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  01 Sep 2018


PARAMEDICS URGE TERRITORIANS TO DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY + APP

A 43-year-old jockey was taken to hospital in spinal precautions after falling off a race horse this afternoon.

The man suffered suspected head injuries in the horse riding accident at the Darwin Turf Club at around 3.30pm.

In the care of St John Ambulance paramedics he was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital where he arrived in a stable condition.

Only a few hours earlier a 21-year-old female came off a horse in bushland at Lloyd Creek.

With the help of the Emergency + App on her phone the woman was able to give her exact GPS coordinates to authorities.

St John Ambulance CEO Judith Barker said the Emergency + App was a crucial tool that uses GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a Triple Zero caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services.

“Being able to give the exact address of an emergency to our St John Ambulance dispatchers when calling Triple 000 can make the difference between life and death when every minute counts,” Ms Barker said. 

“We recommend everyone installs the app on their phones, especially when travelling on unfamiliar roads or in remote and foreign locations.”

The Emergency + App can be downloaded for free on the App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone Store.

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