Staffordshire Prepared The Newsletter of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum Issue 11 - October 2009 Staffordshire all set for Major Flood Exercise New Chair for All Systems Go For Resilience Forum Exercise White Water The Staffordshire Emergency services, the armed forces, councils, Government Resilience Forum has a new Chair. departments and volunteers are gearing up for one of the Assistant Chief biggest tests of their ability to cope with a natural disaster ever Constable Douglas to be held in the Midlands. Paxton has taken on the role from ACC Exercise White Water will test the capabilities of services Marcus Beale. ACC Paxton serving the people of Staffordshire to protect communities against major flooding. ACC Paxton said: “I am delighted to be chairing the SRF, and very much looking Planning has been underway for several months for the forward to helping the forum build on its exercise which follows the publication of the Staffordshire achievements to date. Emergency Flood Plan (SEFP) in summer 2009. “As members, we’re here to do a job for the Players include Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent people of Staffordshire: to prepare for and - if ever the time arises - support them City Council and Staffordshire’s eight district and borough through the difficulties of a large-scale civil councils, fire, police and ambulance services, the Environment emergency. Agency, Government Office for the West Midlands, the Met “The continuing challenge for us all is to Office, Severn Trent Water, the Health Protection Agency, pre-empt the unpredictable, and to be as ready as we can be to meet it head on. acute and primary care trusts, the Highways Agency, British Red Cross and the Ministry of Defence. “Staffordshire enjoys long-standing and very positive working links between its Assistant Chief Constable Douglas Paxton, Chair of the public services and agencies. I am fortunate enough to have already worked Staffordshire Resilience Forum, said: “This live, multi-agency with several of the organisations and exercise will put the new SEFP through its paces and will be people who contribute to the success of the SRF, and I’m keen to learn and do one of the biggest civil contingencies exercises staged in the whatever I can to help to drive the forum’s work forward.” area.” Staffordshire is one of the first areas of the UK to complete a of the SRF, and I’m keen to learn and do New Risk Register on-line whatever I can to help to drive the new plan in response to the major flooding which caused forum’s work forward.” An updated version of the Community Risk devastation across large areas of England in summer 2007. Register for Staffordshire is available on the Staffordshire Prepared website. The exercise will take place over three days and nights from 2 The Risk Register is used to direct November to 4 November 2009. Contingency Planning, Emergency Planning Andy Marshall, Director of Civil Contingencies, commented: and Business Continuity Management workstreams within the county. “The SEFP draws on the lessons learned from the floods of The new register can be seen by logging on to 2007. They will be comprehensively tested at Exercise White www.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk. Water.” 999 Day – Staffordshire Partners Councillors Go Behind Out and About in County Town the Scenes at CCU Members of Staffordshire County Council’s Corporate Review Committee met staff and viewed equipment during a visit to the Civil Contingencies Unit offices at Beaconside, Stafford. They were given a demonstration of how civil contingencies staff work closely with SRF partners from Staffordshire Police and the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Similar meetings are held in Stoke-on- Andy Marshall, Director of Trent, chaired by the city’s Director of Civil Contingencies, said: “We showed scrutiny Public Health. Work has been carried committee members how out to identify vulnerable people the services would come together in the event of a throughout Staffordshire and to identify major emergency to set up a multi agency command essential and non essential services if post. an emergency happened. “The CCU, the fire service and the police each have Buildings, Stafford and XX October at individual command units. Using an inflatable the Civic Centre, Stoke. structure we have devised a system to link the command posts together to provide a fully integrated 9 September 2009 (09-09-09) was a red letter day for emergency centre.” services in Stafford. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council Community Safety Partners took advantage of the unusual date Cabinet Member said “It’s reassuring to see that this sort of capability is available to support the emergency to host a 999 day in Stafford Town Centre. services, local authorities and NHS trusts in Staffordshire and it represents fantastic value for Stafford Borough Council's Community Safety Partnership money. organised the 999 event in Stafford’s Market Square to raise awareness of the emergency services and partner organisations. The people of Staffordshire can be reassured that we have robust emergency preparedness arrangements in place in the event of a major incident.” 999 services – the police, fire and ambulance – were joined by officers from Staffordshire’s Civil Contingencies Unit. News….News….News….News….News Other services at the event included the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, trading standards, health trainers and Agricultural meeting: The annual SRF meeting volunteers from St John’s Ambulance. with Staffordshire’s agricultural sector will be held on 23 November 2009. Key figures in the farming Civil Contingencies Officer, Sarah Moore, said: “Local authorities community join together with staff from Defra, the have a responsibility to raise awareness of civil protection National Farmers’ Union and Staffordshire arrangements within their local area andCatCCU was delighted Jargon buster: What is a the 1 responder? County Council’s animal health team to discuss civil contingency planning and consider whether able to help responders, commonly referred to day.” to be Category OneStafford Borough Council on the as Cat 1, farmers can offer help in the event of incidents include all Staffordshire unitary and district councils, the police, such as a major flood. Russ fire and ambulance services, hospitals, health service primary Cartlidge, Community Service Manager for Stafford Rest centre plan: The CCU is re-writing rest care trusts and the “We had a Agency. Borough Council, said: Environmentfantastic turn out and I was centre plans for the SRF. Contact Civil All may have a vital role to play in an emergency and have a pleased to see the high number of visitors the event attracted. Contingencies Officer Mel Page at seat at Staffordshire Resilience Forum meetings. firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Cat 2 responders include utility companies, transport providers, The event as the Highways Agencywe intend to rail and a model Refit complete: The refit of the CCU mobile such proved so successful, and Network use it as for future events, bodies, including the Health and Safety Executive command unit is now complete. The vehicle, Government at which we will share information and advice which is available to support all partners, is and the Government a Safer Stafford.” with the public to ensure Office (West Midlands). equipped to give access to technology including Wi-Fi, Raynet, the internet, Airwave and satellite telephones. Resilience Forum Training Package Training Diary Offers Something for All Partners 2-4 November; Exercise White Water. 9 November; Business Continuity Exercise, Staffordshire County Council Social Care and Health. 18 November; Tactical Silver (Vector) Exercise. 19 November; Rest Centre Training. 2 December; Strategic Gold (Vector) Exercise. 20 January; Strategic Gold (Vector) Exercise. 27 January; Foot and Mouth Outbreak Exercise. For further information contact Training and Exercise Coordinator, Steve Hill on 01785 898687. Staffordshire Resilience Forum members are benefiting from a comprehensive training package. Loggists Wanted A range of courses, often tailored to The Staffordshire meet individual partners’ requirements Resilience Forum is are available. appealing for more staff to come forward to train as Delegates are pictured enjoying a lively Loggists. discussion during a Vector command The recording role gives exercise at Leicestershire Police’s crucial support to decision Ashby Training Centre. makers on site and is vital when carrying out a review of how an incident was Strategic Gold and Tactical Silver council staff in Tamworth, Newcastle and handled. Vector command Stafford. Andy Marshall, Director of exercises have been attended by Civil Contingencies, said: delegates from Category One and Two Other recent sessions included Exercise “It is very important that all responders and the Voluntary Sector. Moustache. Civil Contingencies Officer partners have trained Marie Dale wrote and ran an exercise for loggists available and I Other training on offer includes Director the North Staffordshire Combined Health would urge all on Call training. The CCU has rolled out Care Trust based around a pandemic flu organisations to nominate Exercise Ivor which gives important scenario. staff for training.” guidance for senior council officers in A new forum was recently the hot seat for the vital first hour of a Steve Hill, training and exercise co- set up by the Staffordshire major emergency. ordinator, said: “We now have a wide Resilience Forum to allow ranging programme on offer to suit all loggists to share Civil Contingencies Officer Steve Berry resilience forum member organisations information about how said: “The one to one sessions last for and their staff.” they work. around 90 minutes and we have For further information developed a series of scenarios which The full training programme is published contact Megan Harris on directors can be tested with.” on the Staffordshire Prepared website to email@example.com allow organisations to plan ahead. Rest centre training has been held with Council Staff Put Through Their Paces Second Wave of Swine Flu Staff at Newcastle Borough Council were put Hits Staffordshire through their paces with a no-notice exercise. The council’s incident management team Forward planning is helping managers were told that the Civic Offices were Staffordshire cope with a on fire in an exercise devised by CCU officers. new wave of Swine Flu Team members had to use their contingency cases. plans to cope with the immediate incident and the Cases began to rise aftermath which saw the offices out of action for following the return of . weeks. Mark Barrow children to school in Chief Executive Mark Barrow was one of only three officers who September. had prior notice of the exercise. And health professionals say the upward trend He said: "Evidence shows that if the worst happens and an will continue as winter bites. incident happens within a community, the public don't just look to the emergency services, they look to their local council. NHS Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson said: “Everything suggests that we’re starting to "Our residents will expect us to be in a position where we not only see a second wave to follow on from the July deal with the crisis facing them - and us - but also help to deliver peak. We don’t know how big that wave is going services to them that we would normally deliver. to be, but we’re reaching the starting line.” "We are working hard to ensure the borough council is in a good SRF partners are at the forefront of operations to position to do this. Exercises such as Gold Phoenix are meant to monitor the spread of swine flu in Staffordshire. test the robustness of our emergency planning procedures so that if an occasion arises when they are needed, we know we will not let A Strategic Coordinating Group, chaired by the public down." Stuart Poynor, Chief Executive of South Staffordshire PCT, meets fortnightly, while a weekly Tactical Coordinating Group is held to A debrief meeting has since been held and a post exercise report coordinate the work of the Staffordshire partners. produced. It was considered that the exercise contributed much to the effort that council officers are putting in to improving their Information on Swine Flu is available on line response capabilities in the event of being involved in an internal from NHS Direct at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk. management and capability crisis. This was illustrated by the 2008 Melton Mowbray District Council offices fire. SRF Represented at The Emergency Joe is new CCU recruit Services Show 2009 Joe Woodman has joined the CCU on a 12 Staffordshire will be well represented at the 2009 Emergency Services month student placement. Show. The Civil Contingencies Unit will showcase its work at the November Joe, 21, from Chester, is event. studying Disaster Management Bruce Mann, Head of the national Civil Contingencies Secretariat, and Emergency Planning at said: “The show is an excellent opportunity to bring people together Coventry University. from across the civil protection community. And that matters because effective multi agency cooperation - people knowing and understanding what partners can contribute in preparedness planning He replaces Alex Evans who has returned to and response - is essential in preparing for and managing complex Coventry to complete the final year of his degree emergencies.” course. Guidance available Log on to the secure zone of the Staffordshire Prepared website to read new national Emergency Response and Recovery Guidance designed to accompany the Civil Contingency Act 2004. Staffordshire Prepared is produced and published by the Staffordshire CCU on behalf of the Staffordshire Resilience Forum. Telephone 01785 898618 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.