Working with Partners

Partnership Working

The foundation of emergency planning is cooperation between partners.  In Grampian, the Grampian Local Resilience Partnership (LRP) is the local forum for the Category 1 and 2 Responders. Grampian LRP is part of the North of Scotland Regional Resilience Partnership (NSRRP). 

The LRP brings together the agencies which contribute to resilience in each area.  The LRP aims to maintain effective local liaison and co-ordination, through developing and managing a local work programme.

RRPs cover east, west and north of Scotland areas and these boundaries align with the territorial areas for both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.  NSRRP aims to protect the people, economy  and environment of the north of Scotland by building resilience and having effective arrangements in place to deal with emergencies.

The NSRRP and LRP consists of the Chief Officers of all Category 1 and 2 Responders.  Each member has the ability to commit the assets of their entire organisation.

NSRRP and Grampian LRP work closely with the Scottish Government, other Scottish RRPs and specialist advisors in responding proportionately to emergencies, minimising their impact and promoting recovery as quickly as possible.

Community Risk Register

One of the key parts of emergency preparedness is the production of a Community Risk Register (CRR), which identifies the range of potentially disruptive events that may occur in Grampian, and assesses the likelihood and impact of an event occurring.  The likelihood and impact assessments are used to develop a risk rating of low, medium, high or very high.  The CRR confirms the state of preparedness to deal such emergencies ensuring a swift return to normality.  It also provides the basis for the responder agencies to develop, implement and confirm emergency plans.

Emergency Plans

There are a number of guidelines and plans produced by the Scottish and UK Governments for a variety of potential emergency events.   The National Risk Register is available at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/national-risk-register   External website logo

In addition to local procedures to implement national plans, there are also requirements for local site/scenario specific plans.  In determining whether a multi agency  plan is required, each potential hazard is reviewed to determine if each responder organisation’s own plans can address the hazard.  If it is determined that these plans are insufficient to coordinate a multi-agency response, then a site or scenario-specific plan is required. Each plan is supported by a Liaison Group whose purpose is to review the risk assessment, maintain and exercise the plan.  

Other Organisations Involved in Emergency Response

In addition to the professional organisations that are involved in emergency planning and response, there are many long-established, specialist voluntary organisations that provide round-the-clock emergency cover in Grampian, such as Red Cross, Cotag and Skywatch.

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