Rescue app expected to save vital seconds at crash sites

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Rescue app provides crucial vehicle information to emergency services

Euro NCAP Rescue phone app provides emergency services with clarity regarding vehicle hazards at accident scenes

Thanks for huge developments in both active and passive safety system as well as increasing levels of electrification, today’s cars have reached unprecedented levels of occupant safety and economy of operation. However, in the aftermath of an accident, vehicles can be very hazardous environments for rescue services.

To reduce the impact of the hazard, car manufacturers make rescue sheets and emergency response guides available for all their products.

The rescue sheet is a standardised summary page containing all the crucial information rescuers need, including the location of airbags and pre-tensioners as well as high-voltage electrical cables and batteries, all of which could present a hazard to trapped occupants and to the rescuers themselves. Manufacturer emergency response guides contain more detailed instructions to educate and assist first responders during training and are particularly important for alternative fuel vehicles.

Car safety assessment body, Euro NCAP, has collaborated with The International Association of Fire & Rescue Services (the CTIF) to centralise these rescue sheets in a new app, “Euro Rescue”. The app can be downloaded freely and is available for Android & iOS. It can be used both online and offline, allowing rescuers to access the information even when there is little or no network coverage at the scene of the crash.

According to Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP board member, the app will save first responders vital seconds in the “Golden Hour” following a traumatic injury, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt treatment will prevent death.

“The Euro Rescue app will give essential clarity to first responders who face several dangers at accident scenes, helping them to avoid cutting into hidden side and curtain airbags or cabling connected to high voltage batteries,” he says.

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