The aim of Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is: “To establish and maintain effective multi-agency arrangements to respond to major incidents and emergencies, to minimise the impact of those incidents on the public, property and environment of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, and to satisfy fully the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.”
The LRF’s chief officer group is responsible for overseeing the co-ordination of emergency planning within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The group meets regularly, is led by Nottinghamshire Police, and consists of senior managers from the principal emergency planning and response organisations.
The role of the LRF includes:
Agreeing joint strategic and policy approaches relating to Nottingham & Nottinghamshire's preparedness and response
Approving the community risk register, and ensuring it provides a robust basis for planning
Ensuring that multi-agency plans, procedures, training and exercises are in place
Directing and overseeing the activities of subgroups which concentrate on specific subjects
Ensuring that appropriate resources are made available to working groups
Co-ordinating the individual approaches and responsibilities of each organisation to ensure they complement each other
Considering the implications of legislation and national initiatives. Further information can be found in the LRF Constitution and LRF Strategy
These are known as category one responders, and include the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, and some government agencies. Their responsibilities include:
Business continuity planning
Warning and informing
Co-operating with partner agencies
Sharing information with partner agencies
The requirements to co-operate and share information are also given to organisations known as category two responders. These include operators of water, electricity, gas, telecommunications and transport infrastructure, and some other government agencies.
There is a third group that category one responders must bear in mind when carrying out their duties. These are generally voluntary agencies.
All of these organisations have an important role in ensuring the UK’s resilience. Each area of the country has a multi-agency partnership called a Local Resilience Forum (LRF), which carries out this work. These are based on police-force boundaries.
Organisations meet through the LRF to build resilience to emergencies. This includes:
Anticipating future challenges (also known as ‘horizon scanning’)
Assessing risks and preventing them where possible
Preparing through the development, training, exercising and review of emergency plans
Responding to incidents when they occur, and recovering from their effects
Learning from emergencies locally and elsewhere
Each organisation remains responsible for fulfilling its own duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, but it is the LRF that provides the structure within which they co-operate.
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 places a legal duty on those responding to an emergency to undertake risk assessments, and to maintain them in a community risk register (opens as PDF).
The main purpose of the community risk register is to inform communities about potential hazards, and the relative likelihood and impact of such events. It is also used by emergency planners to prioritise their planning, ensuring it is proportionate to the risk. The community risk register does not cover all eventualities, nor does it suggest that a particular scenario will occur.
Should you require the Community Risk Register in hard copy, large print, Braille or other languages, please contact the LRF secretary.
Category one responders include:
Ashfield District Council
Bassetlaw District Council
British Transport Police
Broxtowe Borough Council
Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
East Midlands Ambulance Service
Gedling Borough Council
Mansfield District Council
Newark & Sherwood District Council
NHS Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
UK Health Security Agency
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Category two responders include
Canal & River Trust
East Midlands Railway
Health & Safety Executive
London North Eastern Railway
National Grid Electricity Distribution
Severn Trent Water
Many other organisations, including voluntary agencies and the military, also support the work of the Local Resilience Forum.
If you have any queries about the work of the Local Resilience Forum, please contact: