Civil resilience: preparing for incidents at a national level

Civil resilience

Planning for major emergencies

Emergency services are facing an increased variety of demanding situations. Major incidents caused by natural disasters, industrial accidents and the threat of terror attacks are challenges that we need to prepare for at a national level. These incidents could potentially have an impact on our daily lives. For this reason, there is a need for high levels of preparedness by the emergency services, including improved ability to operate effectively together.

The Government instigated the New Dimension programme soon after the September 11th 2001 attacks on the US. It was immediately recognised that multiple large scale attacks on the UK would be difficult to cope with effectively by individual Fire and Rescue Services.

The New Dimension programme is intended to provide a range of equipment, people and procedures to allow a co-ordinated national response to catastrophic events of various types.

By providing these new facilities the UK Fire Services are becoming better prepared to deal with extreme situations and national support arrangements mean we will be better able to cope with the worst types of incident imaginable.

Many of the facilities detailed in these Civil Resilience pages are a direct result of what the government has provided through the New Dimension project.

  • Mass decontamination
  • High volume pumping
  • Detection, identification and monitoring (DIM)
  • Enhanced command support
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
  • Mutual aid
  • Contingency planning
  • Business continuity

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

Find out how the USAR team deals with major incidents.

Water rescue

Information about our Water Rescue Unit.

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