Working together for a resilient Birmingham.


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The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA), created a single and up to date framework for civil protection in the UK. The Act places a legal obligation on a range of agencies involved in the management of emergencies to plan and work together in dealing with potential risks and hazards. The primary mechanism for promoting this environment is the Local Resilience Forum (LRF).

Birmingham is part of the West Midlands Conurbation LRF and is the largest of seven local authorities within the conurbation.

Birmingham is in the centre of a major Conurbation surrounded by Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country areas of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell. Our planning for emergencies will impact on these areas and vice versa. Consequently, we work closely with these other local authorities, to ensure planning and response arrangements are fit for purpose across the entire area of the Conurbation. This work includes joint risk assessment and training and exercising, and is conducted through the West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum.


West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum – Who We Are

The West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum is a statutory multi agency partnership organisation. It was set up to ensure the local authorities, emergency services and the environment agency (known as category 1 responders) in partnership with other organisations such as gas and water companies (category 2 responders) fulfil their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This Act is important because it establishes a consistent level of civil protection planning and preparation activity between these organisations across the UK.

The West Midlands Conurbation is made up of seven metropolitan councils (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton) with a total population of over 2.4 million people, nearly half of these living in Birmingham, according to the 2011 census. It borders three counties: Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

The West Midlands Conurbation is associated with a high density urban nature, with key rail routes, and New Street Station in Birmingham City Centre, which is the busiest mainline station in the country in terms of passenger throughput and services provided. It also has a number of major roads and a complex motorway network, including stretches described as being some of the busiest motorway sections in the UK.

The West Midlands contains several highly industrialised areas, most notably Sandwell. The Conurbation hosts many conference, sporting and entertainment venues including the National Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, National Exhibition Centre, and several football stadia.

West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum – What We Do

The aim of the West Midlands Conurbation (WMC) LRF is:

To ensure that there is an appropriate level of preparedness to enable an effective multi-agency response to emergency incidents, which have a significant impact on the communities of the WMC. 

All services and organisations work together to ensure that the best possible preparations and plans are in place for emergencies. These are regularly tested and updated so that agencies can respond immediately and effectively to any threat.

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The LRF has a structure whereby local authority area groups take responsibility for assessing various risks within the Forum’s Community Risk Register and developing best practice working methods for each of the others to choose to follow. In Birmingham, the area group is referred to as the Birmingham Resilience Group (BRG).

Birmingham Resilience Group

The BRG includes officers from Birmingham City Council, the Emergency Services, key agencies within the NHS and a range of other agencies named under the CCA. The BRG will strengthen both community and agency resilience within Birmingham through appropriate planning and exercising.

Birmingham has rapidly developed a reputation for being at the cutting edge for emergency planning and response.

As a city, our success in dealing with emergencies has always depended on working effectively with our emergency planning and response partners:

Working Together is a framework document that outlines in detail the roles and responsibilities of a range of agencies in most response situations.  Download the document here, Working Together v 6 2017

Working in partnership with our Communities and Neighbourhoods

We are very aware that any emergency, however short-lived, can have a long term and potentially devastating effect on individuals, families and communities.  To minimise this impact it is important that the public are aware of the threats and hazards the City faces and how they can prepare and help themselves when emergencies happen.

Birmingham Communities and Neighbourhoods Resilience Group

The Birmingham Communities and Neighbourhoods Resilience Group was established in July 2008.  This group provides a forum to communicate with existing and established community and faith groups, the emergency services (fire, police and ambulance) and voluntary organisations to ensure that emergency planning arrangements and response activities meet the needs of the wide range of diverse communities and organisations.  This group meets approximately twice a year but various sub groups have been formalised where workshops have been arranged on behalf of local authority and external statutory organisations to focus on specific areas.   These include; flooding,  climate change, city centre residents, and swine flu.

Is your community group/organisation represented at the Birmingham Communities and Neighbourhoods Resiience Group?   If not then contact us.