Major incidents are commonly defined as events that require an extraordinary allocation of resources, either due to their location, severity, type, and/or number of victimsi.
The management of these incidents, varied by nature as they are, usually involves responders coming together from multiple rescue services. Agencies might even have to come from different jurisdictions or geographies.
Inter-service cooperation, in this context, is necessary but rarely simple. That’s because responding agencies will bring their own competencies, experiences, systems, and terminology.
Melding everything together, particularly during a severe incident, is difficult, one of the starker challenges to optimal resource allocation and effective incident management.
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