UK security sector provides equipment in support of international response to Ebola virus

Posted On 18 Sep 2014
Comment: Off

The UK’s world-leading security sector is working with the Government to identify how it might increase support to help contain and control Ebola as the spread of the virus intensifies. Many of the UK’s 11,500 companies operating in the security sector harbour valuable skills, experience and equipment that are aiding the international response and protecting the many thousands of people working to tackle the spread of the Ebola virus. Paul Everitt, CEO of security sector trade organisation the ADS Group, commented:” The UK security industry prides itself on innovation and manufacturing some of the best protection and containment equipment in the world. As such, it’s well placed to support the treatment of those who have contracted the Ebola virus, safeguard those treating patients and limit the continued spread of infection.” Everitt continued:” We’ve already seen some UK companies provide decontamination and scanning equipment, as well as others working to manage Ebola infection from a logistical perspective by way of comprehensive contingency planning and risk assessment procedures. Many other companies are poised to step forward and participate in the international response, offering world class equipment in the form of containment units, infection detection systems, communications infrastructure and much more.” Case Studies of support Examples of where the UK’s security industry has provided support to date are numerous. For instance, Andover-based Bioquell UK, a world-leader in decontamination and infection control solutions, has provided decontamination equipment to a variety of premises that may have come into contact with the Ebola virus. Notably, the company was engaged to lead decontamination of the unit in the Royal Free Hospital once William Pooley, the British nurse working in West Africa, was discharged. Headquartered in Oxfordshire, Westminster Group plc is working with management at the Freetown International Airport in Sierra Leone to deliver all security aspects. In response to the Ebola virus, the company is assisting with the implementation of new medical screening systems to identify passengers who are potentially infected, including the supply of specialist fever screening equipment. Global Resilience Services in Cheshire is supplying a number of West African countries with specialist decontamination and containment products. The supply of bespoke isolation stretchers with filtration systems has proven to be a critical solution for the safe movement of infected casualties and the protection of medical personnel when they’re taking fluid samples. *Of the 11,500 companies in the UK’s security sector, 20% are active exporters. Indeed, the UK is the sixth largest exporter of security equipment in the world. The current Government hopes to double the value of these exports by 2020.

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.