National coordination and advisory framework for the fire service in England

Revised national coordination and advisory framework for the fire service in England, due to organisational changes and lessons from emergencies.


National coordination and advisory framework for England

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The National Coordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF) provides robust, flexible response arrangements to emergencies that can be adapted to the type and size of an event. It supports Fire and Rescue Services dealing with major incidents, whilst providing valuable support at the interface between local and central government.

Published 28 September 2015
Last updated 31 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. 3rd edition published - sets out a revised approach to the handling of national fire emergencies and sets out the role and responsibilities of the National Fire Chiefs Council regarding the response arrangements to major incidents and wide area emergencies at home and abroad.
  2. First published.