"The ambulance service shall have the facility to call on the Ambulance Tactical Advisor who has expertise to provide advice on matters relating to the Major Incident Plan and the required response of the trust if appropriate"
NHS Emergency Planning Guidance 2005
2012 has been another busy year for the Trust's five Tactical Advisors. We have attended nearly 400 calls ranging from adverse weather events to suspicious packages to air crashes.
Tactical Advisors are the Trust's Resilience and Specialist Operations Managers and HART Manager. One of their roles is to advise the Tactical (Silver) Commander and act as a multiagency liaison at large or major incidents. At smaller incidents where a Silver Commander is not needed the Tactical Advisor will act independently.
At Major Incidents where a Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG), or Gold, is established, the Tactical Advisor will advise the Strategic Commander (Gold Commander) and act as a liaison with other agencies.
Some of the specialist areas where Tactical Advisers have additional training and education are:
- Health emergency planning
- Hazardous materials (HazMat)
- Incidents involving radiation
- Incidents on the railways
- Mass casualty incidents
- Counter terrorism
- Working with the Military
- Aircraft incidents
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents
The Tactical Advisors also carry additional equipment in order to carry out their role.
- Additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Communication equipment. (Telephony and radio).
- Portable IT equipment.
- Incident management equipment.
- Mapping equipment. (Extensive mapping covering South Central as well as mapping software).
- Mass casualty triage equipment.
- Ballistic PPE.
For more information regarding the role of the Tactical Advisors, please contact the Resilience and Specialist Operations Team