Council’s role in emergency management
Council works in collaboration with emergency service organisations to ensure the safety of the community. Council is required to appoint a Local Emergency Management Officer (LEMO), who in the event of an emergency in the Sutherland Shire Local Government Area will act as the coordinator and will liaise with other emergency services such as NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW State Emergency Service. Council’s LEMO also acts as the chair of the Local Emergency Management Committee. Council provides executive support to the committee which facilitates an effective communication network with all emergency response agencies and ensures that resources will be available to respond to emergencies if the need arises.