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Role of the religious groups in the event of a major incident
- Recognising the spiritual dimension of life and death
- A ministry of care and comfort to relatives and others caught up in the disaster. This may be exercised at a temporary mortuary, casualty and rest centre, relatives’enquiry station or similar premises, established for the purpose close to the incident
- In supporting others as outlined by the Thames Valley Police Major Incident Response Plan
- In exceptional circumstances, by providing a ministry at the scene of an incident to care for the injured and all those affected by the disaster. Although this stage is normally of a fairly limited duration, many involved may suffer from ‘shock’and need support
- Providing a ministry with hospital chaplains at the hospitals designated as receiving hospitals in the event of a Major Incident occurring. The Churches’response at the receiving hospitals is directed by the hospital chaplaincy.
Response to a major incident
The Oxford Diocese is currently represented within the Thames Valley Police (TVP) area by the TVP Chaplain (Gold Chaplain).
The major incident plan is activated in one of two ways:
- the Thames Valley Police will call out the Gold Chaplain (or nominee)
- a member of the appropriate Local Authority Emergency Planning Officer will contact the Gold Chaplain (or nominee).
- Do work in partnership with other professionals present.
- Do follow the chain of command and the direction of those in charge.
- Do watch for the needs of other helpers possibly affected by the incident.
- Do be responsible about taking part in a careful and thorough debriefing.
- Do look after your own needs, recognise your limitations and ask for replacement cover.
- Do not leave before your replacement chaplain has arrived or without informing your fellow team member or Gold Chaplain.
- Do not go outside your capabilities e.g. trying to give First Aid.