We wanted to say a massive “Thank you” to all the GoodSAM community who have made such a difference this year – especially to the new responders across the UK, Australia and New Zealand!

As a responder you may have already been alerted, or may not have been yet, but byhaving the App installed and running, when it matters, you really can make a difference. You may have seen the BBC story recently which demonstrates how effective it can be. Many survivors do not want publicity, and we completely respect that. But all responders in our eyes are silent heroes. Thank you, whether you have been alerted or not.

2017 has been an incredible year for us – again thanks to you. We are now integrated with some of the largest ambulance services in the world, and have incredible partner organisations. These include: Ambulance Victoria, both New Zealand Ambulance Services (St John and Wellington Free), East Midlands Ambulance Service, North West Ambulance Service and many more coming online in the next few months. In London the system continues to be very active.

The system is also working with other ambulance services in the US and Europe, and in places including Brazil, India and parts of Africa where there is no ambulance service.

St John Ambulance in the UK has partnered. If you’re a member or were trained by them, you can now select them as your verifying organisation (if already on the platform, log into your profile to select them) – this means they can inform you of important St John information through the App, and it can be used at events.

Give the GoodSAM Gift this Christmas!:

If your visiting loved ones this Christmas, please download the alerter App on their iOs, android or windows phone and show them how it works (especially if they live in an area where GoodSAM is not yet integrated).

We must also thank those who have uploaded AEDs, making GoodSAM by far the largest AED Registry, not only in the UK, but worldwide. We have over 30,000 AEDs logged, and because we syncronise them with the ambulance services we work with, the system is always up-to-date. We must especially thank Gareth Jenkin who shared his New Zealand AED data.

And we have a whole host of new features to look out for in 2018, most notably Instant-On-Scene, which is up and running and set to revolutionise pre-hospital care.

The platform enables emergency services to open the cameras on any mobile phone simply by sending a text!

So finally – thank you so much for registering. Please keep logged in and do tell your colleagues and encourage them to register.

Wishing you a very peaceful Christmas and safe New year.

Mark and Ali and the GoodSAM team.