West Mercia Local Resilience Forum Area - An Overview
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 places a responsibility upon leading public bodies to co-operate locally, upon matters of civil resilience. The Act guides upon the creation of a Local Resilience Forum to consider such matters within an existing police force boundary. Therefore the West Mercia Local Resilience Forum has been created to administer the legislation across the Counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
To assist in the understanding of this work it is firstly important to provide the reader with a brief overview of the area in which this important work of risk identification and emergency planning is set.
|Facts about the West Mercia Area|
The West Mercia Local Resilience Forum
The WMLRF is a multi-agency group comprising bodies within West Mercia, such as local authorities, national and local health agencies, the three emergency services and the Environment Agency. The complete list of current partners can be found here.
The West Mercia LRF is currently chaired by David Shaw, Chief Constable of West Mercia Police.
The purpose of the LRF is to ensure effective delivery of the duties of the Civil Contingencies Act. This requires the partner agencies to co-ordinate resources so they can respond effectively when incidents do occur, to ensure West Mercia remains a safe place.
The LRF also exists to warn, inform, advise and educate the public about developments in the area of Civil Protection.
The Local Resilience Forum delivers its responsibilities by the partners being structured into groups with individuals contributing towards the work of the partnership according to their roles, skills and competence.
The West Mercia Local Resilience Forum is arranged into groups to deliver its work as shown in the organisational structure diagram. In addition it has a small team of people known as the secretariat to administer its basic day to day functions and liaise with external agencies and government. The Secretariat comprises two joint co-ordinators and an admin assistant.