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04 Feb 2020

An Eircode can help find a caller’s location in an emergency situation

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Throughout Ireland there are approximately 800,000 non-unique addresses, these are addresses that have no house name or number. Typically these addresses are in rural locations and in the past getting to them has been a challenge with the caller often having to provide detailed and lengthy directions to get to a location.

Since August 2016 the National Ambulance Service (NAS) has been using Eircodes to help make it quicker and easier to locate an address in an emergency. Providing an Eircode in addition to an address can help the Emergency Call Taker and Emergency Medical Dispatcher swiftly and accurately identify a caller’s location.

To highlight the benefits of knowing your Eircode in an emergency situation, a Public Service Announcement is currently airing on RTÉ television and radio. The campaign will act as a timely reminder that knowing your Eircode can be very helpful in an emergency situation.

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