The randomly chosen word system is particularly useful for the emergency services if a person is in a rural location where a postcode or other descriptions will not necessarily accurately pinpoint the place.

People can download the app on their mobile phones with the advantage of that being it will work offline, using GPS.

It can also be used online via the what3words.com website.

Go to the website or visit the Android Google Play store or Apple store to download it for a device.

Earlier in the year West Mercia Police encouraged people to download the app.

Speaking then,

Ch Insp Gareth Morgan said: “Being able to identify a caller’s exact location is incredibly important as sometimes when people call us it can be difficult for them to identify it.

“It means we can quickly establish where people are so we can get to them as quickly as possible which could really help save lives.”

He added it had already helped officers locate people and vehicles involved in crashes so the force was already seeing the benefits.


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