Calls to speed up emergency response

The way organisations respond to civil emergencies such as major floods and extreme weather needs to be improved, according to a National Assembly for Wales Committee.

Better co-ordination needed to cope with emergencies

Flooded houses
Flooding in St Asaph, Denbighshire, November 2012 Credit: PA

There is room for improvement in the way organisations respond to civil emergencies such as major floods and extreme weather, according to a National Assembly committee.

The Public Accounts Committee has recommended closer scrutiny of how organisations such as the police, fire, medical services and local authorities plan for and cope with such emergencies.

The committee also concludes that a proposal to shift to a regional model of response will require a 'step change' in co-ordination and co-operation between all relevant bodies.

The Welsh Government has expressed its desire to take on the responsibility of managing the response to civil emergencies, which is a devolved power in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

But the committee has recommended that the Welsh Government clarify what resources it requires to take on such responsibilities from the UK Government.

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