South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum
The South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) brings together all agencies with a significant role to play in responding to and recovering from the effect of emergencies in the county, 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 main agencies involved in the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum are those classified as Category 1 Responders: South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, the four Local Authorities in South Yorkshire, the NHS, Public Health England, and the Environment Agency. The most senior leaders from each of these organisations attend regular South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum meetings.
Other partners such as transport and utility companies are classified as Category 2 Responders. All of these organisations may also be involved in responding to and supporting recovery from local emergencies and so have a seat at the South Yorkshire LRF, as do local military and and voluntary agency representatives.
Category 1 and 2 responders work together under the remit of the South Yorkshire LRF to plan and prepare for localised incidents and emergencies, working to identity potential risks and produce multiagency emergency plans to either prevent or mitigate the impact of incidents. Where emergencies do occur, the agencies in the LRF respond collectively in the most appropriate manner.