Resilience and Specialist Operations
How prepared are we?
The world in which we live has changed enormously over the last decade. Disruptive events such as extreme weather, outbreaks of disease such as swine flu and even terrorist attacks are ever present hazards and threats to our way of life.
Our specalist staff are trained in responding to CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive) incidents.
The Resilience department has a number of responsibilities, such as:
- Dealing with the day-to-day business of Resilience and emergency planning
- facilitating Emergency Planning Society accredited competency based Major incident command and control training
- working with outside agencies such as police, fire, HM Armed forces, local authorities and industries for emergency planning and management of large events
- liaising with the voluntary societies including St John Ambulance and British Red Cross
- managing large or difficult incidents such as major traffic accidents and explosions
- providing specialist knowledge as Tactical Advisors to staff in the Health and Emergency Operations Centres and to managers and vehicle crews on policy and procedure, and clinical matters
Local Resilience Fora
The key to co-ordinating this activity are the Local Resilience Fora, or LRFs. There are two LRFs within South Central's area.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight LRF is chaired by Hampshire Constabulary and has a series of working groups which deliver the LRF's strategic goals.
Similary the Thames Valley LRF is chaired by Thames Valley Police and has a similar structure by which the duties under the Act are discharged.
Tactical Advisors are the Trust's Resilience and Specialist Operations Managers and HART Manager. One of their roles is to advise the Tactical (Silver) Commander and act as a multiagency liaison at large or major incidents. At smaller incidents where a Silver Commander is not needed the Tactical Advisor will act independently.
At Major Incidents where a Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG), or Gold, is established, the Tactical Advisor will advise the Strategic Commander (Gold Commander) and act as a liaison with other agencies.
The aim of the Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme is to ensure that the blue light services are trained and exercised to work together as effectively at all levels of command in response to major or complex incidents so that as many lives as possible can be saved. This video will help to explain.