The Local Resilience Forum brings together all agencies with a significant role to play in responding to and recovery from the effect of emergencies, and was formed to meet the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
The Civil Contingencies Act defines emergencies as: Any event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom, the environment of a place in the United Kingdom, or war, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom.
The agencies involved in the LRF are the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities, Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance Service, Environment Agency, British Transport Police and the NHS. These are classified as Category 1 Responders.
There are also other agencies and partners who are classified as Category 2 Responders, such as Transport, Airports, Utility Companies and Voluntary Agencies, all of whom may be involved in responding to and recovery from emergency situations.
These Category 1 and 2 responders work together under the remit of the SYLRF to minimise community risk and where emergencies occur respond collectively in the most appropriate manner.
How does the Local Resilience Forum work?
The Forum membership consists of the Chief Executives of all the agencies in South Yorkshire, eg local authorities, police, fire, ambulance, environment agency, NHS, etc. It is chaired by the Chief Constable and meets on a quarterly basis.