Command and control
When emergency services arrive at an incident, the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) doctrine will apply and those attending will agree which agency assumes the Lead Service role. Risks and priorities will be identified along with the resources and capabilities required to provide an effective response.
In an emergency, local authorities are deemed a ‘category one responder’, which is the same ranking as the emergency services. Therefore in an emergency, Birmingham City Council adopts a similar response structure to other category one responders to ensure that a multi-agency response is coordinated and efficient.