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. They provide a confidential and non-intrusive support service to anyone caught up in an incident or event that is outside of 'normal' life.

The team is made up of volunteer professionals from a range of different backgrounds, such as:

  • social care
  • health
  • 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 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 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, or email mirt@york.gov.uk.

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