What is a major incident?

Previous major incidents in Devon and Cornwall have included severe weather, such as snow, ice and flooding, an unexploded bomb in Plymouth and the swine flu pandemic.


The chances of being involved in a major incident are rare. However, major incidents do occur from time to time. The term ‘major incident’ is used to describe an emergency that requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more of the emergency services, the NHS or local authorities.

How are major incidents dealt with?

The Local Resilience Forum (LRF) plans for major incidents and disasters. Devon & Cornwall Police is a member of the LRF, along with other partner agencies such as the local authorities, the NHS and the environment agency. The LRF also works with other partners such as utility companies, the Highways Agency, the military and voluntary agencies when required. For more information about the Local Resilience Forum please select the link on the right-hand side of the page.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for a major incident?

The LRF website contains lots of information, not just about the work that it carries out, but also what you can do to prepare for an emergency.

For more information contact email LRF.  

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