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Lebanese Red Cross Equips Volunteers with Globalstar Spot Gen3 Safety Devices

By Caleb Henry | November 30, 2015
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Lebanese Red Cross Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Photo: Lebanese Red Cross

[Via Satellite 11-30-2015] The Lebanese Red Cross, the sole provider of emergency medical services in Lebanon, is deploying 125 handheld Spot Gen3 safety devices from Globalstar subsidiary Globalstar Europe Satellite Services to enhance the safety of its workers.

The humanitarian organization will be using Spot Gen3 to track the location of its volunteers and search and rescue teams as they respond to emergencies. Spot devices can be quickly set up to automatically report the user’s location at regular intervals using a “check-in” button, which sends a prepared message to Lebanese Red Cross headquarters indicating that all is fine. Red Cross managers can also install the Spot app on their smartphones and tablets to read messages and see where each volunteer is located using Google Maps.

“Our volunteers and staff are working in some of the most difficult environments across the country. With Spot Gen3 we will have the reassurance that our hard working team is safe and, if they are in life-threatening situations, they can press a single button and we can quickly respond and work with other emergency services to rescue them,” said Rodney Eid, assistant director for crisis management at Red Cross Lebanon.