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Avon CRT - What is their remit and why were they commissioned?

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Dear Avon Fire and Rescue Service,

I am of the understanding that you were one of the partners that set up the Community Resilience Team (CRT) for Avon, along with Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Please could you answer the following:-

- Was this team identified as a need by the Local Resilience Forum?
- Did your Fire and Rescue Service consult with the Resilience Teams in the Local Authorities that cover Avon?
- Are there any other services or charities within the Avon Fire and Rescue Service area who participate in the LRF or any of their sub-committees that provide any of the service that CRT Avon provide including, but not exclusively,flood rescue, search for missing people, rescue from height, search and rescue in perilous environments beyond the normal scope of statutory obligations of Fire and Rescue??
-If there are existing services or charities that provide this, what are your reasons, documented or otherwise, for supporting duplicating these?
- How much funding, either through direct funding or value in services in kind have Avon Fire and Rescue provided to CRT Avon or SARAID and did you authorise this? This may incude equipment, manpower or premises.
-What is the justification to the tax payer for any duplication?
-Which of the Fire and Rescue statutory responsibilities did the creation of Avon CRT address?
-Has the head of the Fire Authority or Police and Fire commisions or any of their officers supported the Avon CRT in person?
-Have you identified the other voluntary services, emergency or otherwise that cover these areas of need?
-Have these been supported by the Chief Fire Officer or the Fire Commisioner in person?
What offer of support has been made to existing organisations that provide " community resilience" in the area cover by what was Avon?

Yours faithfully,

I A M Concerned

Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear I A  M Concerned

 

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated
20.01.2018, which we intend to process under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

However, it would also appear probable for the purpose of this request
submission that a pseudonym has been used. I would therefore kindly
request that you provide your real name before any further correspondence
can be entered into. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, Avon Fire & Rescue Service is not obliged to provide a response
until we have been provided with a valid ‘name of the applicant’(FOIA
2000, Section 8(1)(b)).  Please find below the extract from the
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Dear Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests,

My full name is Martin James

Yours sincerely,

Martin James

Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear Mr James

 

Thank you for confirming.  Please find our formal acknowledgement.

 

I write to acknowledge your letter/email dated 20.01.2018  requesting
information regarding the Avon Community Resilience Team (CRT).

 

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the date of
receipt subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party. In some circumstances Avon Fire & Rescue
Service may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will
be informed and given a revised date at the earliest opportunity.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [1]website, however in the meantime, thank you for your interest in
Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Requests, Avon Fire and Rescue

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Dear Mr James 

 

I write in response to your request for information dated 20.01.2018
concerning the Avon Community Resilience Team (CRT).

 

Your request for information has been dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and I can confirm that Avon Fire &
Rescue Service holds some of the information falling within the
description specified within your request.

 

Please find our responses in blue font to your questions:

 

- Was this team identified as a need by the Local Resilience Forum?

AF&RS does not hold this information and cannot respond on behalf of the
Local Resilience Forum.

 

- Did your Fire and Rescue Service consult with the Resilience Teams in
the Local Authorities that cover Avon?

N/A. The CRT has been set up by SARAID (Search and Rescue Assistance in
Disasters) not AF&RS.

 

- Are there any other services or charities within the Avon Fire and
Rescue Service area who participate in the LRF or any of their
sub-committees that provide any of the service that CRT Avon provide
including, but not exclusively, flood rescue, search for missing people,
rescue from height, search and rescue in perilous environments beyond the
normal scope of statutory obligations of Fire and Rescue??

 

We cannot respond on behalf of the Local Resilience Forum, should you
require more information about their participants, please contact them
direct.

 

To our knowledge, CRT do not, and do not have plans to, provide rescue
from height capability, nor search and rescue in perilous environments.
There are other organisations who provide flood rescue and search for
missing people however due to the scale and duration of a potential
incident in these areas, more trained volunteers able to assist are
welcome. The CRT has a broad remit which includes assisting in making our
communities safer by carrying out prevention work and assisting in post
incident response to assist in communities after the emergency services
have left. If you would like more information about the range of work that
CRT do, please contact them direct.

 

-If there are existing services or charities that provide this, what are
your reasons, documented or otherwise, for supporting duplicating these?

AF&RS did not set up the team, the team is run by SARAID. As such, AF&RS
has not duplicated services.

 

- How much funding, either through direct funding or value in services in
kind have Avon Fire and Rescue provided to CRT Avon or SARAID and did you
authorise this?

This may include equipment, manpower or premises.

·         CRT are allowed the use of Nailsea Fire and Police Station for
fortnightly training sessions and storage of kit.

·         AF&RS have provided workwear with AF&RS logo’s to indicate their
partnership link, to the value of £1044.50, and vehicle servicing and
maintenance costs of £191.30 on a boat which is owned by SARAID but made
available for use by AF&RS for flood responder training or operational
deployments. Both of these were approved via normal authorisation process.

·         AF&RS provide CRT with some training via AF&RS trainers as
required to satisfy H&S requirements and safeguarding for CRT volunteers
to work in a FRS environment . To date, this has included sessions in
basic health and safety, identifying a vulnerable person at risk of fire,
level 1 water awareness and some basic water rescue techniques.

 

-What is the justification to the tax payer for any duplication?

AF&RS are not duplicating services, working with voluntary organisations
is beneficial to the tax payer.

 

-Which of the Fire and Rescue statutory responsibilities did the creation
of Avon CRT address?

Avon Fire and Rescue does not rely upon any voluntary organisation to
address any of their statutory duties. As such, the creation of CRT (by
SARAID) did not address any. We have a responsibility to make our
communities safer by carrying out prevention work; this is an area they
may assist us in as well as post incident work in communities.

 

Information about our Fire Service statutory duties can be found here
[1]https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/200....

 

-Has the head of the Fire Authority or Police and Fire commissions or any
of their officers supported the Avon CRT in person?

·         AF&RS does not hold information relating to the PCC and cannot
respond on their behalf.

·         The Chair of the Fire Authority has met members of the team and
supports their work.

·         The Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell awarded CFO commendations
to the team for their life saving actions
([2]https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/all-areas/21...).

·         Other Officers of varying roles have supported the team by
attending or delivering training sessions as required.

 

-Have you identified the other voluntary services, emergency or otherwise
that cover these areas of need?

Other organisations carry out some similar work. As part of the LRF all
local voluntary agencies and their capabilities are listed in the Avon
Area Voluntary Agencies Group Directory, AF&RS could request any of these
agencies to assist on a case by case basis. There are inevitably areas of
overlap between voluntary organisations however one of the key areas of
need which CRT will be assisting with, is carrying out prevention work and
assisting with recovery. AF&RS is not aware of other organisations
offering this to the Fire Service.

 

-Have these been supported by the Chief Fire Officer or the Fire
Commissioner in person?

AF&RS has no records of meetings of support for other voluntary agencies
by the current CFO Mick Crennell, or the previous CFO, Kevin Pearson. As
no timescales were given, this is for 2017.

 

What offer of support has been made to existing organisations that provide
" community resilience" in the area cover by what was Avon?

Within the Community Resilience name we have provided training and support
to the CR organisations geographically located within the AF&RS area, and
as a Category 1 responder on the LRF we work in collaboration with all
agencies and volunteer organisations in the LRF structure. The ACFO
(Service Delivery) is the deputy chair of the LRF and has instigated a LRF
capability group for Community Resilience within this LRF region of Avon
and Somerset and this is to explore further synergies and support.

 

Further comments for clarification in the interest of being helpful

Community resilience is about communities using local resources and
knowledge to help themselves in an emergency in a way that complements the
emergency services. By bringing resilience into communities, through
training and awareness, this can reduce the need for emergency services,
and allow communities to support each other in times of need and do so for
longer than emergency services can.

 

AF&RS works with over 50 organisations to assist in a number of areas to
support out mission to improve public safety through preventing,
protecting and responding. We work in partnership with CRT like we do with
a lot of other agencies.  

 

In the event of a large scale or protracted incident, there is a large
draw on resources within AF&RS as well as for other agencies involved. The
more trained, co-ordinated groups that are available to AF&RS and the
community, the better. As part of the LRF all local voluntary agencies and
their capabilities are listed in the Avon Area Voluntary Agencies Group
Directory, AF&RS could request any of these agencies to assist on a case
by case basis. If more than one voluntary organisation is needed, we would
expect them to work together under JESIP (Joint Emergency Services
Interoperability Programme) principles for the shared goal of helping a
community in need.

 

Further information about the CRT can be obtained from
 [3]http://www.saraid.org/crt/.

 

I hope that you find the above information useful.

 

Guidance about how we deal with requests for information can be located on
our [4]website.  AF&RS retain request correspondence for the current
financial year plus 3 years.

 

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Thank you for your interest in Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Joanna Warren
Data Protection Co-ordinator (Mon-Thurs), Corporate Services
Avon Fire & Rescue Service
Telephone: 0117 926 2061 Extension: 302
Mobile:
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