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Multi-agency gold incident command training for civil emergencies

John P. Wilson (Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
Sarah Gosiewska (Formerly National Policing Improvement Agency, Bramshill, UK)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, it will trace, for the first time, the historical events which have progressively influenced emergency training. Second, it will evaluate the design considerations and delivery of strategic training to participants attending a multi-agency gold incident command programme. Finally, it will make recommendations about the suitability of training approaches for different aspects of emergency training.

Design/methodology/approach

This research used a mixed methods study design involving a longitudinal literature review of disasters which influenced training; and a case study of multi-agency training.

Findings

Guidance for major incidents developed in a relatively ad hoc manner until consolidated by the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). In addition, health and safety considerations prevent on-the-job training during major incidents. Furthermore, different forms of training would appear to be more suited to training for the different stages of a major incident.

Research limitations/implications

The European Union delegates responsibility for emergency planning to individual nations. Although the findings relate to this UK case study the lessons learned would appear to be generic and may be applicable in other countries.

Practical implications

Emergency training is a statutory requirement and therefore needs to be systematically organised. Different types of training are suited to different stages of a major incident.

Social implications

Emergency training is a statutory requirement and therefore needs to be systematically organised. Different types of training are suited to different stages of a major incident.

Originality/value

This is the first paper charting the historical development of emergency training. There is a limited base of literature for emergency training.

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Citation

P. Wilson, J. and Gosiewska, S. (2014), "Multi-agency gold incident command training for civil emergencies", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 632-648. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-11-2013-0212

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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