Derbyshire 4x4 response volunteer praised for use of what3words app to direct firefighters to tree blaze

Firefighters were able to extinguish a tree blaze in Derbyshire after they were directed to the exact location through the use of the what3words phone app.

Thursday, 16th June 2022, 3:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th June 2022, 3:29 pm

Derbyshire Response Response Team shared details of the incident via social media on Sunday.

The group, which has a network of volunteer drivers who use their 4x4 vehicles to lend a helping hand, said: “One of our responders came across a tree fire whilst on a walk. He quickly reported this to the fire service and gave the what3words address to guide them directly to the incident location.

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Derbyshire 4x4 response shared this image on social media as they praised the use of the What3Words app

“What3words is a really useful way of giving a location. Particularly in an area like this where there are no distinguishing features and there could potentially be confusion. Thanks to his quick action he potentially prevented a forest fire! Well done!”

The what3words app is used by around 100 UK emergency services.

It works by dividing the world into three-by-three metre squares, giving each one a unique three-word address.

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