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Shetland Emergency Planning Forum (SEPF)
The Shetland Emergency Planning Forum was established in 1988. With the exception of the addition of Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to the Forum Executive in April 2005, it has remained unchanged.
The Shetland Emergency Planning Forum will provide the communities of the Shetland Islands with a fully integrated, cohesive, efficient, and quality civil contingencies planning, management and response service.
Terms of Reference
- To provide a Shetland wide multi-agency forum for the discussion of all emergency planning, response and management issues
- To advise members of policy and strategic direction in relation to all emergency planning matters
- To promote best practice to all member organisations involved in emergency planning and management in Shetland through multi-agency training, exercising and reviewing of plans
- To provide working sub-groups to develop, co-ordinate and execute multi-agency exercises to meet the requirements of members
- To promote and develop effective liaison with mainland emergency planning groups
- To deliver a fully integrated, efficient multi-agency response to any disruptive challenge occurring within or around Shetland
Executive membership of the SEPF comprises:
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- Scottish Ambulance Service
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Health and Local Authorities:
- NHS Board Shetland
- Shetland Islands Council
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Full forum membership includes the Executive membership plus:
- Sumburgh Airport
- Scatsta Airport
- NorthLink Ferries
- Lerwick Port Authority
External agencies and voluntary sector:
- Shetland NHS Board
- Shetland Islands Council
- Scottish Resilience
- NHS Scotland Resilience
- Sullom Voe Terminal
- Shetland Council of Churches Trust
- Association of Community Councils
- Shetland Land Rover Club
- British Red Cross
- Lerwick Radio Club (Raynet)
Procurator Fiscal (Attends in advisory role only)
- British Telecom
- Scottish Water
- Scottish and Southern Energy plc
- Army (51st Scottish Brigade / 51st Highland Regiment)
Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group (HISCG)
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 addresses the contingency planning and emergency responsibilities of Local Authorities (and other agencies, such as the emergency services) as well as providing the framework by which government may invoke emergency powers. The Act aims to deliver a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom, taking into account a range of possible threats such as:
- Transport accidents
- Major flooding and other severe weather events
- Major disruptions to business activities, and
- National health threats
In Scotland the responsibility of ensuring the aims of the Act are achieved is devolved to the Scottish Government Scottish Resilience. This Department has very close liaison with the Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group both in pre-event planning as well as during any response to an incident or major emergency.
HISCG is a multi agency group committed to making the Highlands and Islands of Scotland a safer place by ensuring that we and our partners can respond effectively when incidents occur.
The group was set up in May 1998 to promote Integrated Emergency Management throughout the Highlands and Islands, with the aim of ensuring optimum response by the emergency services, public bodies and support agencies in the event of a major civil emergency or natural disaster.
The Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group meets three times a year at locations throughout the Highlands and Islands. The current Chairman of the group is the Chief Constable of Northern Constabulary.
OPERATIONAL AND TACTICAL LEVEL ARRANGEMENTS
To ensue that the planning and preparation is well managed at all levels within the Highlands and Islands communities there are a number of specific operational planning groups all reporting into HISCG.
The Highlands and Islands Emergency Planning Group (HIEPG)
This group was set up in January 1999 to deal with pan Highlands and Islands issues as identified by either the Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group (HISCG) or the four local authority groups/forums. HIEPG will advise the HISCG on policy and strategic direction in relation to all emergency planning matters. HIEPG meets four times per annum, six weeks prior to and six weeks after the HISCG meetings. It is a planning group only. It will not meet as a specific group in the event of an emergency and has no operational jurisdiction.
Sub & Capability Groups
All of the potential major emergencies identified in the Highlands and Islands Community Risk Register will have a number of generic consequences that will require multi agency pre determined arrangements in order to mitigate their impacts. The capability groups meet in a planning role only. They do not necessarily convene in an actual major emergency.
There are six HISCG capability groups for the following six subject areas:
- Risk assessment
- Communicating with the public
- Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear
- Human Health