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Major resource requirements

Hazard Knowledge

Most emergencies in the UK are dealt with at a local level by emergency services, local authorities and local resilience partners. In some instances, the scale or complexity of an emergency is such that it places significant demands on local fire and rescue services and may require the direct involvement by central government. Such incidents may occur over a protracted period of time and require extensive use of:

  • Resources
  • Logistical support
  • Specialist advice and guidance

Large or complex incidents which may require a higher level of engagement and central government involvement have been defined within three broad types (or levels). Further information can be found in Responding to Emergencies – The UK Central Government Response – Concept of Operations. Other responding agencies have similar national co-ordination roles.