Fire service body backs phone plan

The Fire Services National Benevolent Fund is adding its support to a scheme aimed at encouraging people to store emergency contact details in their mobile phones.

The scheme, known as ICE, is designed to help the emergency services use an individual's phone to find their next of kin in the case of an accident.

ICE stands for 'in case of emergency'. People are being asked to save the name and number of their nominated person under the acronym on their phones.

Gordon Ross, a spokesman for the charity, said: "Last Thursday's atrocities were a reminder of how distressing it can be for families who do not know what has happened to loved ones. The scheme is a simple but effective way to identify a person's next of kin and inform them of any situation."

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