*** PPE - call for action ***
Wiltshire & Swindon LRF is working with fellow responders across the South West and are grateful to businesses and others for their support in providing essential PPE supplies. PPE continues to present a huge challenge, and a national request is being made of organisations or others able to help with making PPE such as visors and gowns for our frontline workers. If you think you may be able to assist please use the following link to check the required specifications and register your offer here.
Community Risk Register
The whole business of the LRF is based on risk, and this is how the LRF prioritises its work. Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 there is a collective duty to undertake risk assesment. HM Government produces the National Risk Assesment (NRA) biennially which highlights the national risks facing the UK. The LRF looks at the NRA together with local risks specific to Wiltshire and Swindon. This results in the publication of the local Community Risk Register
All responders work together to produce a CRR. A specific Risk Sub-Group meets on a monthly basis to consider risk as part of an ongoing cycle and to consider any developing risk in a timely manner. Risks are categorised as Very High, High, Medium and Low. This assessment is determined by expert opinion and professional judgement. Very High and High risks are assessed on an annual basis, Medium risks every two years and Low risks are assessed every four years as a minimum.
A risk assessment is the first step in the emergency planning process. The purpose is to identify risks which could result in a major emergency in Wiltshire or Swindon. Every risk is assessed with a lead assessor nominated from the appropriate agency with the specialist knowledge to deal. This is a truly multi-agency activity with all partners contributing. A gap analysis is conducted to ensure that the correct level of planning and work is carried out to mitigate, as far as possible, each risk.
It is appreciated that the subject of risk can be somewhat dry but it is important that individuals, businesses and communities are informed about local risks. To make the process more informative and understandable, the LRF has produced a booklet entitled What’s Our Risk? which outlines our local risks in an easy to understand way.