Beach numbers ensure that help arrives swiftly at the right place
In the event of a drowning accident or another type of accident along the Danish coast, it is important to alert emergency services as safely and as quickly as possible. A swift rescue operation depends on the ability of the operators at the alarm control centre and the rescuers to precisely pinpoint the place of the accident.
The Danish coasts do not have any real address. Therefore, it may be difficult for someone who does not know the local area to explain where an accident has occurred.
Emergency services now know the exact location of the beach numbers in their area. A GPS coordinate is defined for each beach number to ensure that the rescuers will arrive quickly at the scene, whether or not they arrive by road, sea or air. The signs are green with a number in black on a white background. In addi-tion to the beach number, the signs show the letters SOS, a tele-phone symbol and the emergency telephone number 112 under-neath. The signs are placed on the beach itself and at beach ac-cess roads.
The beach numbers have been allocated by the police in coopera-tion with the municipalities. The beach numbers consist of a letter and a three-digit number. The letter indicates the police district of the beach and the consecutive number indicates a certain place on the beach.