THE Yorkshire Air Ambulance is urging people across Craven to download a tracking app onto their mobile devices to help save lives.

'What3words’ is being used by a growing number of emergency services and rescue teams across the world and it is now being used by the air ambulance to help save lives across the region, including the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It began using the app two months ago and it has already been used successfully in incidents such as road traffic accidents and walkers in remote areas.

Matt Syrat, clinical operations manager said: “There’s a lot of rural areas and less identifiable roads in Yorkshire and if a person cannot distinguish where they are, it can delay the time it takes for emergency services to reach the incident. This new system enables us to pinpoint a nearly exact location of the casualty using the three words given to us by the call taker and we can dispatch immediately. The what3words app will be invaluable to saving lives, especially in remote areas of Yorkshire.”

Developers behind the app have divided the world into 57 trillion squares and given each square a unique three word address that can be found using Global Positioning System (GPS). When a caller is unable to identify where they are, they can simply pass the three words generated by the app to emergency services and they will be able to track their location within a 3 metre square radius.

The what3words app is compatible with other apps such as Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze and can also connect to Satnavs. It can also be speech-activated and because the app is GPS and algorithm-based, it can be used with no internet connection.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) serves five million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,500 missions every year. The charity operates two, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.