Local Resilience Forum

The planning for, and responding to, large scale emergencies cannot be done in isolation. Established as a requirement of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Local Resilience Forums are the principal mechanism for multi agency collaboration/co-ordination and ensure the effective delivery of those duties under the Act that need to be developed in a multi agency environment.

With disasters striking at any time, there has to be a plan in place to respond to the emergencies. When an emergency happens, many different agencies will play a part in responding to the incident.

By partner agencies working together, we can help to:

  • Prevent the disaster getting worse.
  • Save lives.
  • Relieve the suffering of those affected by the incident.
  • Restore normality as soon as possible.

Gwent Local Resilience Forum (GLRF)

Within Gwent the main strategic group is the GLRF. Meeting quarterly and chaired by the Chief Constable, the group sits at the head of Gwent’s local civil protection arrangements.

The Group comprises of Senior Officers from:

  • Heddlu Gwent Police (Chief Constable chairs the group)
  • South Wales Fire & Rescue Service
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
  • Aneurin Bevan Health Board
  • Public Health Wales
  • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
  • Caerphilly County Borough Council
  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • Newport City Council
  • Torfaen County Borough Council
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Military
  • Welsh Government
  • Utilities

To assist in its working, the GLRF has a lower tier Co-ordination Group. This group has members from multi-agency organisations, emergency planning officers who are trained experienced individuals skilled in emergency/civil contingency planning.

In addition these members contribute to a number of sub-groups that have been established to develop various capabilities or set specific targets in strengthening local resilience through multi agency collaboration. These groups can also call on other emergency planning practitioners and persons with expertise.

Representatives from the GLRF also represent Gwent at the Wales Resilience Forum (WRF) chaired by the Welsh Government First Minister.