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The Emergency Planning Society has signed a new Partnership Agreement with Sellafield Ltd.

Sellafield employs around 24,000 Pass Holders, full time and contract personnel at its sites in Cumbria and Risley, responsible for the safely delivered decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The EPS will provide one year’s discounted membership of 30 per cent for new applicants, and reduced rates for students undertaking study in resilience related subjects.

In return, Sellafield Ltd will send two employees who are EPS members to attend the EPS annual conference, and then give a full report back to their colleagues.

The EPS Membership & Development Director, Matt Roy, who brokered the deal, said “this was just the start of an ongoing relationship to support the continued professionalisation of the emergency management community based around Sellafield Ltd.” He said: “The aim is to develop partnership working on the endorsement of courses, support for events, access to resources and – for those who become EPS members – the benefits of the EPS’s Continued Professional Development scheme.”

To consolidate the new agreement, EPS chair Tony Thompson will visit the Sellafield Ltd site to talk to prospective members to share the vision and benefits of EPS membership and provide an update on the Emergency Management Level 4 Diploma. In return Security and Resilience Directorate will share the progress of the Emergency Management Improvement Programme (EMIP) at Sellafield Ltd, which is being supported by SERCO, Berwicks Consultancy and the Emergency Planning College (EPC).

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