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08-07-2005, 13:24:48
This seems like a good idea...


A Cambridge-based paramedic has launched a national campaign with Vodafone to encourage people to store emergency contact details in their mobile phones.

Bob Brotchie, a clinical team leader for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust, hatched the plan last year after struggling to get contact details from shocked or injured patients.

By entering the acronym ICE – for In Case of Emergency – into the mobile’s phone book, users can log the name and number of someone who should be contacted in an emergency.

The idea follows research carried out by Vodafone that shows more than 75 per cent of people carry no details of who they would like telephoned following a serious accident.

Bob, 41, who has been a paramedic for 13 years, said: “I was reflecting on some of the calls I’ve attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person.

“It’s difficult to know who to call. Someone might have “mum” in their phone book but that doesn’t mean they’d want them contacted in an emergency.

08-07-2005, 13:26:53
Yes good plan, but only if it's nationally publicised. It means nothing if people don't do it and/or if emergency services don't know what to look for.

08-07-2005, 13:29:51
Apparently it's a national campaign but it's the first I've heard of it.

08-07-2005, 13:31:05
Me too.

08-07-2005, 14:52:39
There appears to be a mass-forwarded email circulating about this. I've got three in the last hour.

08-07-2005, 14:53:13
As soon as Funko mentions it, everyone else seems to catch on.

08-07-2005, 14:56:01
I got it on e-mail too. :)

08-07-2005, 14:57:43
Actually I think it's just the same e-mail I've been sent three times. Someone in the company must have received it and it's bouncing around various inter-office mailing lists.

08-07-2005, 23:30:46
That is cool, so you can take a pic with the phone of the victim, and send it with the phone to the contact person to ask if they know this person.

10-07-2005, 19:44:39
Nice idea but I doubt it will catch on. It would take lots of people getting off their asses and actually doing something, however minor, so it won't happen.

Provost Harrison
10-07-2005, 20:07:54
Still no email here :(

11-07-2005, 09:28:42
Just got this on e-mail for the second time.

Provost Harrison
11-07-2005, 10:30:57
Still no email here :(

11-07-2005, 15:18:35
Just got mine.

Right, does anyone know the number of a good lawyer that I can put in ;)

11-07-2005, 15:26:03
If there's a major terrorist attack, Vanilla Ice's phone is going to go into meltdown.

12-07-2005, 19:29:36
Would someone that received this email please forward it to Provost Harrison?

12-07-2005, 22:52:06

Provost Harrison
12-07-2005, 23:42:28
Still no email here :(

12-07-2005, 23:44:36
Do you have an e-mail address?

12-07-2005, 23:46:59
Email received twice so far

Provost Harrison
12-07-2005, 23:55:17
Originally posted by Funko
Do you have an e-mail address?

No, of course not.

13-07-2005, 09:07:31
If you set one up... I still won't forward the mail to you, I keep having to delete the damn thing!

(well three times now)