Emergencies - voluntary organisations
During an incident, the emergency services can contact the council to help contain the effects of an incident and subsequently to restore normality to the environment and community. In turn councils may call upon local voluntary organisations to assist.
To co-ordinate this response the Emergency Support Organisations Group (ESOG) meets to discuss plans about how they may be able to support the local community in an emergency.
The members of this group are:
- Thames Valley Police (also representing Berkshire religious groups)
- South Central Ambulance Service
- Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
- Local authorities in Berkshire
- British Red Cross
- Hampshire and Berkshire 4 x 4 Response
- Radio Amateurs Emergency Network (RAYNET)
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
- Womens Royal Voluntary service (WRVS)
- Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue (SEBEV)
- St John Ambulance
- Salvation Army
The group’s policy document sets out to establish what the voluntary organisations can offer in terms of staff, services, equipment and skills in the event of an incident in Berkshire, as well as outlining the necessary requirements to support the emergency response safely.
This list of emergency voluntary organisations (PDF, 15kb) outlines the aims and services of each organisation.