LOCAL RESILIENCE FORUM
Cleveland Local Resilience Forum
The Forum is the body that oversees emergency planning and civil contingencies across the four unitary local authority areas of Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough and is coterminous with the boundary of Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade. It comprises of senior officials representing all Category 1 Responders, as defined under the Civil Contingencies Act, together with key partners. Whilst it is not a statutory body it is seen as the principal mechanism for facilitating multi-agency co-operation across the responding bodies to a major incident.
It is chaired by the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. The Secretariat is provided by Andy Summerbell, Chief Emergency Planning Officer of the Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit. The Forum meets on a quarterly basis, normally at Police Headquarters.
Representatives from the following organisations and agencies provide the membership:
Principle aims and objectives of the Forum
Groups and Sub Groups
The Forum has a number of Groups and Sub-Groups that concentrate on particular aspects of preparedness for the 'Cleveland' area. These include:
1. Local Resilience Working Group chaired by the Chief Emergency Planning Officer- this is the principle group which oversees the work of the following sub groups:
· Exercise Planning
· Business Continuity
· Flood Risk
· Voluntary Sector
· Temporary Mortuary
· Search and Rescue
2. Cleveland Media Emergency Forum chaired by the Chief Emergency Planning Officer, the primary aim of which is to ensure plans, protocols and practices are in place to warn to communicate with the public during a major incident. This forum oversees the work of the Warning and Informing Sub Group.
Membership of the Groups and Sub Groups are mainly emergency / contingency planners drawn from the organisations and agencies represented on the Local resilience Forum, but are combined with specialists from partner organisations and industry to provide a unique combination of expertise. For example, representatives from BBC Radio Cleveland and the chemical industry sit on specific groups.
For more information visit the Cleveland LRF website