About the Resilience Service

What the Resilience Service does

The Buckinghamshire Council Resilience Service works to create and maintain a resilient Buckinghamshire. This is through sustainable readiness, response and recovery processes. All of this supports our services and communities.

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 gives Buckinghamshire Council responsibilities. It provides a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom.

The Act is separated into two parts, local arrangements and emergency powers. With supporting regulations and guidance, it establishes a clear set of roles and responsibilities. The guidance is for those involved in emergency preparation and response at a local level.

There are two categories of local responders. Category 1 responders include Buckinghamshire Council and other organisations at the core of the response to most emergencies. For example, emergency services and NHS bodies. As a Category 1 responder, Buckinghamshire Council handles the full set of civil protection duties. As a Council, we must ensure we:

  • assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
  • put in place emergency plans
  • put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection
  • maintain arrangements to warn, inform and tell the public in the event of an emergency
  • share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination
  • co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency
  • provide business continuity management advice to businesses and voluntary organisations (local authorities only)

About the resilience team

Emergency Management is a means of assessing threats and risks, then putting plans in place.

The work that we can do is covered in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). This act focuses on emergency preparedness, including Integrated Emergency Preparedness and Management. The following six activities are fundamental to an integrated approach:

  • anticipation
  • assessment
  • prevention
  • preparation
  • response
  • recovery management.

More work under statutory regimes in the field of Civil Protection duties are:

  • The Pipeline Safety Regulations 1996
  • Radiation (Emergency Preparedness & Public Information) Regulations 2001
  • The Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 1999 (COMAH).

We work with emergency services in formal strategic liaison arrangements. This ensures consistency and co-operation between category 1 and category 2 responders.

Who the resilience team works with

Buckinghamshire Council Resilience Group

The Buckinghamshire Council Resilience Group group concentrates on:

  • emergency, community and organisational planning
  • risks that may impact the Council and local communities

Services within the council, and elected Members, work to plan and respond.

Buckinghamshire Resilience Group

Also in the county is the Buckinghamshire Resilience Group. This group enables a wide range of organisations to come together. For example, it includes the emergency services and volunteer agencies. It focuses on on emergency preparation, response and recovery.

Thames Valley Local Resilience forum

The Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum covers the whole of the Thames Valley. Both the Buckinghamshire Council Resilience Group and the Buckinghamshire Resilience Group are part of the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum.

All three groups enable responders and voluntary agencies to:

  • share learning and experiences to strengthen planning and response activities
  • work to provide a co-ordinated response

Volunteer services

Buckinghamshire Council also works with volunteer agencies and services. All these have different specialisms. They include:

  • British Red Cross
  • Women’s Institute
  • Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Off Road Group
  • Radio Amateurs Emergency Network (RAYNET)