Benefits of ‘what3words’

The Bancroft Fire Department is committed to ensuring the safety of our community, especially during the winter season when outdoor activities can sometimes lead to unexpected emergencies. We would like to promote a tool that has proven invaluable in our response: the what3words app.

what3words is a geocoding system that has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique three-word address. This app, when installed on your phone, can be a lifesaver, especially during emergencies. Here’s why:

  1. Precision: Traditional address systems can be vague and imprecise, but with what3words, your exact location can be pinpointed to a specific 3m x 3m square. This precision allows us to find you faster in case of an emergency.
  2. Simplicity: The three-word format is easy to communicate, whether in person, over the phone, or through text. It’s especially useful in stressful situations when every second counts.
  3. Reliability: The app works offline, without the need for a data connection, making it reliable even in remote areas where signal strength may be weak.
  4. Global Coverage: No matter where your winter adventures take you, what3words has you covered. It’s available in 26 languages and is used by emergency services around the world.

By having the what3words app on your phone, you’re equipping yourself with a powerful tool that can help us reach you quickly and efficiently in case of an emergency. It’s a small step that can make a big difference in response times, ultimately saving lives.

Stay safe, and remember: in an emergency, every second counts. The Bancroft Fire Department recommends what3words for peace of mind during your outdoor activities. For more information, or to download the app to your respective device, visit or search your app store.