Ordnance Survey data is key to the work of the emergency services and emergency health professionals. From highly detailed street-level mapping to an accurate overview of a region, our digital geographic data provides vital location intelligence for the following:
- Ambulance Services
- Fire Services
- Police Services
- HM Coastguard (part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency)
- Emergency search and rescue organisations.
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Please see the subsequent sections to learn about the work we do with individual services.
When responding to an emergency callout, fire teams need to know the exact location of the incident. Sending attending officers to the wrong site wastes precious time, prolonging a fire and even risking lives.
Find out more about work with the Fire Services
When an emergency call is made to an ambulance command and control centre, time is of the essence as life is at stake. Ambulance crews need to know exactly where they need to go and the quickest route there. They also need to know the quickest and least congested route to the nearest hospital with appropriate facilities.
Find out more about how we work with Ambulance Services.
When responding to an emergency callout, police teams need to know the exact location of the incident. Sending attending officers to the wrong site wastes precious time, prolonging a crime and even risking lives.
Find out more about work with Police Services.
Are you a member?
If you are already a member of a public sector mapping agreement, please log in to the members area below:
Not a member? - If you are a government organisation located in England, Scotland or Wales and have not yet taken advantage of joining a public sector mapping agreement then apply to join here.
Search and Rescue
Search and rescue organisations, both land and maritime based, are also called upon to provide life saving support during an emergency.
Learn more about UK search and rescue here.