Coordinating the response

The 'Mass Casualties' plan provides those charged with its execution with the tools they need to react in an appropriate and flexible manner to incidents involving a large number of casualties.

It therefore lays out the emergency procedures needed to remedy the consequences of a situation which leads or may lead to many casualties and mitigate the risk of a major disruption that threatens the vital interests or essential needs of all or part of the country or population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The triggering of the plan thus defines the operational tactics of the rescue services by defining, inter alia, the following missions:

  1. the role of the first response team on the ground and the division of the incident location;
  2. the Advanced Command Post (Poste de commandement avancé, PCA);
  3. the rescue and collection site;
  4. the medical chain, the role of the Director of Medical Emergency Services (Directeur des secours médicaux, DSM), the Advanced Medical Post (Poste médical avancé, PMA) and the evacuation;
  5. the mortuary area : the management, research, recovery and identification of bodies, hygiene and funeral rites;
  6. the hospitalisation of casualties : the putting on alert of hospitals and evacuation of casualties to hospitals abroad;
  7. the role of the Emergency Call Centre 112 (CSU 112) and of the CGO;
  8. the mobilising of supplies: donated blood, pharmaceutical products and medical instruments;
  9. the reception service for those affected (Service d'accueil des impliqués, SAI) which provides moral and psychological support for the victims and all persons affected;
  10. the zoning and security perimeters.

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