The Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) is part of North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council’s 24 hour emergency response service, normally 'called out' by the emergency services or local authority emergency planning units.
The team is made up of volunteer professionals from a range of different backgrounds, such as:
- social care
- the voluntary sector
- public sector
Role of the Major Incident Response Team
The Major Incident Response Team:
- offers practical and emotional support
- responds to the individual needs of anyone who finds themselves caught up in traumatic or life-changing incidents
In order to carry out this work effectively and safely, all team members are committed to an on-going training programme, including 'critical incident stress debriefing'.
Services provided by the Major Incident Response Team
The MIRT works closely with the statutory and voluntary agencies, providing the following services:
- managing and coordinating evacuation centres, e.g. rest/reception/survivor or family and friends, the latter in collaboration with Police
- immediate practical support
- emotional support
- telephone support
- support for friends and relatives at reception centres
- support to the Police Casualty Bureau
- duty at a temporary mortuary
- post-incident support to victims and relatives
- support to Incident Response staff
- support for Emergency Services personnel responding to an incident
- support when dealing with media interest
For further information, and if you're interested in volunteering with the MIRT, contact our Emergency Planning Team.