Major Incident Management (METHANE)

A major incident occurs when the location, number, severity, or type of live casualties involved requires extraordinary resources. Unfortunately, these days we hear of events such as natural disasters, bombing, mass shootings, stabbings and rouge car attacks with increasing frequency.

The declaration of a major incident results in the implementation of a multi-service structured response based on the key principles of: command and control, safety, communications.

The emergency services regularly practice for these types of incidents. The professional healthcare at a major incident involves a hierarchy of triage, treatment, and transportation. Aside from the fast moving nature of major incidents, some of the biggest challenges for the emergency services are communication and triage.


The Emergency services widely use the METHANE acronym to build a report for alerting others about a major incident.

METHANE stands for:

  • Major Incident Declared
  • Exact location
  • Type of incident
  • Hazards
  • Access
  • Number and type of casualties
  • Emergency services present and required

METHANE is now the recognised model for passing incident information between services and their control rooms. All services have used similar models for passing information in the past, but METHANE has instigated the use of a common model that means information is shared in a consistent way, quickly and easily between emergency service providers.

When you call the emergency services after a major incident METANE helps you remember the type of information you need to be thinking about passing on quickly.

Major Incident Courses

Over the past six months the First Aid Training Co-operative has been working hard to develop two new courses to add to our growing list of professional training.  

Introduction to Major Incident Management

Major Incident Management Training

To find out more information or to book a course call our office on 0333 4330731 book online here or send an email to