Emergency Response Network

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About ERN

The West Midlands Emergency Response Network (ERN) has supplied equipment to 7 host sites around the region for use by all museums in the West Midlands Region.  The equipment is held by the following organisations;

  • Birmingham Museum Trust
  • Culture Coventry
  • Herefordshire Museum Service
  • Shropshire Museum Service
  • Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service
  • Heritage and Culture Warwickshire
  • Museums Worcestershire

In brief the equipment held at each site consists of the following:

  • Wet and dry vacuum cleaner
  • Submersible pump with 30 metres of hosing
    2x RCD units
  • Crate of Emergency Equipment

What is the equipment for?
The equipment is designed to help with first response to a small-scale emergency in the museum.  The items can be loaned from the host organisation to help with immediate salvage and clear up.  Due to restrictions in staff capacity the equipment is not available on a 24/7 basis. However, wherever possible sites can be contacted during office hours and arrangements made for the loan of the equipment to be made as quickly as possible.

Who can use the equipment?
All museums in the West Midlands, whether or not they are Accredited, are eligible to borrow the equipment.  Please read the procedure for borrowing the equipment below.

Further information about disaster planning and emergency response
A selection of useful resources is located on the Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries website and further information on planning for and managing an emergency is available on the Collections Trust website


Useful links

Full details on how to borrow ERN equipment can be found here

Contacts for each set of equipment can be found here

Full details of the equipment can be found here

Loan Agreement can be found here

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