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					Scottish Resilience                                                                                   Issue 8: June 2010

News                                                                                         Welcome
                                                                                             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

                           Scottish Resilience
Preparing meeting
                                 Under the volcano
Water rescue
Scotland review
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
      mass fatalities
   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              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.

Resilience Framework
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
                                                                                               stakeholder meeting

                                                                                               The first of what is intended
                                                                                               to be an annual meeting
                                                                                               between the Met Office’s

FBU national
                                                                                               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
                                                                                               Airwave interoperability
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.          
   More information from:

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Natural hazards
feasibility study
A joint Met Office/Environ-
ment Agency/Ordnance
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                 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

Resilience News
 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
 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             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
 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
                                   The results of a research    readyscotlandlogo.

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