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About Wiltshire and Swindon LRF
The primary aim of this website is to provide information and advice to the public of Wiltshire and Swindon. It demonstrates the strong and healthy commitment of partner agencies in promoting ‘resilience’. We all share a passion and determination to respond effectively together to major incidents and emergencies that arise in this area, and to minimise the impact and disruption on people, their property and the environment.
This website provides the opportunity for the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon to be kept informed of the activities of the LRF, and how they can prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. It is intended to complement the websites of local agencies which are always a source of good advice and information particularly during an emergency situation.
This LRF was established in 2005 following the introduction of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and replaced the Major Incident Coordinating Group. It is not a legal entity in its own right but a partnership that brings together a wide array of stakeholders including the Emergency Services, Local Authorities, Health, the Environment Agency, Highways England, the Military, Utilities and Transport Operators, the Voluntary Sector and many more.
The Chair of the LRF is Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable of Wiltshire and the Vice Chair is James Mahoney, who is an Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Secretariat function is performed by Paul Williams, LRF Manager, who is a former senior police officer with Wiltshire Police. The Deputy LRF Manager is Alisa Wickens, who also has a policing background being a former member of civilian support staff at Wiltshire Police.
The partnership works on a daily basis to coordinate the activities of its members to ensure a joined-up approach to planning for major incidents and emergencies. The partnership’s networks and sub-groups ensure a cohesive approach to risk management. More information on risk can be found elsewhere on this website.
Whilst the reality is that major incidents are fortunately very rare, the activities of the LRF ensure that our communities are well prepared to respond to and recover from emergencies.
We are committed to promoting community resilience whereby communities and individuals are able to help themselves and each other in the event of an emergency, crisis or major incident. Our whole philosphy is enabling people to be better prepared in an emergency. This will greatly assist the statutory agencies in their response to you.
It is important that you, your family, businesses and local communities are as prepared as they can be.
You can significantly reduce the risks for you, your family, your property and your business by being informed and ready to respond to events.
Aims and objectives
The mission of Wiltshire & Swindon LRF is to make sure that the seven statutory duties outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA) are achieved within a multi-agency environment. These are:
- Information sharing
- Risk assessment
- Business continuity management
- Emergency planning
- Warning, informing and advising the public
- Providing businesses continuity advice (local authority duty only)
The above principles run as a ‘golden thread’ in everything we do. However, in Wiltshire and Swindon we want to be more specific as to what this means to our LRF and put the seven statutory duties into a local context. Below outlines our local strategic aim as a collective:
‘To plan an effective and efficient coordinated multi-agency response within Wiltshire and Swindon to an emergency or major incident’
In order to deliver the above aim, we have set ourselves a number of strategic intentions which enable us to meet the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
- To develop a robust structure, enabling the Wiltshire & Swindon LRF to be responsive and able to fulfil its responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004
- To undertake a continual risk assessment process and maintain a Community Risk Register
- To support the development of plans and capabilities, based on risk, necessary to respond to and recover from emergencies and major incidents. Organisations to provide support and resources where gaps are identified.
- To support individual organisations in providing public information and advice on civil contingency issues in order to encourage the development of community resilience. This will include promoting and raising awareness of the LRF.
- To engage in an ongoing programme of multi-agency training and exercising to ensure that plans and capabilities are fit for purpose
- To facilitate and promote cooperation, information sharing and good practice at a local, sub-national and national level
- To maintain a close relationship with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Resilience Emergencies Division (RED) team in order to consider the implications of new legislation, policy initiatives and decisions at a national level
- To develop and maintain relationships with the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Health Resilience Partnership (LHRP) to enhance local resilience
The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 divides responding organisations into two categories:
Category 1 Responders – the organisations at the core of the response
- Emergency Services (Wiltshire Police, British Transport Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service)
- Local Authorities (Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council)
- NHS England
- Public Health England
- Environment Agency
Category 2 Responders – the ‘co-operating bodies’ that have a responsibility to cooperate and share information with their Category 1 colleagues. Category 2 Reponders may be heavily involved in incidents.
- Utilities (gas, electricity, water etc)
- Telecommunication companies
- Transport operators
- Health and Safety Executive
- NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
- Airport operators (not applicable to Wiltshire and Swindon)
- Harbour authorities (not applicable to Wiltshire and Swindon)
Other responders who are not legislated under the CCA but are vital members of the LRF, these include:
- The Military
- Met Office
- Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)
- Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
- Voluntary sector
- Community groups
- Media outlets
The work of the LRF is governed by key pieces of legislation:
- Civil Contingencies Act 2004
- Control of Major Accidents Hazard Regulations 1999 (COMAH) (as amended 2005 & 2008)
- Pipeline Safety Regulations 1996 (PSR)
- Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulations 2001 (REPIR)
- Nuclear Installations Act 1965
- Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975
- Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The LRF consists of:
- Executive Group
- Business Management Group (BMG)
- Task and Finish Groups
- Local Resilience Forum Manager
The Executive Group is chaired by the Chief Constable of Wiltshire. Membership of the group comprises of executives from individual agencies. Nominated deputies are suitably empowered and of sufficient seniority to act on behalf of their own executives. Each attendee remains accountable to their own organisation.
The Business Management Group is chaired by the LRF Manager and is accountable to the LRF Executive Group. It is the group which oversees delivery of the LRF work plan. Each attendee remains accountable to their own organisation.
Membership of the Business Management Group is comprised of suitably empowered managers / officers. Nominated deputies are suitably empowered and of sufficient seniority to act on the organisations behalf.
The main business of the LRF is delivered through its sub-groups which form part of the monthly ‘Working on Weekdays’ (WOW) process. This process is the real ‘heartbeat’ of the LRF, and brings together senior practitioners from key partner agencies on a monthly basis to ensure that the LRF is dynamic, responsive and delivers on the agreed work plan. The main sub-groups meet quarterly within the WOW process.
All sub-groups are established by the Business Management Group and their chairs agreed. All chairs are responsible for providing the secretariat for their own sub-group. The sub-group chair is responsible for ensuring the group complies with the agreed conduct and governance arrangements of the main LRF.
The chairs of sub-groups are responsible for the delivery / outputs from sub-groups and report back on their activities to the Business Management Group. The Business Management Group provides direction to each sub-group as appropriate.
Each sub-group is responsible for drawing up and maintaining their own terms of reference, remit and timescales for the delivery of agreed work contained within the work plan, and with the agreement of the Business Management Group.
The resilience world is an ever changing landscape with new work and initiatives emerging all the time. This work has to be prioritised and it is often necessary to establish a bespoke task and finish group to consider individual pieces of work. These groups are time limited and disband after a piece of work is delivered.
The LRF Manager is a full time member of staff who has responsibility for coordinating activities across all partner agencies.