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Wiltshire's Voluntary Agencies involved in Emergency Response
We all know that in a fire, illness or crime event the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service or Police will respond, many people also know that imbedded between them are organisations like the Council, the NHS, Public Health England, the Environment Agency and many more. But did you know about the Voluntary Agencies role in incident response?
Voluntary agencies provide vital resources and man power that is often overlooked. Groups like the Red Cross help those vulnerable immediately after fires, with others like Wessex 4x4 Response assisting in getting vital carers and supplies to vulnerable people in storms and snow. There are a large number of different agencies covering a wide range of activities and often these agencies deal with small incidents so that they never reach levels seen on the news channels. However they also assist heavily in large scale incidents like evacuation and flooding. In Wiltshire and Swindon these organisations come together to form VASEC, which is a sub-group sitting within the Wiltshire and Swindon LRF, set up to integrate all voluntary agencies into incident planning and response.
If you want to find out more about each organisation, please see their individual sections below, who knows you might fancy joining one yourself!