The National Ambulance launched its 998 app for mobile phones as a step to provide additional support to the community in the vital area of emergence service.
Residents in Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain can request for the emergency ambulance at the touch of a button.
The app allows residents in the northern emirates to request an ambulance in emergency situations. The ambulance can be dispatched immediately to their destination through GPS tracking, reported Gulf News.
It also comes with a first aid guide in Arabic and English, providing all users with handy tips in responding to a variety of emergency health-related scenarios such as choking, bleeding, burns, allergic reactions and strokes.
Ahmad Saleh Al Hajeri, deputy CEO of National Ambulance, said the app is providing an additional source of support to the community in times of need.
Al Hajeri added that by using the technology now time taken to respond to emergencies will reduce. This additional capability will allow National Ambulance to deliver a more efficient and effective service to the community.
The app is available for Android, IOS, Windows and BlackBerry and can be downloaded at Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows store
“Just as the 998 number is a valuable and precious resource, we urge users not to abuse the app by falsely requesting an ambulance, which ties up our operators and prevents our team arriving quickly to render assistance,” Gulf News quoted Al Hajeri.