Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Gold commandThe title of a function—the others are Silver and Bronze—adopted by each of the emergency services (police, fire, ambulance, emergency medical) in the event of a major incident (mass disaster) in the UK, which is role, rather than rank related.
Gold is used the same way as “strategic” in other emergency plans. Gold is the commander in overall charge of each service, the one who formulates the strategy for handling the incident. Each Gold has overall command of the resources of his or her own organisation, and delegates tactical control to his or her respective Silver (but may not physically participate). Gold’s job on arriving at the scene is to determine the strategy and record a strategy statement, which is monitored and subject to ongoing review.