Securitas UK introduces on-site fire safety training services for end user customer base

Securitas UK has formally launched a flexible training programme designed to help organisations of any size protect themselves from the risk of fire. Already taken up by a number of the company’s customers, courses are tailored to the end user and delivered by experienced, professional trainers on the customer’s premises.

Over the last three years, some 16,000 fires per annum* have been attended by Fire and Rescue Services in commercial and public buildings in England alone. That’s to say nothing of the incidents in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The potential consequences of a fire range from business interruption and loss of assets/records through to business closure and, tragically, loss of life.

The Securitas Fire and Emergency Services team helps organisations to safeguard their employees, visitors, premises, assets and revenue from the possibility of fire and fully comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which demands that competent and appropriate safety training is provided.

The Securitas UK courses cover the following general topics: fire warden provision and training, fire extinguisher audit and inspection, fire equipment maintenance, fire risk assessments and ‘first on scene’ First Aid training.

Subject matter is tailored, with specific risks determined by the nature of the premises and activities being carried out (which should have been identified in the organisation’s fire risk assessment).

Following input from professional instructors on the theory behind fire safety and the roles of the fire team members, a safe and controlled practical session is organised using the latest ‘Live’ simulators. These are brought to the customer’s site to provide a ‘hands on’ realistic experience of using fire extinguishers. Ultimately, this affords attendees the confidence to manage an emergency situation if one was to occur.

Securitas UK has already provided tailored fire training for staff at the University of Hertfordshire, with whom it has a unique ten-year security partnership integrating mobile and remote protective services with the latest technology, including a First Response vehicle used to mitigate risk, assistance with incident intervention and acting as a Command and Control point for incidents including fires.

Enquiries concerning Securitas UK’s Fire and Emergency Services solutions should be sent via e-mail to the following address: EmergencyServices@securitas.uk.com

*Source: Home Office Incident Recording System

About the Author
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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