On Friday, February 18, 2011, the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device in Nevada. IERCC personnel contacted local emergency services that responded to the location of the incident. Once on scene, emergency personnel worked to extricate one individual that had become trapped under heavy machinery. After being freed, the injured party was taken, via helicopter, to a nearby hospital.
February 6, 2011 - The GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device. Local emergency services were contacted and informed of the activation. Emergency personnel responded to the coordinates finding an injured individual that had been involved in a snow skiing accident. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital with several broken ribs.
February 5, 2011 at 1442 GMT the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received a 911/SOS alert from a SPOT device. The unit was activated by two individuals that had witnessed an accident while out on snowmobiles. IERCC personnel contacted local emergency services and informed them of the activation. Local emergency services stated that they had just received a report regarding the incident and had emergency personnel in route to the general area. The IERCC provided the latitude and longitude aiding emergency services in pinpointing the exact location of the incident.
June 30, 2009 – The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ successfully notified emergency rescue authorities of an elderly man with chest pains on the remote Alaska Highway of British Columbia. With no phone service, Gary Sleeper used his SPOT Messenger to alert the Emergency Response Center that he was in an emergency situation and needed assistance.
In May, Mr. Sleeper was driving with his parents from Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, up the Alaska Highway. Knowing he would be out of cell phone coverage for long periods of time, he brought his along his SPOT Messenger.
About 100 miles outside Fort Nelson, Canada, his father told him that he was having chest pains and needed medical assistance. The individual used his SPOT Messenger to send out a 911 message. With an urgent need to get his father medical assistance at the nearest hospital, he started driving back to Fort Nelson.