New Regional Emergency Planning Service
Councils in North Wales have joined forces to provide a new regional emergency
planning service, the first of its kind in Wales.
The team will bring together the six councils’ emergency planning teams
ensuring a coordinated local authority response to any major incidents in North
Wales such as flooding, severe weather, power cuts, transport or industrial
The Service will assist the councils to fulfil their role in preparing with the
emergency services and other organisations, plans to assist in a co-ordinated,
multi agency response to a major emergency.
The 14-strong team will operate from two hubs based at Mold and Conwy and will
be managed by the Regional Manager Phil Harrison, former Emergency Planning
Manager for Wrexham and Deputy Regional Manager Jonathan Williams, formerly
Emergency Planning Manager for Conwy.
Phil Harrison said: “We have brought together the expertise from all the North
Wales Emergency Planning teams to harmonise all the various plans, reduce
repetition of effort and ensure that the response from individual councils is
timely and robust.
“As always we will continue to work closely with colleagues from other agencies
involved in emergency response and recovery such as the police, fire, ambulance
and Natural Resource Wales.”
Colin Everett, Chief Executive of Flintshire County Council, the lead authority
for the new regional scheme said:
“Severe weather which has caused, for example, flooding emergencies in North
Wales, requires a coordinated response from the emergency services and
councils. It is essential that we are ready to respond to such incidents and
any other type of emergency situation. Planning ahead is the most effective way
to ensure that if emergencies do happen they have as small an impact as
possible on local communities.
“Our new approach in North Wales has streamlined the service and will ensure
that we use our resources in the most efficient and effective way to deliver a
first class response for residents and businesses.”