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Strategic Group meets in Orkney to discuss Emergency Preparedness

Issued: 31 Aug 2010

THE HIGHLANDS & Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group is meeting for the first time in Orkney on 31 August. The group is responsible for identification of key risks and the planning and preparation for, and the management of major incidents across the Highlands and Islands . The Group is chaired by Chief Constable Ian Latimer and membership is of strategic leaders for all the category one responder organisations including the four local authorities, the four health boards and the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service.

The Highlands & Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group (HISCG) in association with Orkney Islands Council will also be holding an afternoon seminar ‘Emergency Preparedness and the Oil Industry’,which will be attended by representatives from Category 1 & 2 organisations, as well as local representatives from industry and environment groups.

The Highlands and Islands Community Risk Register clearly identifies ‘pollution of controlled waters’ and ‘fire or explosion at an oil refinery’ as ‘very high’ and ‘high’ risks respectively. This seminar will look at the key issues around managing risk in the oil industry and the preparedness in respect of dealing with the consequences of a pollution incident.

Chief Constable Ian Latimer said: “HISCG was formed in 1998 and has developed in line with the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and is based on the geographic coverage of the Police force area. Ultimately the aim of HISCG is to ensure multi-agency co-operation, sound strategic guidance and leadership, in both the planning for and the response to a major emergency, wherever in the Highlands and Islands that may occur.”

Chief Executive of Orkney Islands Council, and Chair of the Seminar, Albert Tait, welcomed the Group to Orkney. He said: “Orkney Islands Council welcomes the opportunity to host this important meeting and seminar. The Council is a key partner in the HISCG along with other councils and emergency and environmental services in the region. We have a major role to play in ensuring that Orkney is as best placed as possible to respond to and recover from emergency situations. We have encouraged all those interested in emergency planning to attend the seminar which will look at the disaster preparedness arrangements in place to deal with the specific risks associated with the oil industry.”

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