999-call locator will save lives in local communities

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999-call locator will save lives in local communities

Older people and those seriously injured to get new lifeline from emergency services

New technology which will allow local emergency services to track the exact location of a 999 or 112 emergency call from smart phones will save lives in our communities. The service which will commence within weeks will be vital to Ambulance, fire and Gardaí operating from local stations and Tallaght Hospital.

It will start by linking into Android phones with Iphone services to follow.

Minister Zappone says she has been assured that local emergency teams in Dublin will be among the first in Europe to use the new cutting edge technology.

“Our emergency services need the best technology available to assist them in their heroic work.
The 999 locator will allow Ambulance, Dublin Fire Brigade, Gardaí and other rescue services to zone in on the exact spot from which a call for help has been made.  This will dramatically improve the existing system which could only trace to a nearby mast – often miles away from the actual emergency”

This will be particular valuable for older people, those in a fire or in a serious accident who may not be able to speak due to injury. It was also assist those in a dangerous situation who cannot make a noise and help locate those lost in the Dublin Mountains.

My colleague Communications Minister Denis Naughten has assured me that he is committed to ensuring that our services can have access to this technology at the earliest possible date.

The crews of our emergency services put their own lives on the line every day to ensure the safety and protection of others. It is important that they are supported in this work, and that includes access to the most up to date communication systems.

In recent weeks we have seen how drones have been used by the Dublin Fire Brigade as they tackle fires on local mountains. The roll out of the new Advanced Mobile Location Service will bring a further new dimension to that work.