Gold command


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Gold command

The 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.
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"Then the local fire control in Hertfordshire would designate it a major incident, a Gold Command incident.
Gold command will include ministers, top civil servants, vets and the Welsh Assembly and will look after strategic issues.
Merseyside FBU members had agreed that even when onstrike they would attend very serious callouts known as gold command incidents such as plane crashes and emergency terrorist threats.
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The advanced ICU has a roof-mounted transportable satellite receiver that allows real-time voice, data and video information to be shared with gold command - the emergency service's central command unit - and provide staff on the ground with a common operating picture.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is understood to have found chaos at the Gold Command HQ the day he was killed in a botched anti-terror operation.
At one stage, a "gold command" alert was called after a prison officer was reported missing and governors feared she had been taken hostage.
She said a gold command unit - usually used to deal with major incidents such as the recent Porthcawl mid-air plane collision - has been set up to implement the cut backs totalling around pounds 2.5m.