Partnership board expressed confidence in emergency response

12/07/2017, PR8600X

​Members of a 'Wakefield Together' partnership board have said they are confident that key organisations would respond quickly and effectively in the event of a major emergency in the district, but that arrangements still need to be continually reviewed and improved.

​At a meeting earlier this week, Wakefield Together Local Services Board (LSB), which includes representatives from Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, JobCentre Plus, Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, Wakefield College, WDH and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service expressed confidence in the ability of emergency and support services to take rapid action in a crisis.

However, the LSB which is focused on promoting the safety, wellbeing and health of people in the district, is now to carry out a piece of work to look at how organisations work together to support communities in the aftermath of an emergency situation.

​Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, and Chair of the LSB, said: "We are confident in the ability of partners and organisations to respond very quickly to a major incident. However, in the light of the Grenfell Tower incident we are not complacent. We now need to be satisfied that the right support and help would be available to support residents in the days, weeks and months after a critical situation."

The LSB will be testing out scenarios and looking at how to engage with and share information with communities.

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