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Message posted by Papa Pip on 09/12/2008 at 10:46pm
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This idea has been around for a while now and is also being used in other countries now as well. At first people thought it to be spam or a virus but having done all the checks i can I can verify that it is safe to use and do and as we all tend to be away caravanning or camping a lot of the year it makes sense to have ICE contacts on our mobile phones. Whats it all about?

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Have you put ICE in your mobile?

 
A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone's memory under the heading "ICE" (i.e. In Case of Emergency), has rapidly spread throughout the world as a particular consequence of the terrorist attacks in London. Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative / next-of-kin in an emergency situation.
   
Bob Brotchie The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May this year. 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. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we'd know immediately who to contact and what number to ring. The person may even know of their medical history."
 
By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help the rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life or death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily help save your life. Why not put ICE in your phone now? Simply select a new contact in your phone book, enter the word 'ICE' and the number of the person you wish to be contacted. For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc."
 

It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do.

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How Does It Work?
Simply use your mobile's phone book to store the name and number of someone who should be contacted if you have an emergency – but add the letters ICE in front of their name.

ICE stands for ‘In Case of Emergency': it's what the emergency services will look for if you're involved in an accident and have your mobile phone with you. This straightforward idea was developed by the East Anglian Ambulance Trust and is supported by Vodafone.

Getting Started
On most mobile phones you simply need to select ‘Contacts' and choose ‘Add New Contact', then enter the letters ‘ICE' next to the name, followed by the telephone number of your next of kin. Make sure you choose a number that's easy to get in touch with – a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time. We recommend that you enter daytime and evening numbers where this is possible.

What Should I Do Next?
Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ‘ICE partner'. You should also make sure your ICE partner has a list of people to contact on your behalf, such as your place of work. In addition, they'll need to know about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment, including allergies or medication.

If you're under 18, your ICE partner should be your mother, your father or an immediate member of your family authorised to make decisions on your behalf. Friends and other relatives won't be able to make decisions for you if you're admitted to hospital.

Storing an ICE number makes it easier for everyone if you're involved in an accident. It only takes a few seconds, so do it today - please.

Please also pass this information on to as many friends, relatives and colleagues as possible....thank you.

Eight out of ten people in the UK carry no next of kin details yet 80% carry a mobile phone, most of whom have it on them all the time. There is no simpler way of letting the emergency services know who to contact should you be involved in an accident than by using ICE.

 

ICE - we call, when you can't

Joining ICE can save your life

   
ICE membership card ICE - contact emergency services
   

ICE™ - the emergency alert network

Everybody should carry an ICE card.

 

In Case of Emergency, we give medics answers - FAST.
We inform your family and friends - FAST.

ICE membership includes:

Picture of Ice stickers

All members receive a card with a unique membership number, plus car sticker, key fob and mobile phone sticker, all bearing the same number.

Benefits include:

          • Medical information service
          • Emergency contact notification
          • Donor and religious preference
          • Secure database
ICE In case of emergency logo
 
For more Information : www.icecontact.com
 

On some of the other countries websites they suggest the format of ICE-name of contact-1 etc with as many Ice contacts as you feel you need, IE mum, dad, wife, husband, son, daughter etc.

Thanks for reading and I hope you never need to have someone ICE your phone!

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Message posted by milly91 on 10/12/2008 at 6:59pm
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its true. i did a first aid course in the summer and was told about it then. i have ice in my mobile.

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Message posted by gaz mc on 18/9/2009 at 3:54am
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SAME HERE

 


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First thing I do if I change phone is make sure ICE is there!

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Now got it in mine too

Message posted by LobeyDosser on 18/9/2009 at 2:37pm
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Good idea but this;-

For more Information : www.icecontact.com

does not work!!!!!



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Smart !

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What a good idea have just put in my mobile now

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This is really useful to know, i've never heard of it before but am setting my mobile now.

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Spot on idea - my whole family have ICE numbers in their phones, mainly because when my sister fell downstairs and seriously injured herself it was paramedic Bob Brotchie who attended and he told us all about it then.

 

He is a superb gentleman too and a top notch paramedic!


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Good job Jayney-Wayney, glad that this is still finding its way into folks mobiles. It was a parmedic who recentlyreminded me of the scheme too, on yet another of my trips in the bone bus! Wouldn't be without my ICE contact in the phone!

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Good idea but most of us Paras look for HOME or MUM first! The scheme isn't pushed enough IMHO.



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My brother was a fire officer then a paramedic and he told me about ICE. He said Paras also look under HOME or MUM but if you live alone or don't have a Mum, what then?

Many people don't carry ID unless they have a medical condition. So easy just to have a card with Next-of-Kin, relationship, name and phone number. Then if anything did happen, and we all hope it won't, the info is there.   

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Quote: Originally posted by carperjake on 21/6/2010

Good idea but most of us Paras look for HOME or MUM first! The scheme isn't pushed enough IMHO.


Have to agree re the lack of the scheme being pushed, such an invaluable piece of information to the emergency services in all walks of life if the worst should happen.

I had not thought of the the HOME or Mum as such but it is just as important.

For the record, I am very proud of all our service personel out there, you do a great job and deserve all of our respect for it.
I also have great respect for our Emergency services. Whom I have had to use the paramedic branch of too many times to count in my life.
Sadly through medical ill health I was never able to get into any of the services but take great pride in the knowledge that many of my family members have both served and still serve. Keep up the great work and remeber I am always thinking of you all.

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Quote: Originally posted by Fotogen on 21/6/2010
My brother was a fire officer then a paramedic and he told me about ICE. He said Paras also look under HOME or MUM but if you live alone or don't have a Mum, what then?

Many people don't carry ID unless they have a medical condition. So easy just to have a card with Next-of-Kin, relationship, name and phone number. Then if anything did happen, and we all hope it won't, the info is there.   
Been in the hands of the paramedics a few times and it was also a paramedic who suggested that I have a list of all my medications, I am on rather a lot and the names often escape me, especially wen I am not doing so well.

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