Pictured here L-R: President of Devon Communities Together, John Lee OBE, Matt Herdman, Operations Watch Manager, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Dom Maxwell Batten, Emergency Planning Officer, Devon County Council, Elaine Cook, CEO, Devon Communities Together, Paul Netherton, ACC, Devon & Cornwall Police.

Key agencies and organisations across Devon: the Police, Fire Service, Environment Agency, Devon County Council, Plymouth and Torbay Councils, District Councils, Devon Communities Together and the Devon Association of Local Councils have come together to form The Devon Community Resilience Forum.

Community representatives from local, Parish and District Councils across Devon congregated on the 10th November at Fingle Glen golf resort, Tedburn St. Mary in the name of community resilience.

All set to “Be Prepared” and “Be Resilient” there was a great atmosphere at the Devon Community Resilience Forum Inaugural event, which was well attended by over 100 delegates and specialist suppliers.  

Elaine Cook, CEO, Devon Communities Together, was Master of Ceremonies and introduced a number of professional speakers and emergency response experts, including:

  • Paul Netherton, ACC, Devon and Cornwall Police

Context and the importance of resilience

  • Dom Maxwell Batten, Emergency Planning Officer, Devon County Council & Chair of the Devon Community Resilience Board

Background, structure and overview of the forum

  • Mary Dhonau, MDA Consultants – Queen of Floods

Community experiences and impact of resilience work

  • Matt Herdman, Operations Watch Manager, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Dramatic community examples and impact of resilience

Following a sociable luncheon, where delegates had plenty of opportunity to share their experiences and visit stall holders in the Marketplace, all delegates took part in workshops, designed to inform and offer advice on emergency planning from the beginner to the experienced.

Facilitators reported a huge turnout for the afternoon workshops, facilitated by Devon Communities Together, the  Environment Agency, Teignbridge District Council, Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council and represented by the communities of Braunton, Tiverton, Feniton and Brixham, who generously took time off from their daily responsibilities to share their knowledge and experience of Emergency Planning with less experienced communities.

At the sum up Elaine encouraged delegates to pass the word and the opportunity to join the Forum to their neighbouring communities and announced to the Forum details of a new Resilience Grant being delivered together with Devon Community Foundation (watch this space for announcements), plus details on the future training activities being developed.

There was a community atmosphere throughout the day and we look forward to the next forum event planned for May 2016.

Watch the BBC Spotlight covered here

Delegates and exhibitors wishing to attend the next event can register their interest by emailing [email protected] quote ref: DCRF16

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