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Rest Centre Training

Birmingham City Council has a number of officers that volunteer to respond 24/7 to provide emergency shelter and support for people who have been affected by an emergency such as a fire, flood etc. and need temporary shelter for a short time.  These officers work across a range of different Council Departments.

Members of the Rapid Response Team and some Rest Centre Managers came together on 19th September 2013 at the Stirchley Community Centre, Selly Oak to increase and refresh their knowledge about Birmingham City Council’s emergency shelter arrangements. 

The venue offered the chance for new volunteers and staff to see how the community Centre would convert to a rest Centre and how the different rooms and floor space would be allocated to accommodate the varying requirements of the evacuees. The session also offered an opportunity to meet new colleagues such as Chrissy Stokes who recently joined the Birmingham Resilience Team. The group discussed how they would cope with the many demands that may arise during different emergency situations with some very useful input from existing Rest Centre Managers based on their previous experiences.

Birmingham City Council works closely with statutory and voluntary sector partners such as the British Red Cross during emergencies and this session was facilitated jointly by Dr Adrian Powney from the British Red Cross and Veronica Coleman, Principal Emergency Planning Officer from the Birmingham Resilience Team.

Another successful and enjoyable training session.


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