Ambulance Paramedics of BC

August 04, 2005 17:05 ET

Ambulance Paramedics of BC: BC Paramedics Urge Cell Phone Customers to Use ICE

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 4, 2005) - The Ambulance Paramedics of BC CUPE Local 873 are urging all cell phone users to add 'In case of Emergency' (ICE) contacts to their cellular directory. By using the ICE acronym and logging in a name and number, paramedics can access the cellular users phone directory to contact the appropriate person if the patient is unable to.

"In an emergency situation when a patient is unable to communicate, the ICE directory will allow paramedics to quickly find out who the emergency contact is and call them," said Stuart Myers, Director of Public Education, Ambulance Paramedics of BC. "This may provide us with crucial information and medical history that could possibly save a life," added Myers.

Paramedics in the United Kingdom who learned that although most people carry cellular phones they don't carry information about whom they would like contacted in the event of an emergency launched a national ICE campaign in April 2005. "The experiences and problems that paramedics are facing in the UK are similar to our own," said Myers. "This is a simple and effective way to ensure that the right person is contacted when you need them most," added Myers.

Since the launch of the UK campaign it has grown and spread internationally with paramedics across Canada promoting and supporting the use of ICE.

More information about the UK campaign can be found at:

Contact Information

  • Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE Local 873
    Stuart Myers
    Director of Public Education
    Cell: (604) 313-7571