A team of volunteers has been formed to help co-ordinate the local response to any civil emergency which may arise within the Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton and Dallowgill Parish. Whilst this is led by the Parish Council, the team also comprises representatives of various local organisations and of residents from different parts of the Parish. Our work will be co-ordinated by the Emergency Planning team at Harrogate Borough Council led by Ian Speirs and assisted by Caitlin James.

It is likely that most emergencies would be weather related for example, loss of power due to storms or heavy snow, or flooding following prolonged rain, but there may be other circumstances, in this day and age, such as terrorist related incidents or plane crashes, where action may be required at a local level to deal with the aftermath. 

We will be working alongside the emergency services once they have dealt with the immediate risk, to mitigate the consequences of what has happened by, for example, providing local knowledge, organising welfare centres, making sure that all vulnerable members of our community are safe, and helping generally to get everything back to normal. It is likely in a close-knit community such as ours that much of this would happen naturally, but it has been proved that it is better to be organised in advance, to make the process more efficient.

At this stage we need to assess the resources which would be available and to this end we are putting
together a register of local skills and a separate register of equipment, which can be called upon in the event of an emergency.

If you feel that you would be able to be of help could you please contact Howard Mountain on 658838 or by email at setting out the area in which your skills lie, e.g. medical expertise, experience with rescue services, care provision, transportation, catering etc.

The equipment register will comprise a list of who could help if, for example chain saws, building equipment, generators, temporary lighting etc. were needed. If any equipment such as chain saws require appropriate training and licenses to be used we would need confirmation that this was available.

Team members:
Howard Mountain:          Parish Council/Laverton
John Collins:                  Mechanics Institute/Kirkby Malzeard
Mike Hurford:                   Kirkby Malzeard
Gerry Mass:                     Mechanics Institute/Kirkby Malzeard
Clive Robson:                  Mechanics Institute/KirkbyMalzeard
Geoff Lobley:                   Parish Council/Dallowgill
Iain Fraser:                       Highside Playing Fields/Laverton
Margy Blakey:                  School/Kirkby Malzeard
Helen Akester:                 Doctors Surgery
Ruth Thomas:                  Methodist Chapel/Kirkby Malzeard
Pam Robson:                  First Response/Kirkby Malzeard
Claire Walker:                  Women’s Institute/Kirkby Malzeard

We currently require a new team member who is a resident of Laverton.

We look forward to hearing from you if are interested in forming part of the register of local skills or can assist with the register of equipment.

Howard Mountain