Proposed features/Red Cross

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Red Cross
Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: Sege
Tagging: amenity=red_cross
Applies to: node/area
Definition: Buildings used by Red Cross and familiar organizations
Drafted on:
Proposed on: 2007-10-22




Would give the oportunity to show Red Cross organizations in the Map. There are many rescue stations all across the country, owned by the Red Cross, and many dispotions of specialized organizations like the Mountain Rescue, Water Rescue....

Applies to

Nodes, maybe also areas


A node or area could be tagged as:

<tag k="amenity" v="red_cross"/>
<tag k="name" v="BRK Bergwacht Bereitschaft XY"/>


<tag k="amenity" v="red_cross"/>
<tag k="red_cross" v="mountain_rescue"/>
<tag k="name" v="Bereitschaft XY"


Either a red cross with the name of the organization / building or a special icon for every organization.


Bergwacht bayern.png VZ358.gif


What about "Red Crescent" in islamic countries? Ok, "International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement" has as domain, but perhaps there should be an alias.

--Lolli78 21:40, 22 October 2007 (BST)

  • What about 'rescue' or something alike. At least in Germany there are similar organisations like Malteser, Johaniter and ASB, actually doing the same job. The 'operator'-tag would serve for further separation. -- Fröstel 22:44, 22 October 2007 (BST)
Would this be confused with the generalised use of red cross for medical facilities? ShakespeareFan00 23:31, 22 October 2007 (BST)
  • I would also like to see a more generic proposal not restricted to the Red Cross, just like Fröstel suggested. What about 'search_and_rescue'? --Wabba 08:48, 23 October 2007 (BST)
Yes, 'search_and_rescue' 'rescue' 'emergency_post'or some such might work better internationally. For example, in the UK, Mountain Rescue tends to be volunteer bodies; in Australia, there is a government agency called SES (Special Emergency Service?) and so on. Would this cause a problem for the proposer's country? It is certainly a useful proposal otherwise. MikeCollinson 19:23, 23 October 2007 (BST)
No, I can't think of a problem, as the Mountain Rescue here is also a organization by volunteers like in the UK. I think the suggestion of 'search_and_rescue' is better as it is far more general as what I imagined with the Red_Cross tag. This would also give us the opportunity to merge it with the firestations, as there is already a tag for them. So I think I will move this to a 'search_and_rescue' tag. sege 15:09, 24 October 2007 (CEST)
Personally I'd prefer rescue, because it's a) shorter and b) a normal ambulance doesn't have to search. SAR is only appropriate for organisations, which are active in remote areas, but it's rescue what the Mountain Rescue and an urban ambulance have in common. -- Fröstel 20:11, 26 October 2007 (BST)
  • I'd vote for going with a more generic aproach of emergency service covering all police, fire and emergency medical stations. Over here the same operator provides fire service and medical service. Sometimes different operators share the same station, too. This would fit with the new operator key. Like emergency=station operator=red_cross or emergency=helipad operator=ADAC etc. Dekarl 19:03, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  • I'd like to second the proposal for the more generic 'emergency service'. If you think about it logically these features are what people might search for in an emergency and this category is going to be the first thing they think of. If we start being too specific then we end up with categories for public and private, mountain, sea, air (you can see where I'm going with this!) Maff2k 14:26 8 February 2008 (GMT)
  • So, then anyone ready to propose that new page with 'emergency service'? I could, but maybe you want to create the page first? Gnetter 19:53, 16 March 2010 (UTC)