3. Activation of STAC arrangements
STAC will usually be formed at the request of the lead responding organisation (in most, but not all cases this will be the Police) in discussion with the potential chair of STAC.
The responsibility for activating the initial call-out of a STAC should lie with the lead responding organisation as a standard arrangement.
The Director of Public Health ( DPH), or the duty Consultant in Public Health Medicine ( CPHM) for the relevant NHS Board should be contacted and asked to chair the STAC.
It is recommended that in the very early stages of any emergency (unless it is very clear at the outset what scale and nature of response is required), only the core members of the STAC should be requested to attend a meeting. Following an initial risk assessment the remaining members of the STAC may be asked to attend or be put on standby to offer advice as required by telephone.
In addition to activating the STAC core members, the STAC Support Team should be alerted and the pre-identified dedicated facilities for the STAC and the STAC Support Team should be activated.