‘Alert and poised’

Sarah Golembiewski, NKDC's Corporate Health and Safety Officer, who oversees emergency responsiveness.

Sarah Golembiewski, NKDC's Corporate Health and Safety Officer, who oversees emergency responsiveness.

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Staff at North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) remain ‘alert and poised to respond’ to emergencies over the Christmas holidays, according to a spokesman for the authority.

From the chief executive to contractors, environmental health officers, elected members and others with skills vital to managing situations, will be ready to make an urgent response, he added.

He said: “These could be as diverse as severe weather, dangerous structures, major animal or human health problems or infrastructure disruption. There is also an emergency repairs service for tenants.

“In a voluntary, unpaid capacity, certain individuals are available and responsive at anytime to assist with any emergency, and ready to work with the police, county council, other district councils, fire and rescue service, the Environment Agency and others.

“Two years ago, despite the awkward timing of a call received at lunchtime on Christmas Day over fears that the Timberland Delph was close to flooding after heavy rain, someone was straight out there to assess the situation; leading to a co-ordinated response by partners on Boxing Day when the situation was more critical.”