What3Words for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ Image: Beds Fire

App divides the world into 3m x 3m squares

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is using a new app to help pinpoint people in need.

The location technology called What3Words has divided the world into 3m x 3m squares. Each square has been allocated a unique three word address which means anyone can refer to their exact location simply by using three words.

David Lynch, Area Community Safety Officer said:

“As an Emergency Service we always strive to look for ways in which we can improve our response and better protect the public.

“What3Words offers a unique way and another option in which we can more quickly identify the location of an emergency where there might not be an address, road name or other way of someone telling us where they are.

“In these cases, providing something as simple as 3 words means we can get to that location quicker and get someone the help they need.”

What3Words is free-to-use and available as an app and on the What3Words website.