New rural emergency incident initiative

A potentially life-saving initiative to help rural workers pinpoint their exact location in an emergency is being launched by NFU Scotland and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), working alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The NFUS and SCAA are encouraging farmers, landowners and other rural workers to adopt an easy-to-use grid reference system which will help define their location when summoning help.

By carrying a pocket-sized card detailing the grid reference of key landmarks on their land, which are clearly visible to emergency responders, anyone involved in an accident can pass on an accurate location to emergency services.

The reference point cards can be copied and kept in multiple locations, on farm vehicles, in workers’ pockets or pasted to the back of mobile phones.