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About West Yorkshire Prepared

West Yorkshire Prepared is the Local Resilience Forum for West Yorkshire

The organisations in West Yorkshire Prepared work collaboratively to ensure there is co-ordination, co-operation and efficiency within the partnership, working together for the benefit of the communities they serve.

Made up of the region’s key emergency responders and specific supporting agencies, the Partnership works to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and major incidents.

  • We assess the types of hazards that might affect our region
  • Put plans in place to address different types of emergencies
  • Deliver training and exercises to test the plans
  • Ensure staff in all organisations are kept up to date
  • Provide advice, information and assistance to the public, business community and voluntary organisations.

The Partnership is made up of multiple organisations split into two categories:

Category 1 organisations, who are at the core of the response to most emergencies:

And Category 2 organisations, who are co-operating bodies and, in the event of a major emergency, would support Category 1 organisations where required:

About Local Resilience Forums: A Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is a multi-agency forum formed in a police area of the United Kingdom by key emergency responders and specific supporting agencies. Established under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA), which came into effect in order to ensure the UK is better prepared to cope with potential risks, LRFs require organisations across specific areas to work together to prepare, respond and recover from different emergencies.

An LRF allows responders access to a forum to consult, collaborate and disclose information with each other to facilitate planning and response to emergencies, and produce a Community Risk Register. Links to all LRFs can be found through the Local Resilience Forums page of the Cabinet Office website (

Aims and objectives: The aim of an LRF is to make sure the duties stated in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA) are achieved within a multi-agency environment. These are to:

  • Co-operate with other local responders
  • Share information with other local responders
  • Assess the risk of emergencies in the area
  • Put in place business continuity management arrangements.
  • Put in place arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency.
  • Provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity


West Yorkshire Prepared is led by three Co-chairs:

Dave Walton

Deputy Chief Fire Officer for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mariana Pexton

Director of Strategy and Resources at Leeds City Council

Ed Chesters

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police


Inspector Leah Bell

West Yorkshire Police


Cameron Hearns

West Yorkshire Police