The West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum is a statutory multi agency partnership organisation. It was set up to ensure the local authorities, emergency services and the environment agency (known as category 1 responders) in partnership with other organisations such as gas and water companies (category 2 responders) fulfil their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This Act is important because it establishes a consistent level of civil protection planning and preparation activity between these organisations across the UK.
The West Midlands Conurbation is made up of seven metropolitan councils (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton) with a total population of over 2.4 million people, nearly half of these living in Birmingham, according to the 2011 census. It borders three counties: Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
The West Midlands Conurbation is associated with a high density urban nature, with key rail routes, and New Street Station in Birmingham City Centre, which is the busiest mainline station in the country in terms of passenger throughput and services provided. It also has a number of major roads and a complex motorway network, including stretches described as being some of the busiest motorway sections in the UK.
The West Midlands contains several highly industrialised areas, most notably Sandwell. The Conurbation hosts many conference, sporting and entertainment venues including the National Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, National Exhibition Centre, and several football stadia.
The aim of the West Midlands Conurbation (WMC) LRF is: