What is a Major Emergency?
A major emergency is an incident which
- usually occurs with little or no warning,
- causes or threatens death or injury,
- causes serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure
beyond the normal capabilities of the principal emergency services (An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service) in the area in which the event occurs.
Major emergencies require the implementation of special arrangements and the mobilisation of additional resources by the principal response agencies (An Garda Síochána, the HSE and the Local Authorities) to ensure an effective, co-ordinated response.
Download the Major Emergency Plan
Fire Services are the lead department within Wexford County Council for co-ordinating the Major Emergency planning and training under the remit of the associated Director of Services.