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Control measure

Civil protection duties

Control measure knowledge

The Cabinet Office has produced guidance (see Table 1: Legislation matrix) for applicable sections for governments and devolved administrations. This non-statutory guidance is targeted at all personnel who may become involved in emergencies. It aims to develop a shared understanding of multi-agency response and recovery arrangements across responding agencies.

While civil protection duties are set out in the legislation, the detail of what those duties mean, and how they should be performed, is delivered through the Regulations. The act and regulations are supported by the Emergency Preparedness guidance, which includes guidance to which the organisations covered by the Act must have regard.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that their arrangements comply with the requirement of the Act. The main civil protection duties for fire and rescue authorities as Category 1 responders (or reciprocal arrangements for Northern Ireland) are as follows:

    • Risk assessment
    • Business continuity management (BCM)
    • Emergency planning
    • Maintaining public awareness and arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public
    • Co-operation
    • Information sharing
  • Ensure that the organisation is resilient, or has resilience arrangements in place, to be able to manage the ongoing major incident, as well as maintain business continuity in the rest of the organisation for the duration of the incident or until special arrangements are no longer required

Tactical actions

There are no tactical actions associated with this control measure.