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Major Incidents

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A major incident is any emergency that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or all of the emergency responders for:

Stages

Most major incidents can be considered to have four stages; the initial response, the consolidation phase, the recovery phase and the restoration of normality. An investigation into the cause of the incident may be superimposed onto the whole structure.

Declaration

A major incident may be declared by any officer of one of the emergency responders who considers that any of the criteria outlined in the definition above has been satisfied. Despite the fact that what is a major incident to one of the emergency responders may not be so to another, each of the other emergency services will attend with an appropriate predetermined response. This is so even if they are employed in a stand-by capacity and not directly involved in the incident.

The Borough Council works within the multi-agency arrangements developed for dealing with major incidents within Sussex.

Local Authority Assistance in a Major Incident

Following the declaration of a major incident, the Borough Council supports the Emergency Services through the response and consolidation phases.

At some point, it will be decided to hand over the co-ordination of the recovery and return to normality phase to the Borough Council, as they usually have the longest involvement, by the nature of some of the services they provide.

The Borough Council is able to supply a wide range of assistance and resources, which can be supplemented by mutual aid arrangements where necessary. Assistance and resources include:


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