In Case of Emergency – ICE on your cell phone

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One of my fellow firefighters, Ponce Taylor, sent me an idea for an article and I wanted to share it with you. In case of emergency, or ICE, is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information. The program was conceived in the mid-2000s and promoted by British paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone address book under the name “ICE.” Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as “ICE1,” “ICE2,” etc. The popularity of the program has spread across Europe and Australia and has started to grow in North America.