"Every wireless phone should have an ICE number entered," Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a news release. "It helps our deputies and other first responders if a person isn't able to speak for themselves in an emergency situation. Sometimes the only clue a first responder has is a cell phone found on site. An ICE entry saves time and helps us better care for those in need."
"We hope all wireless users will create an ICE entry today," said Pat Quinn, Qwest president for Arizona. "Public safety is key to us as a provider of wireless services, and Qwest will continue working with local emergency responders to heighten awareness of this simple tool."
Nearly 900,000 emergency-room patients were unable to provide hospital personnel with emergency-contact information in 2003.