IQ works with Global Reach Security Training to devise emergency response qualification

Industry Qualifications (IQ) has been collaborating with Global Reach Security Training to create a bespoke qualification in working as an emergency response officer.

Indeed, following on from recent terror attacks and alerts across the globe, one million people who work in crowded areas in the UK are now to receive terror response training.

The initiative has been announced by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and will extend existing schemes. For its part, Project Griffin was initially set up to train managers and security officers to deal with security and counter-terrorism issues.

IQ has been working with Global Reach Security Training on developing a customised qualification in line with these current needs. The IQ Level 3 Award – ‘Introduction to Working as an Emergency Response Officer’ – is designed to develop learners’ knowledge and competence in acting as the first response in a variety of emergency situations such as facility failures, major domestic incidents, shootings and terrorist threats so that they will be able to function better in these scenarios and, importantly, assist others (including members of the Emergency Services).

It’s designed to enable the learner to respond to incidents, co-ordinate others and provide information to the relevant Emergency Services or authorities in order for them to more effectively resolve the incident or emergency. Areas duly covered by the Level 3 Award encompass empowerment of the individual, enhancing the capabilities of teams, developing an awareness of surroundings, responding to incidents and reassuring clients, managers and members of the public alike.

‘Introduction to Working as an Emergency Response Officer’ is aimed primarily at individuals working in the security business sector, most notably security personnel who already possess a valid Security Industry Authority licence and are Project Griffin awareness-trained, but who also intend to be up-skilled with those attributes suitable for the specific environment in which they work.

Rob Tolton, director at Global Reach Security Training, explained to Risk UK: “The Level 3 Award is also relevant to other customer-facing personnel who’ve attended the Project Griffin awareness course, such as reception staff, cleaners, maintenance and facility workers within organisations catering for large gatherings of members of the public or who are based at other places of mass population such as shopping centres, theatres, restaurants, arenas, train stations, office complexes, airports, ports and bar districts within busy town centres.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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