A Rail Incident Commander (RIC), is the person who takes strategic control of an incident on the railway to represent the interests and discharge the responsibilities of the railway company in respect of managing that incident.
Standards state that:
“Rail Incident Commander (RIC): The nominated person charged with the role of strategic command and control of a major rail incident involving train operations and railway infrastructure.
For major incidents, a Rail Incident Commander (RIC) may also be appointed to take overall strategic responsibility for rail industry incident management and to support the RIO.”
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