Journal Article

Operation Outlook: The Gloucestershire Water Emergency 2007

Timothy Brain

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 2, issue 4, pages 463-469
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pan054
Operation Outlook: The Gloucestershire Water Emergency 2007

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Dr Timothy Brain is Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police and is currently chair of ACPO's Finance and Resources Business Area. In this article he gives a personal appraisal of the Gloucestershire Water Emergency of 2007—an event that constituted the single largest peacetime emergency the United Kingdom has seen. Three people lost their lives in events associated with the emergency and approximately 350,000 people were without running fresh water for up to 12 days. The loss of electricity supply to approximately three million people was only avoided by extraordinary efforts on the part of teams led by the joint ‘Gold’ Command, which was under the overall leadership of Dr Brain. Drawing on this experience, he offers his thoughts for the future of major emergency management.

Journal Article.  3985 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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