The Framework sets out arrangements which will facilitate the principal emergency services in scaling-up the response required, so as to utilise the full resources of the principal response agencies, and to work together in the management of large-scale incidents be it a major transportation accident, severe weather etc.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, agencies other than the principal response agencies e.g. the Defence Forces or the Voluntary Emergency Services may also be required. In these situations the relevant arrangements outlined in the Major Emergency Plans will be invoked.
The Framework sets out arrangements by which other services such as the Defence Forces, voluntary emergency services, utilities, transport companies, industrial and other participants, and not least the communities affected, can support and work with the principal response agencies in reacting to and managing major emergencies.