Scottish Resilience Issue 8: June 2010
Welcome to June’s Scottish
Resilience News, the first
since the Westminster
elections in May brought in a
new coalition government.
The new administration is
already taking a different
approach to resilience. The
Prime Minister, David
Cameron, is chairing weekly
meetings of the new National
Security Council, which
The six St Andrew’s Award winners pictured with the First Minister at Brave@Heart.
replaces NSID as the
Honouring Scotland’s heroes
umbrella for Cabinet
business on resilience and
security, while Baroness
First Minister Alex Salmond hails Scotland’s heroes at the first annual Neville-Jones, the Minister
for Security at the Home
Brave@Heart Award Office, leads the resilience
Fifty Scots were commend- and rescue organisations incredibly important to agenda at UK level.
ed for their courage at a and considered by an honour those who have An updated National
celebration hosted by the independent validation demonstrated great Security Strategy, setting out
First Minister at Edinburgh panel. Of the 50 selected to bravery.” the priorities which will guide
Castle on 9 June. The First receive a Brave@Heart The validation panel that spending review decisions at
Minister also presented a Award, 26 are emergency considered nominations UK level, is due to be
St Andrew’s Award to six service staff and 24 are consisted of a represent- published soon. Early
people who have demonst- members of the public. ative from the Association indications are that the new
rated exceptional bravery. of Chief Police Officers in administration is – like the
They included Kirsten Elder Courage Scotland (ACPOS), the Scottish Government –
and Riah Holland, aged just First Minister Alex Chief Fire Officers Associa- committed to developing
14, who saved a woman Salmond said: “The tion Scotland (CFOAS) and community resilience, as
from jumping from a bridge Brave@Heart Awards are the Scottish Ambulance part of the Prime Minister’s
in Glenrothes, and PC about recognising and Service. The panel was ‘big society’ philosophy.
Steven Gilmour who saved celebrating exceptional acts chaired by Professor David In the meantime, we will
a man from drowning in of courage. As a nation we Alexander of the Aberdeen remain in close contact with
Ardrossan harbour. are not always good at Centre for Trauma Whitehall colleagues and
Nominations were put championing our own Research, Robert Gordon with the Scottish resilience
forward by blue light services achievements, but it is University, Aberdeen. community as the new
agenda takes shape.
Congratulations to all
Stop Press: Scots teams win UK EPS awards the Emergency Planning
Awards winners, announced
The winners of the Emergency Planning Awards 2010 were announced last night at last night.
the Emergency Planning Society’s annual conference in Glasgow. Congratulations
to the Highlands and Islands Public Communications Capability Group, who won the
City of London Award for Resilience Team of the Year. Tayside SCG, and ScoRDS/
Coatbridge College, were also highly commended in the SCG National Capability Lorna Gibbs
Award and HPA Emergency Planning Initiative of the Year categories respectively. Head of Resilience Strategy
Under the volcano
The first meeting of the
Scottish Government Inland
Water Rescue Stakeholder When the glacier-covered Eyjafjallajökull volcano began erupting in southern
Group was chaired by the Iceland, it emitted clouds of volcanic ash that closed airspace across the UK
Head of the Scottish and large parts of Europe in mid-April, causing enormous disruption and
Resilience Emergency leaving travellers stranded worldwide.
Response Unit, Stephen
Woodhouse, in June. The Weeks later, and following further periods and coordinate the response across
group was set up to consider of sporadic disruption to air travel, the Scotland and with UK level initiatives. The
the recommendations of volcano is currently classed as being Scottish Government’s Homecoming
Paddy Tomkins’ Independent ‘paused’, with no emissions of volcanic Helpline was set up on 20 April and
review of open water and ash, although it won’t be deemed ‘dormant’ provided travel, visa, health and other
flood rescue in Scotland. until it has been resting for three months. advice to over 2,100 callers over nine
In his report, Mr Tomkins Dr Sue Loughlin from the British days at the height of the disruption.
concluded that the current Geological Survey in Edinburgh recently “The eruption demonstrated that
multi-agency approach to provided a brief to Scottish Ministers on modern society is very vulnerable to
water rescue in Scotland is the current state of play and future disruptive events such as this one,” says
robust, but there is scope for prospects for renewed volcanic activity. Rod McKenzie, who is coordinating risk
making more effective use of Sue was also involved in producing the and impacts assessment for Scottish
the resources currently held UK level expert advice from SAGE. Resilience. “Tourism and some business
by responder agencies, sectors in particular, depend heavily on
New funding for
including the voluntary Response air transport. Other widespread effects,
sector. Scottish Resilience worked closely with for example on people’s health and on
The stakeholder group colleagues across Scottish Government, agriculture, are also possible in the event
includes representatives of including from transport directorate, of future increased volcanic activity.”
public and voluntary sector Transport Scotland, economy, tourism, For now SGoRR remains on standby,
responder organisations, health, animal health, rural affairs, but work continues to coordinate
trade unions, and strategic environment and communications, to contingency planning across Scottish
coordinating groups. respond to the event. Government for possible future disruption,
Johann.MacDougall@ The Scottish Government Resilience and to ensure that the public and
Scotland.gsi.gov.uk Room (SGoRR) was first activated on 15 businesses are kept informed about the
April to gather information, brief Ministers prospects for disruption to air transport.
Cycle: second phase Focus on Tayside Strategic Coordinating Group
Frank Clayton joined Scottish
Resilience on secondment
from Grampian Fire and
Disaster victim identification exercise
Rescue Service in March. A full-scale disaster victim identification (DVI) exercise took place at RM Condor,
Frank is a well-known face Arbroath, in April. Hosted by Tayside Police in conjunction with the ACPOS Major
within the resilience Incident Co-ordination and Development Unit, the exercise was designed to test
community, having been the interoperability arrangements in a mass fatality incident.
FRS tactical lead on Exercise About 70 trained staff from all Scottish police forces took part, along with
Green Gate last year. colleagues from other agencies. Observers from a wide variety of partner
His role is focused on the organisations including
second phase of the Scottish Scottish Government, COPFS,
Resilience Framework Cycle: Tayside Fire and Rescue and
Capability Analysis and Dundee City Council also
Development. This work will attended. Details of new
further support the resilience technology and techniques
community to assess the were highlighted by experts in
ability to respond to an DVI related matters based at
emergency and address any the University of Dundee.
identified gaps in delivery. Learning outcomes will be
Draft guidance is due to go identified and available in due
out for consultation in July. course. More information
More info: Frank.Clayton@ from: Clive.Murray@
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Minister Public weather service
The first of what is intended
to be an annual meeting
between the Met Office’s
Public Weather Service
Customer Group and
resilience stakeholders in
Scotland took place in June.
conference The group discussed issues
relating to improving public
information about weather
forecasts and warnings as
Fergus Ewing became the first well as Met Office work to
ever Scottish Minister to formally understand public perceptions.
address the Fire Brigades Union They also outlined an
initiative to review their
(FBU) national conference, held weather warning processes
in Southport in May. to make them more impact
based, potentially introducing
The Community Safety Minister, Fergus a new service in Spring 2011.
Ewing, told 300 delegates at the FBU’s those with a role in delivering fire and More information on Met Office
national conference that Scotland could rescue services needed to work together, initiatives is available online.
be held up as an example of how to to find the efficiencies that would help
deliver progress and change through protect frontline services.
dialogue and partnership working. The Minister also announced his
Outlining some of the firsts achieved in intention to ask the Head of the Scottish
Scotland – including the installation of the Fire and Rescue Advisory Unit to form a Airwave is a secure and resil-
Firelink resilient communications system working group to review emergency ient digital communications
and the publication of a response standards in system used by police forces,
Learning and Scotland. fire and rescue and ambulance
Development Strategy – “This partnership approach The group will bring services in Great Britain, as
he said: is vital if we are to steer our together the fire and well as other non-blue light
“We have already rescue services, FBU emergency responders.
shown what can be
way through the and Government, and With all three blue light
achieved through uncertainties ahead” will be tasked with services now using the
partnership. Maintaining highlighting any marked system, it’s important that
this partnership approach changes to response they have a standard method
between the services, local government standards since the move to Integrated of operating. Airwave users in
and the FBU is vital if we are to steer our Risk Management Planning in 2005. Scotland are currently taking
way through the uncertainties ahead.” “This, I am sure, will present us with an this forward through a series
Against the backdrop of a new informed and considered position, of meetings and workshops.
Westminster Government and future highlight any gaps, and help develop They hope to produce a
spending cuts, Mr Ewing stressed that all solutions,” he said. simple, easy to understand
document on interoperability
for Scotland, which can be
incorporated into existing
Stewart Borthwick takes on Preparing Scotland review emergency plans and
manuals, later this summer.
Stewart Borthwick, Regional Resilience Advisor for Strathclyde, has taken on the Scottish Resilience recently
work of reviewing the Preparing Scotland suite of guidance, working one or two published a circular on
days a week out of Scottish Government offices at Atlantic Quay. Airwave interoperability in
The review will make recommendations on the future format of Preparing Scotland, which includes an
Scotland as well as the processes for the production of multi-agency guidance. It update on the applicability of the
will also review the current content in line with those recommendations and guidance issued by the
oversee the work of updating those areas that are out of date or have been National Policing Improvement
replaced by new guidance. Agency (NPIA) to Scotland.
Stewart will continue with his role as RRA, and will be supported in his work on More info from: Craig.Alexander
Preparing Scotland by Rob Roberts, who joined Scottish Resilience in June. @Scotland.gsi.gov.uk
More information from: Stewart.Borthwick@strathclyde.pnn.police.uk
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A joint Met Office/Environ-
Survey team is currently
carrying out a feasibility
study into setting up a
Natural Hazards Partnership
(NHP). This would join up the
tools used by various
agencies to forecast a range
of natural hazards, both long
and short term. Mr Ewing with John Stevenson, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team Leader (centre)
The joint team held a and Alfie Ingram, Chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland (right).
workshop in Edinburgh in
Funding for mountain rescue
May, where representatives
of strategic coordinating
groups, CFOA(S) and SEPA
met with colleagues from The Scottish Government this month. deliver a first-class
Scottish Resilience and other is to make £300,000 Mr Ewing said: “As a voluntary service in the
areas of Scottish available for mountain former member of Lomond face of increasing demand
Government to consider the rescue services in Scotland Mountain Rescue Team, I and sometimes daunting
value such a partnership this year, and fund a new know first-hand the vital challenges.”
could bring to Scotland. project manager post at the service that Mountain John Craig has been
More information from Mountain Rescue Committee Rescue Team volunteers seconded to MRCOS from
Stephen.Woodhouse@ of Scotland (MRCOS). provide for Scotland, and Scottish Resilience for 18
Scotlandgsic.gov.uk The Minister for Comm- the numbers of lives they months. He will work with
unity Safety, Fergus Ewing, save each year. the organisation to develop
announced the funding as “Mountain Rescue its business and strategic
he visited Lochaber Teams represent the best objectives. More inform-
Mountain Rescue Team traditions of community ation from: Drew.Peden
Base in Fort William earlier service, and continue to @Scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Scottish Resilience News is
Voluntary Sector Resilience Seminar
published every two months April’s Scottish Resilience News highlighted plans for a seminar involving
by the Scottish Government. voluntary sector organisations across Scotland, to help build activity around
The newsletter aims to
the theme of community resilience.
keep those working in fire
and civil contingencies up- The Scottish Voluntary project commissioned by involvement in resilience
to-date with what’s happen- Sector Resilience Seminar Scottish Resilience and led and the potential for future
ing at Scottish Government took place in Perth in June. by the British Red Cross development.
level and across Scotland. If The seminar enabled were also revealed – For more information
you have any comments, or voluntary organisations to setting out the current please contact Drew.
information you’d like to meet with each other and range of voluntary sector Peden@Scotland.gsi.gov.uk
share with the wider the wide range of agencies
resilience community, involved in resilience.
please contact the editor: Discussion focused on
Joanna.Swanson@ activity and good practice
Scotland.gsi.gov.uk already underway, how
agencies can work The Ready Scotland emergency preparedness web
Scottish Resilience together, and how we portal is now widely available on the Scottish Govern-
St Andrews House, 1R collectively ensure that ment website at www.scotland.gov.uk/readyscotland.
Regent Road, communities are as The Ready Scotland graphic (above) can be used to
Edinburgh EH1 3DG prepared as they can be to link to the site from responder organisations’ websites.
deal with emergencies. It is available to download at www.scotland.gov.uk/
The results of a research readyscotlandlogo.
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