The MaSC Project is being delivered in collaboration between the following agencies:
The MaSC Project is being co-financed by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which is co-ordinated by the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) Department of the European Commission.
ECHO provide a response at a European level to avoid duplication of relief efforts and ensure that assistance meets the needs of affected regions.
Northamptonshire County Council is the co-ordinating partner of the MaSC Project. The MaSC Project Team sits within the Northamptonshire County Council Emergency Planning Team.
Northamptonshire County Council is the local authority that governs the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in England. Originally formed in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888, the county is divided into 57 electoral divisions. The County Council is a Category 1 Responder under UK Law and have a legal duty to prepare for emergencies and to protect the health and well being of the public and the environment. As a non-metropolitan county council, the authority is responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport policy, fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning. Community Resilience is at the heart of Northamptonshire County Council's philosophy.
The German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is a governmental non-profit organisation belonging to the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, and is possibly "unique" across the world. Established as the German governmental disaster relief organisation in 1950, its tasks are defined by federal law and include technical relief and assistance in a large number of emergencies, within Germany and abroad. Of the 80,000 THW members, 99% work on a voluntary basis in 668 local volunteer branches across Germany. The remaining members are employed at THW's headquarters in Bonn, 8 federal offices, 66 regional offices, 2 schools and 2 logistics centres. Equipped with modern equipment and well-trained relief workers, THW assists at the local, regional, national and international level. Search and rescue, flood protection, electricity supply, technical support of infrastructure, drinking water supply, command and communication, and logistics support are some of THW's operational capacities.
The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management was established in 2009 and operates under the aegis of the Community Division of the Department, Environment and Community in Ireland. The principal mandate of the National Directorate is to create an effective model of integrated leadership, development support and oversight by central government of local authority’s provision of consistently effective, safe and value-for-money fire and emergency services in Ireland. The Directorate is headed by a National Director and is structured around four core business units including an Emergency Management / Civil Protection Unit. Currently, the National Director is chairperson of Ireland’s National Steering Group for Major Emergency Management which oversees the implementation and the development Major Emergency Management in Ireland. Additionally, the National Directorate represents Ireland at EU level on various Civil Protection committees.
The Cabinet Office exists to ensure the effective running of government by supporting the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office; and by enabling the effective development, co-ordination and implementation of policy and operations across all departments. The Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS), which is part of the wider National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, works in conjunction with government departments, the devolved organisations and many different external organisations to enhance the UK’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. CCS provides leadership across government in preparing for emergencies and responding to incidents; development of the National Risk Assessment and associated capabilities; and maintenance and implementation of the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). The Civil CCS is the UK’s national point of contact for international civil protection arrangements and the lead government department for national evacuation and shelter policy.