Regrettably, no year passes without some form of major incident occurring somewhere in the United Kingdom. To the traditional threats of transport, industrial, and natural disasters has ...
Regrettably, no year passes without some form of major incident occurring somewhere in the United Kingdom. To the traditional threats of transport, industrial, and natural disasters has been added the possibility of a major terrorist atrocity such as the London bombings of 7 July 2005 or the recent marauding gun attacks in Paris. The international situation continues to suggest that the likelihood of further similar attacks is a question of when
, rather than if
. That said, for most professional responders, a transport incident such as the GNER crash at Great Heck, a chemical incident such as Flixborough, or an environmental catastrophe like Boscastle is probably the most likely type of incident that they will be involved in. The key to a successful response lies in preparedness and effective planning built upon up-to-date knowledge and a full awareness of relevant policy and procedures. The recent enquiry into the emergency services response to ‘7/7’ highlighted a number of failings while also complementing the individuals from all services and specialities who offered aid. Although, due to the nature of this incident being especially sensitive, it is clear that the emergency services response to any incident will be subject to intense public scrutiny—both official and via the media. There is a clear need to establish a core knowledge base which extends beyond individual professional boundaries and hence the need for this manual. The Oxford Manual of Major Incident Management
will, for the first time, bring together and integrate the key facts for potential emergency responders to, or who may be involved in the planning and preparation for, a major incident of any type or scale.Less