Emergency Services Chaplaincy
Revd Darren Roy is the Emergency Response Coordinator for Churches Together in Cumbria, and a chaplain to both Cumbria Constabulary and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.
As an Emergency Response Coordinator, Darren serves the emergency services, county council and churches, by preparing faith-based groups to respond in an emergency or significant disaster.
Darren is a member of Police Chaplaincy UK; the national charity providing chaplaincy to police officers, police staff and their families to assist, maintain and promote wellbeing.
The Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains' Association (FRSCA) aims to promote chaplaincy to those working in or associated with the UK fire & rescue services - for all, without exception.
Emergency Response Contacts Cumbria
In case of a major incident within Cumbria, such as flooding, serious fire or a large scale emergency, Cumbria County Council along with other agencies (including the Emergency Services) are committed to providing a coordinated response. The County Council work within the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 which integrates voluntary organisations and faith needs within the plan. Church groups can play a crucial part in the emergency response; for example, by providing spiritual care and chaplaincy, distributing refreshments, using church buildings as rest centres, and mobilising practical help for communities in a time of need.
Churches Together in Cumbria are represented on the planning committee and welcome nominations for people to act as Emergency Response Contacts in their district or community, as well as interest from churches who wish to be part of a prepared response. This network of contacts help to facilitate preparedness in their district and to be a point of contact in the rare cases of an incident.
For further information or to register interest in joining this emergency response network, please contact Revd Darren Roy, the Emergency Response Coordinator for Churches Together.