Major Incident declared?
Exact Location
Type of incident
Hazards present or suspected
Access - routes that are safe to use
Number, type, severity of casualties
Emergency services present and those required

M/ETHANE is now the recognised common model for passing incident information between services and their control rooms.

All services have used similar models for passing information in the past but JESIP has instigated the use of a common model which will mean information can be shared in a consistent way, quickly and easily, whoever the information is passing between.

Dependant on your role in your organisation, this is a model you may need to become familiar with. The All Staff e-learning package is designed to help staff understand how to formulate a M/ETHANE message including the opportunity to test their knowledge online. (please note completion results cannot be retrieved once the package has been completed and are not collated by JESIP).

JESIP has produced a useful checklist for those working in Control Rooms to help gather information using M/ETHANE. Download the Control Room M/ETHANE checklist.

Other organisations that may be part of a multi-agency response to emergencies may wish to consider ensuring their staff are familiar with the use of M/ETHANE. If you wish to include M/ETHANE in your organisations policies, procedures or training materials download the M/ETHANE graphic here.

As increased numbers of organisations and people use M/ETHANE for passing incident information, the more accurate initial information gathering will be resulting in a faster and more accurate response for the general public.