Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is classed as a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This means it has a statutory duty to:
- assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
- put in place emergency plans
- put in place business continuity arrangements to make sure the Service can continue to provide a service in the event of situations such as severe weather disruption
- warn and inform the public in the event of an emergency
- share information with other local responders
- co-operate with other responders to enhance efficiency
These activities are co-ordinated through our Emergency Management Team, which aims to make sure that detailed county-wide plans are produced and maintained for dealing with major incidents and emergencies jointly with other responders, such as the police, ambulance service, county, city, borough and district councils, Environment Agency and health.
The Service takes part in regular exercises to test its own plans and also works with other agencies to test the multi-agency plans.
Find out more about the Emergency Management Team.