Government Offices, through the work of the Regional Resilience Teams assist in the running of the Regional Civil Contingencies Committee and support the Regional Nominated Coordinator in the event of an incident which is beyond the normal ability of the local responders to manage.
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The Government Office would respond only where the regional tier can add value. Due to the excellent arrangements, which exist at local levels, it is envisaged this would generally be in the event of a large-scale incident.
This would usually mean that the Government Office would only be involved if the incident required the formation of a multi-agency gold command. Gold commands are strategic level command structures designed to make the key decisions required in the management of an emergency. Such structures are established on the basis of police force areas and involve all agencies with a role in responding to an incident. The Government Office would have a key role as a liaison point between central government and local responders.
Supplementary to our core strategic role, the Regional Resilience Team act on behalf of both the Foods Standards Agency and Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to investigate emergency incidents with the potential to affect the safety of the food chain or agricultural production and supply chains. These incidents can be as diverse in nature as fires, industrial accidents, severe weather/ natural disasters, flooding and disruption to economic activity.