Test post 1
This research is important as very little work has been done on the assessment of courses or the adequacy of training (Sinclair, Doyle et al. 2012) for strategic emergency managers. Similarly, due to the increased push from central government around interoperability which is advocated by researchers (Cole 2010, Pollock and Coles 2015) and published in the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP 2016), it is high on the political agenda. It is also extremely topical in light of recent natural and man-made emergencies in the UK such as flooding in Gloucestershire and the Somerset Levels (2013-14) and Cumbria (2015) as well as the very recent Grenfell Tower fire.
A questionnaire was developed and sent out to Local Resilience Forums to disseminate to those emergency managers and strategic leaders within local authorities. From this, data was gathered and results were analysed and discussed.
The following aim and objectives form the basis of the research;
To assess and evaluate the training provided to strategic decision makers in local authorities in the UK in relation to managing a multi-agency emergency.
1) Analyse the frequency, type and content of training currently received
2) Appraise the need for strategic management in a multi-agency environment and ascertain what corresponding knowledge, skills and understanding may be required of local authority strategic managers in order to successfully respond to strategic ‘needs’ as a part of that environment
3) Assess the adequacy of current training and standards for local authority strategic emergency managers
4) Propose a set of skills and training criteria which match the requirements for local authority strategic emergency managers
5) Propose recommendations for further research and policy development