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Major Emergency Management

Longford County Council are committed to providing an effective major emergency management service for the benefit of everyone living in, working in, or visiting Co. Longford. This can be delivered in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, Health Service Executive and all other relevant stakeholders. This is to be achieved through effective major emergency management planning addressed through exercises, risk mitigation, effective response to any major incident and endeavouring to continue local authority services while returning the situation to normality as speedily as possible.

What is a Major Emergency?

A Major Emergency is any event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens death or injury, serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure beyond the normal capabilities of the principal emergency services in the area in which the event occurs, and requires the activation of specific additional procedures and the mobilisation of additional resources to ensure an effective, co-ordinated response.

in 1995 the Major Emergency Plan was activated in response to an explosion and fire involving a bulk gas tanker in Edgeworthstown.

How do we Prepare for Major Emergencies?

Longford County Council have prepared and updated a Major Emergency Plan in accordance with A Framework for Major Emergency Management, published in September 2006. The purpose of this plan is to put in place arrangements that will enable the three principal response agencies (An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and Longford County Council) to coordinate their efforts whenever a major emergency occurs. This is achieved through national and regional groups who develop guidance and deliver inter-agency training and exercises for personnel nominated for key roles in coordinating a major emergency response.

Major Emergency Plan

Longford County Council Major Emergency Plan, June 2020