Since 1 January 2007 the LFR has been an active branch of the Department of Home Affairs and Foreign Relations.
As part of the Cabinet decision following the Enschede fire incident, the establishment was announced of one rural supply chain to address such emergencies.
The branch mission states:
"The branch is one rural facility in behalf of the combined partners within which is provided the multidisciplinary subsidy under which help can be provided to assist with operation logistics".
This mission offers the branch room out of which to grow on behalf of a wide clientele. It is the intention in future not solely to be active on behalf of the department of BZK to assist in procurement work (for emergency materials and assistance teams) but also other partners within the emergency services (fire brigade, police, ambulance services) under a common approach from the branch.
Purpose and tasks
The LFR has the following set of objectives / targets:
- Translating the policies of equipment needed for disaster response, medical equipment, logistics, facilities for the warning of the population and requirements of occupational safety, where it is assigned to the LFR ;
- The acquisition, management, registration and distribution of equipment and materials for large scale disaster occurring on or otherwise for physical security;
- The establishment, maintenance and facilitation of top national or regional assistance teams; and
- The design of shared services for operational services.