Euro NCAP launches first aid sheet application for emergency services
Euro NCAP has launched Euro Rescue, a new app that helps rescuers understand the construction of a vehicle to help safely remove occupants after a collision.
The app contains manufacturer’s rescue sheets, which provide all the crucial information rescuers need to rescue occupants quickly and safely.
This includes the location of components, such as airbags and pretensioners, high voltage electrical cables and batteries; all of this could present a danger to the trapped occupants and to the rescuers themselves.
Pierre Castaing, President of Euro NCAP, declared: âAs foreseen in our 2020-2025 roadmap published in 2017, Euro NCAP has added tertiary (post-crash) safety in its 2020 note. of joint work between manufacturers, fire and rescue services and Euro NCAP, is the first visible result of the progress that can be made in tertiary safety; more are to come.
The app, available across Europe, including the UK, was developed in collaboration with the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF) and can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS.
It can be used both online and offline, allowing rescuers to access information even when there is little or no network coverage at the scene of the accident.
For all cars assessed from 2020, Euro NCAP will check the content and share rescue sheets and emergency response guides that comply with the ISO standard for new energy vehicles, through the new app.
Matthew Avery, Research Director at Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP Board Member added: âThe Euro Rescue app is an innovation that saves lives. Most importantly, it will save first responders vital seconds in the âgolden hourâ following a traumatic injury, in which there is the greatest likelihood that prompt treatment will prevent death.
âVehicles have become more and more complex, with the advent of different building materials and the continued move towards a purely electric vehicle fleet. This made the task of emergency services present at the scene of an accident, in terms of quickly understanding how to safely remove an accident victim from a vehicle, that much more difficult.
âRecent events have shown the importance of protecting the people who save our lives in emergencies. The Euro Rescue app will bring essential clarity to first responders facing multiple hazards at the scene of an accident, helping them avoid cutting hidden side and curtain airbags or cables connected to high voltage batteries.