Major Emergency Planning

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Framework for Major Emergencies:
Office of Emergency Planning:

Click on this link to read the The Major Emergency Plan 2015

Major Emergencies

A major emergency is any event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens injury or death, serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure beyond the normal capabilities of the principal emergency services. It requires the mobilisation of additional resources to ensure an effective and co-ordinated response.

Planning for Major Emergencies

Dublin City Council has an ongoing major emergency planning programme in place. The programme involves:

  • hazard analysis and risk assessment

  • response planning

  • recovery planning 

  • involvement in inter-agency training, exercises and regional forums


Dublin Fire Brigade provides the primary response to emergencies in the City. The Council supports this response by providing amongst others, the following functions:

  • coordinating the delivery of services from all Council departments

  • making buildings such as leisure and community centres available to people displaced by the emergency

  • providing a volunteer Civil Defence organisation

  • providing advice and assistance with clean up after major flooding or pollution

  • assessing structural damage to buildings

  • co-ordinating and leading multi-agency meetings to plan community recovery.


Major Emergency Plan 2015

As part of this ongoing programme and in accordance with the requirements of ‘A Framework for Major Emergency Management’ (2006), the “Dublin City Council Major Emergency Plan” has been prepared to facilitate the response to, and recovery from major emergencies as well as ensuring the Council’s arrangements are coordinated with those of the other designated Principal Response Agencies, the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána.


Major Emergency Plan (Public Access Version)

The version of the plan accessible to the public does not include Section 15. This section contains material related to operational matters for internal distribution only.

Advice to Householders

Major Emergencies are very rare events. For householders, practical advice on sensible steps which can be taken to cope with an emergency has been issued by the Office of Emergency Planning through the publication and distribution of the handbook "Preparing for Major Emergencies" and the advice on their website

For more information contact:

Dublin Fire Brigade,
Major Emergency Management Office,
Dublin Fire Brigade Headquarters,
165-169 Townsend Street,
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 222 4000

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Fire & Emergency Services Section