FIRE Editor Andrew Lynch and Security Correspondent Dr Dave Sloggett set out their vision for a complete overhaul in the UK’s approach to resilience with a Charter for Resilience, outlining a new architecture for society, including a Department for Resilience.
In the last issue of FIRE we posed the question: ‘Could the pandemic be the first step to resetting how society functions?’ and outlined the key elements required to transform our approach in the white paper, Coronavirus: A Five-Step Reset for Fire and Emergency Leaders.
Integral to that approach is resetting resilient and connected communities. It is to these aspects that we turn our attention in calling for a Charter for Resilience and in the process analyse how this will lead to resetting fire and emergency response and the resultant reset required of a new dynamic style of leadership.
Given the impact upon the economy, the health of the nation and the very infrastructure of society, we believe the tenets of the Charter for Resilience and suggested architecture will place the country on a permanent state of preparedness for the worst threats we face.