The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 divides responding organisations into two categories:

Category 1 Responders – the organisations at the core of the response

  • Emergency Services (Wiltshire Police, British Transport Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service)
  • Local Authorities (Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council)
  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • Environment Agency

Category 2 Responders – the 'co-operating bodies' that have a responsibility to cooperate and share information with their Category 1 colleagues. Category 2 Reponders may be heavily involved in incidents.

  • Utilities (gas, electricity, water etc)
  • Telecommunication companies
  • Transport operators
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Airport operators (not applicable to Wiltshire and Swindon)
  • Harbour authorities (not applicable to Wiltshire and Swindon)

Other responders who are not legislated under the CCA but are vital members of the LRF, these include:

  • The Military
  • Met Office
  • Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
  • Voluntary sector
  • Community groups
  • Media outlets

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