Do you have ICE on your mobile?

by Vijay 2007-07-24 15:01:28

Do you have ICE on your mobile?

What's ICE?

Have you ever met a person on accident and managed to get the personal info (who is he?what blood group he is having?) about him ?

Have you ever stranded without knowing whom to contact in case of emergency of the accidented person?

If your answers is "Yes" or your future answer may be "yes" , then you have to know about ICE.

The ICE (In Case of Emergency) program was conceived by paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. The idea behind the program is to enable first responders (paramedics, firefighters, police officers) to identify people and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information. People are encouraged to enter in their emergency contact person(s) in their mobile phone book in the following format ICE1-mum, ICE2-dad, ICE3 etc.


In developed countries some 80% or more of people carry a mobile phone, and the police or paramedics often use them to identify victims at road traffic accidents or other incidents. The idea of ICE is that everyone should put an emergency contact name and number into their phone under the headword "ICE". This would give the emergency services personnel a standard place to look.

Following research carried out by Vodafone that showed that fewer than 25% of people carry any details of who they would like telephoned following a serious accident, a campaign encouraging people to do this was started in May 2005 by Bob Brotchie of the East England Ambulance Service in the UK. The idea has taken off since the bomb attacks in London on 7 July 2005.

an inexpensive software application for mobile phones called ICE First that allows users to store emergency medical information on the phone has been downloaded and recommended by thousands of first responders in the US.

The cards issued by the ICE Contact service carry a membership number and freephone number. Emergency personnel ring the number and quote the membership number and are given any medical information the member has stored; call centre staff contact the next of kin leaving the medical staff free to treat.

In the ICE First mobile phone application, emergency medical information about the mobile phone user is stored right on the mobile phone, allowing emergency personnel to have immediate access to a user's medical and contact information.

Even though if you haven't the ICE application , just add the numbers which should be contacted in case of emergency in your mobile phone in the format of ICE , ICE1, ICE2...


I've my ICE on my mobile? Do you have?

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