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Anfahrpunkt für Rettungsfahrzeuge HP 108 Alter Lorscher Weg 102 1235.jpg
Sign number which can be used to define your current position in case of an emergency Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: emergencies
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

For areas which are hard to access, like woods or waterways, some countries offer a network of emergency access points. In case of an emergency you can call the emergency telephone number of the country and report the ID signposted on one of those access points. According to the ID you have given, the operator knows not only your exact location without the need of a description of yours, but sees further information like nearby helipads, access notes etc.

Some of these signs also offer a special phone number which should be called instead of the country's emergency number.

How to map

This tag is applied to nodes node.

Using the tags highway=emergency_access_point and ref=* with the reference number / ID on the sign.

Additional tags if given / known are emergency_telephone_code=* with the phone number on the sign, operator=* with the operator, and name=* with the name of the sign.


Photo Remarks
National Grid location marker for emergency location on a snowmobile trail. (27294300979).jpg
In the United States, some local governments have deployed standardized location markers using USNG Emergency Location Markers (ELM’s).
Rescue Point CZ.jpg
Rescue point sign in the Czech Republic, with Czech and English text
Emergency cropped 20211021 132610.jpg
Victoria Australia emergency marker see https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/esta-emergency-markers

See also

  • emergency=access_point – Sign with an ID which can be used to define your current position in case of an emergency (newer tag used by some mappers to map this feature). See this OSM Tag History for a comparison of the usage counts of both tags.
  • emergency=assembly_point – A designated (safe) place where people can gather or must report to during an emergency or a fire drill