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Emergency planning: roles of responder groups

​How responder groups work together

The States of Jersey Emergencies Council, the Emergency Planning Board and the Emergency Planning Officer each play a role in planning for and responding to any major emergency or disaster in, or affecting, Jersey. They may provide:

  • specialist knowledge
  • equipment, people and resources
  • support, care and welfare

States of Jersey's role

In most emergencies, the States of Jersey Police take the lead role in the initial response to an incident, supported by all the other agencies.

In some cases, such as medical emergencies or a major fire, the lead may fall to another department like Health and Social Services or the Fire and Rescue Service.

Immediately following an emergency incident, the Emergency Planning Officer will co-ordinate all resources to provide support to the emergency services.

The States will take the lead role in helping Jersey's community, environment and economy to recover after an emergency.

Download the States of Jersey Emergency Measures Plan (size 1.09mb)​

The Emergencies Council

By law Jersey must have an Emergencies Council in place. The council is made up of people from across the States of Jersey. See the Jersey Law website for details.

Emergency Powers and Planning (Jersey) Law 1990 on Jersey Law website

The Emergency Planning Board

The Emergency Planning Board (EPB) is a multi-agency body. The board makes sure we are prepared to respond to emergencies of different types and scales.

The EPB is chaired by the Chief Executive to the Council of Ministers and members include the following chief officers and other representatives:

  • States of Jersey Ambulance Service
  • States of Jersey Police
  • Ports of Jersey
  • Health and Social Services
  • Department of Infrastructure
  • Environment Department
  • States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
  • Health and Safety Inspectorate
  • Chief Minister's Department
  • Emergency Planning Officer
  • representative from the Comité des Chefs de Police
  • Officer Commanding Jersey Field Squadron or Joint Regional Liaison Officer (JRLO) 1 Artillery Brigade and South West 

The role of the Emergency Planning Officer

The States of Jersey's Emergency Planning Officer (EPO) works with agencies and organisations to develop emergency plans and test responses in preparation for dealing with a major emergency.

The EPO gives advice and guidance to the Emergency Planning Board and the Emergencies Council. The EPO's main responsibilities are to:

  • prepare, co-ordinate and advise on contingency plans for Island emergencies
  • support the development of States departments' and emergency services' response plans
  • organise and participate in emergency​ training and exercises
  • identify, organise and support personal / professional development training opportunities (courses, seminars, and conferences about emergency planning)
  • develop advice and guidance on emergency planning and increase the community's awareness and understanding of preparing for emergencies
  • model structure and work streams​
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