Fire Watch Services Increase Nationwide

If you are wondering whether or not your business might need Fire Watch or Fire Protection Services, the first order of business is to properly define exactly what those services entail…

What Exactly is a Fire Watch?

In short, a Fire Watch is a provisional arrangement in which a person or person physically checks buildings and/or other property for extreme fire hazard situations. Fire Watches are normally conducted when the probabilities of a fire-related incident are high. For example, anytime that ‘hot work’ construction processes are taking place on-site (common ‘hot work’ processes are welding, soldering, flame-cutting, riveting and brazing). Another typical ‘high-probability’ example would be in the case of malfunctioning alarm and/or sprinkler systems.

What do Fire Watch Teams Do?

The duties of Fire Watch personnel may vary between jobs and location sites, but there are basic tasks that come with each position. In the course of their duties, Fire Watch personnel, (who are familiarized with the layout), will check all exits and fire extinguishers. They will have on their person, the materials necessary to execute a fast evacuation and to notify any other occupants in the event of a fire. In most cases, Fire Watch personnel would also carry a portable horn, a flashlight, a full all-access set of keys to the premises, writing materials and a copy of their specific duties.

When are Fire Watches Conducted?

Whether in 15-minute increments or on the hour, Fire Watch rounds are conducted on a regular basis and a log is kept recording each round. Accepted entries include the address of the facility, start and end times for the round, names of the Fire Watch personnel and entries for any communication that occurred between Fire Watch personnel and either the fire department or the Department of Public Safety. Fire Watch personnel should also wear (at all times) a clearly visible form of identification (such as a vest or hat). In many cases, Fire Watch personnel may work in concert with municipal or volunteer fire departments.

What Fire Watch Teams Don’t Do

The marching orders for a given Fire Watch team may vary from site to site (and from state to state) but most Fire Watch personnel are given clear instruction not to extinguish a fire unless it is clearly safe for them to do so, (or unless they have been expressly instructed or given permission to do so). In general, Fire Watch personnel should not attempt any tasks that could not be completed safely by the average citizen.

So Does My Business Need Fire Watch Service or Not?

Now that you know what Fire Watch Services California are, (whether you are a commercial real estate owner, a property manager or any other type of potential customer), if you’re still asking yourself whether or not you need Fire Watch Services, chances are you probably do.
As we have said, Fire Watch Security Guards are typically needed when a building either has a fire alarm that is down or a sprinkler system that is malfunctioning. We talked a little about ‘hot work’ as well, but other reasons might include a burglar alarm or an access control system that is malfunctioning, or in response to power outages related to a natural disaster. If you are still unsure whether or not you actually need Fire Watch Services, you can contact your local fire marshal. Give them a brief description of your scenario and ask if you should schedule a Fire Watch.

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Home Security Systems For High Value Properties With Complex Security Needs – All Security Events

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There’s more to CCTV than just a security camera. 2020 Vision design and install security cameras and CCTV systems to suit the needs of every customer.

From a simple home security camera to more complex solutions with many cameras combined to protect your property. We use our unparalleled expertise to provide the peace of mind you require.

2020 Vision home security systems use the latest technology, such as high definition and motion activated recording. Our security cameras and CCTV systems offer industry-leading protection.

Benefits of CCTV

For many people, intruder alarms offer the right level of protection they need. But for others, it’s CCTV that gives the security they’re looking for. Having a CCTV security system fitted to your property is like having a person watching over you every minute of the day.

CCTV installation is quick and simple, and the mere sight of a security camera acts as a visual deterrent that’s proven to make intruders, burglars and vandals think twice about approaching your property.

Home security cameras mean that threats to your home or your loved ones are always in view. From being able to see who’s at your front door to spotting possible intruders in alleys or bushes. A home surveillance camera offers a complete view of your property.

Enhancing home security

CCTV is a great way of enhancing your home security. Not only does it allow you to keep a watchful eye on your home and loved ones, but it acts as a visual deterrent to potential intruders thinking of entering your property.

With a professionally installed CCTV system from 2020 Vision – you’re able to see who is at your front door or gate, and control who you let in.

By strategically positioning your CCTV cameras you can even see people hiding in alleys or gardens, and take action or call for assistance before a break in occurs.

Home security systems

  • Easy access menus make the system simple to use
  • It’s expandable to accommodate unlimited high resolution cameras
  • The cameras automatically switch from day to night mode
  • You can record up to 30 days of constant footage
  • Motion activated recording extends storage capacity even further

For more advice about using CCTV to protect your home, please visit the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Guidance on Domestic CCTV


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On – 19 Oct, 2017 By!/


‘Soft targets’ such as Walmart should think about hiring armed guards, security expert says

THORNTON, Colo. — Walmart is American as apple pie.

On Wednesday night, another American staple became the center of gun violence when police say a man walked into a Thornton store and randomly killed three people near a cash register.

Soft targets such as a Walmart have been under threat of random attacks for years. They have few exits and usually hundreds of people are inside.

“Walmarts have greeters but no armed guards,” said Grant Whitus, a security expert who was on a SWAT team that responded the day of the Columbine shooting.

“Any location where you have people close together is considered a soft target.”

“My belief is these places, these locations where you are going to have a lot of patrons should hire an armed guard to protect them.”

If there is a random shooting, Whitus advised running first and if necessary, fighting back.

But for this shooting, Chris Short  said he had no time to run.

“I couldn’t run, I couldn’t run fast enough,” Short said.

While he hid under a nearby cash register and was scared, he said he was not surprised.

“The way things are going any more just seems like it’s being an everyday thing,” Short said.

On – 02 Nov, 2017 By Joe St. George


Understanding security at boxing events – Boxing News


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This feature was originally published in Boxing News magazine

WHEN attending a big event or watching it on TV, I always feel a slight sense of unease as my mind cannot come to terms with the fact that thousands of people are going to gather together, drink alcohol, in some cases, and will have to be kept in check by a smaller number of people.

Ring or pitch invasions, however benevolent, hammer home the point that spectators could erupt en masse, piling past the police and the other people charged with keeping the peace. It is an uneasy equilibrium.

In the modern world, we also have to contend with the lingering threat of terror. Not just from bomb-makers, either, as modern day terrorists can and have used cars, knives and other items to spread fear and do damage. It renders difficult security issues almost impossible, to the point where you just have to do what you can on your watch and hope that the measures put in place are enough.

Former British heavyweight contender Clifton Mitchell has been doing just that since launching his company Security Alert UK in 2002. The Managing Director, Mitchell and his team are a familiar, reassuring sight for boxing fans, but they faced their stiffest emotional and logistical test yet when working Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title defence against America’s Errol Spence Jnr at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane football ground on May 27.

It was boxing’s first major event following the previous Monday’s bombing at the Manchester Arena, a popular boxing venue and one that is familiar to Mitchell’s team, which added an extra air of poignancy to a defining week, one that he feels they passed with flying colours.

“It was a week of paperwork, and a lot of people were involved, so I’m proud we have the quality of staff and the qualifications to do that,” he said when speaking to Boxing News about a testing time. “If we didn’t come up to scratch with our risk assessments the show wouldn’t have gone on.”

With that said, he handed it over to the people who work for him and with him to give the story behind the story that was Brook-Spence Jnr: “It was terrible as we have close links with Manchester Arena, we’ve done about 50 events there so know the staff and the management,” said Simon Roberts, Security Alert’s Operations Manager. “I was getting text messages throughout the night [of the bombing]. I didn’t sleep, none of us did, because we’ve got friends at that Arena. You feel terrible for people. Your first thoughts are with the families. Imagine sending your wife or daughter off to see a concert and getting a phone call telling you they are not coming back. You can’t imagine that pain.”

With Sheffield looming, Roberts knew what they had to do next. “It is all about stepping up, you’ve got a job to do,” he added. “You have to work hard, be professional and when you have a disgusting incident like we saw in Manchester you become more mindful about what’s around you: the people, the surroundings, the building, everything.”

Neal Harding is their Boxing Security Manager. He outlined the logistical challenges they faced throughout that crucial week. “We drove from London to Sheffield on Tuesday morning,” he recalled. “From Tuesday through to Friday we were in five- and six-hour meetings with the South Yorkshire Police,
so it was pretty intense.

“[They were] very helpful, very open. They took on board what we had to say, as we are experts about boxing shows security-wise and they weren’t. They said: ‘Look, you know what you are doing’. We’d planned for the event, but we hadn’t planned for such a big operation – that Monday night changed it all for us.

“We sat down with the top counter terrorism officer for the north of the country, who told us that this event was now their number one priority. That brought it all into focus for everyone, made them realise how important it is. We had really good communication between us, the stadium and the police, so the relationships we built up in the weeks before it really did help.”

Another man who knew the importance of the event was Frank Smith. Matchroom’s Head of Boxing takes the issue of security extremely seriously and adopts a hands-on approach, walking around the outside of the stadium with Roberts and Harding on fight night as they did their final checks.

“Every show we do has a higher security presence than most events you would go to,” stated Smith. “I control it with the assistance of Simon and Neal from SAUK, so I’ll lead the meetings at our end and speak with specialists in that area, such as experts in crowd safety. We like to have that high police presence as it gives people assurance when they arrive at an event.

“A lot of the time, it is down to the venues to handle the liaison with the police, as they do that week in and week out, but Bramall Lane had never had a boxing event in recent times. They knew it was our speciality and that we understand the audience.

“It was all about the number of police needed to run the event safely. It wasn’t that we didn’t want the event to not go ahead, we just wanted it to happen safely. Postponement-wise, we always worked on the assumption that this event was going to happen. There were some worrying times due to the climate in the country – the threat level went up to critical – so that came into our planning. You just don’t know what is going to happen in this day and age so we treat it the same whether we have a thousand or 90,000 people.”

With time ticking by, there were initial concerns that the show might have had to be cancelled. Fans in attendance on the night did not know just how uncertain things had been earlier in the week.

“Sheffield was 50-50 at one point, we ended up going from 75-80 staff to 150 in the space of days because we wanted to make the stadium really secure by having more people,” revealed Roberts.

The British Boxing Board of Control’s Robert Smith was also involved. He worked closely with all parties to make sure that he could sign off from the Board’s side of things. “In Sheffield, I went to three meetings along with Frank because of the terrible incidents of the previous weekend,” he said. “Every time a new venue is used, we do an assessment of it along with the promoter to make sure we satisfied with regards to things such as security. The police are in charge on an event like that, you have discussions, but they will tell you what will happen. Happily, everyone agreed on what was put forward. There was a number of armed officers and sniffer dogs, which was unusual.

“The issue that weekend was that there was a lot of activity around the country – we had the FA Cup final and other events – and the police resources were heavily used. You would usually pull in people from different areas, they were all busy, so it was a challenging weekend.”

Following the SAG (Safety Advisory Group) meeting on the Friday, where all the parties detail their plans, it was left to Smith, on behalf of Matchroom and the football club’s safety officer, to confirm that they were happy to proceed with the event. Promoter Eddie Hearn also played a part via Twitter by asking fans in attendance to leave their bags at home in a bid to expedite security checks, a ploy that worked out well for all involved.

Boxing crowds are generally well behaved, but there’s always the people swaggering around venues reeking of testosterone and forgetting that the fighting should be confined to the ring. Plus fight nights are not as straightforward as football matches when it comes to crowd control.

“The difference between football and boxing, and which we discussed in the meeting, is that in football you have two sets of supporters – a large home contingent of home supporters and a smaller contingent of away – but in boxing you have supporters supporting different boxers, so that issue was raised,” revealed Robert Smith.

Clifton’s team usually deals with inner-ringside, the fighters and VIPs, yet they were given special dispensation to help out in the stands for Sheffield. It allowed them to quickly stamp out the night’s only sign of trouble.

“When it comes to boxing, two men trying to hurt each other, you have lads who may have had a drink and have local rivalries so you can get it [trouble] in the stands,” added Roberts.

“At Sheffield, we had one incident with about 40 guys, so we sent some of our lads in and didn’t have any more trouble that night. It made a statement to everyone else. In the end, Sheffield was one of the safest, most trouble-free events we’ve ever had.”

However, Roberts added that it had been a physically and emotionally draining week, one that had underlined once again the importance, and danger, of what he does for a living. “It was a poignant moment [leaving for the show], I gave Jordan [his wife] an extra kiss in the morning, you give your dogs a bit of fuss and talk to people a bit more than you usually would.

“It does flash through your mind sometimes that you may not be coming home to them, but if you fold to that pressure you let these people win. People didn’t see it, but it was 2am most nights before Frank, Neal and my lot finished work. It wasn’t a case of doing the weigh-in then having a knees-up, we were still doing paperwork in the early hours of Wednesday to get the event on before we got the nod on the Thursday afternoon.


“For Neal, myself and a few of the lads it got to 1.30am on the Sunday morning, and we’re still there waiting for Spence Jr. and his team to come out. They’re feeling good, as you would do after a big win, and when that was done you feel the relief come up: your shoulders drop, the job is done and you have a few fist bumps.”

We live in turbulent times, and with boxing’s profile higher now than it has been in recent years, there is always a risk that an event could be targeted. “The way things are at the present time in the country and the world we are going to have to live with it,” was Robert Smith’s final take on the issue.

His namesake, Frank, concurred, saying: “Unfortunately, in the day and age we are in, there is no method to the madness behind these tragic events – we saw that in London as well – so you can only put things in place to put it off as much as possible. That’s what we will continue to do.

“The measures have to always be in place so we can have a safe event for the people who come to the shows.”

On – 18 Oct, 2017 By


Largest Las Vegas Event Since Mass Shooting Increases Security, Adjusts Location | Your EDM

Largest Las Vegas Event Since Mass Shooting Increases Security, Adjusts Location

The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting at Route 91 Harvest music festival has resulted in heightened security across the city, but the show must go on…


The 9th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, a festival-meets-footrace, is the first major event scheduled on the Las Vegas Strip since last month’s tragic happenings. Changes in scheduling and new security procedures are being put in place to make the experience a safer one for its attendees.

For starters, the race is now set to begin one mile away from the originally planned starting point outside of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the hotel in which the gunman shot from the 32nd floor to kill 58 people and injure another 500+ more. The Goo Goo Dolls were also scheduled to play on the same grounds as the Route 91 Harvest music festival, but current plans have switched the Saturday night performance to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds five miles north of the strip.

President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, Josh Furlow, spoke on the changes:

“In such close proximity to a tragic event, we didn’t want to be hosting a kickoff celebration. But the drumbeat going through town is ‘Vegas Strong,’ so the first checkmark was: ‘Yes, we’re going to be doing the event and hosting athletes from all over the world.’”

Rock ‘n’ Roll is planning on more than just route changes. According to Las Vegas Police Capt. Andy Walsh, 350 police officers and 180 police vehicles will patrol the event. There will also be surveillance cameras, police sniper nests, and a helicopter overhead at all times.

“This year we’re on that list of cities that have proven to be vulnerable to somebody who’s determined to do something,” Walsh said. “We use that in planning and strategy for this event, and it will be part of all future events.”


Source: UPI News | Photo via Rock ‘n’ Roll

On – 07 Nov, 2017 By Karlie Powell


Q&A: What You Need to Know About Event Security

NEW YORK Horrific events like Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas—which left nearly 60 attendees at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival dead and hundreds of others injured—are the stuff of an event professional’s nightmares. While such incidents have become more frequent, the safety and security of event attendees sometimes is taken for granted.

Security expert Todd Madison has suggestions for changing that. The former Secret Service agent knows about guarding against danger; he served as special agent in charge of protecting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her presidential run last year.

Now associate managing director of the private client services practice at K2 Intelligence, a security firm where former N.Y.P.D. Commissioner Ray Kelly is vice chairman, Madison spoke with BizBash about how planners can keep their events incident-free yet comfortable for guests.

Is what happened in Las Vegas an event security issue, or is it beyond that?
There always are risks in our everyday lives, but people shouldn’t take this as a reason not to do anything. They just have to prepare to communicate with each other.

Do planners have to include these worst-case scenarios when planning an event? Is that the new normal?
That should be continual in managing events. You always need an emergency action plan, not just in cases like this, but look at medical situations, or environmental issues like if someone smells gas or there’s a fire. As an event organizer you want to be able to tell people what to do and where to go. You can control the situation, but if you expect to just wave a wand and for things to be fine, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

What would you tell event organizers to look for—and to ask of—their venues, both for indoor and outdoor events?
Open the lines of communication prior to an event and engage with the event management team at the facility. Speak with the in-house staff about emergency plans and preparedness, which can be communicated back to the event planner’s people.

Ask questions about how to manage people entering the event. Also, create a check-in table for invited guests and have it away from the main entrance; distance is your friend. If you allow unknowns to get close to the event, you’re putting guests in a vulnerable situation. You want to be aware of other access points and be sure the venue can provide security. If not, seek out a security consulting company that’s well versed in issues that might arise, security protocols, concerns in the area, etc. They can detect nefarious activity, which gives you a road to success.

What are some fixes to problems that may arise which event planners can make before an event starts?
You need staff to walk up and down the line to get in, talking to people and making sure everyone is orderly. Then, that person needs a way to communicate, like a walkie-talkie, and if someone’s acting odd, the staff member or volunteer needs to know procedures for what to do next.

Also, connect with local and federal law enforcement officials so that they know about your event and if there is something to watch out for, like a controversial speaker or attendee, they are prepared. And if the police or others have information about a hate crime happening in the area, then they can plan for providing security to your event in a certain way.

But what’s the balance between having visible security, like guards or metal detectors, and scaring guests or placing an undue burden on them?
Think of a dart board, starting with the outside: the training during the countdown to a meeting, when things are being delivered and everyone is involved, that’s the first part of the process and it’s a relaxed time to monitor what’s going on. Then while on site, there needs to be vigilance, but you don’t have to tackle someone if something is wrong. It’s a matter of seeing something and saying something to the command center, or the inner ring.

What would you advise event planners tell potential event attendees regarding event security concerns?
Provide them with information and look for ways to make them comfortable. If you want to put security in place, make sure guests are fine with it. Put in layers of security that aren’t so noticeable and try to make the monitoring of activity as seamless as possible. You want to prepare guests so there are no surprises, but there’s no reason to scare them. Event and venue staff and law enforcement officers are the ones who’ll look out for the actual plan, where the exits are, etc. You want to take that concern away and have guests enjoy the event.

On – 04 Oct, 2017 By NEW YORK


The Next Threat in Event Security: Guarding Against the ‘Lone Wolf’

Recent terror attacks are stark reminders that the event and tourism industry needs to tighten security considerably when it comes to public access.

Since the awful events witnessed in Manchester and London, the U.K. has seen an increase in armed police on guard across the country, with hotpots being airports, train, bus and tube stations, as well as events and venues both large and small. And while this rise in police presence might go some way to deter individuals from carrying out random attacks, the reality is that it will do nothing to prevent the fatal and lasting damage that these attacks can have.

The same can be said for security at events; since the increase in terror attacks, there have been limited entry points, more stringent bag and personal security checks, and, in some venues, the size of bags that can enter arenas has been restricted.

For example, at the SSE Hydro and Armadillo venues in Scotland, only bags up to 35-by-40-cm will be permitted, and larger bags will be searched again before being checked into a cloakroom. Other security strategies across the globe include introducing metal detectors at entry points and search dogs to monitor queues. Of course, being extra-vigilant plays a critical role in keeping attendees safe, it’s crucial that security and event staff are educated to be able to spot the signs that indicate suspicious behavior.

While British intelligence is regarded as some of the best in the world, the issue that venues and event organizers are now facing is the “lone wolf” attack, which we have seen increasingly. Although intelligence agents are closely monitoring terrorist networks, these individuals are often not integrated into them. And since many messaging apps have now introduced end-to-end encryption, these kinds of attacks are becoming harder to anticipate. This means the sad fact is event organizers must plan for every eventuality.

Another problem that we are facing from a security aspect, is the way that attacks are changing and, simply put, previous security methods and products are not adequate. Event security has a legacy of preventing individuals and weapons from entering the space. But now, perpetrators are either not attempting to enter the space (they are waiting for people to exit) or they are targeting those who simply happen to be around the space.

We should now be focusing our efforts on protecting the perimeter at events and venues from hostile attacks. We are currently facing a growing trend in vehicles being used to inflict maximum harm, with seven incidents occurring in Europe alone in the last twelve months. Terror groups are actively encouraging supporters to use cars as weapons and even provide instructions on how to cause the most amount of damage.

After the London Bridge attack in June, London metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick declared that vehicle barriers were to be installed across London. However, so far, this has been in the form of concrete blocks that, when tested, were found to do little to prevent attacks of certain speeds and vehicles, proving that they are not successful method to protect lives in such instances.

Luckily, perimeter security is an area that is seeing a huge amount of growth and development. Although my company has an extensive history in military protection, we needed to create a product that was suitable for protecting the public from the new wave of attacks in urban environments. Our Terrablock event security barriers can withstand impact from a vehicle travelling at 50 mph by using a patented energy-displacement technology, protecting attendees from both hostile attacks and intruders.

Unfortunately, new attacks are presenting themselves every day, as we move forward in this new era, event organizers and venues must strive to be proactive in minimizing damage, rather than reactionary when it comes to the new wave of hostile attacks the world is experiencing. We have reached our limit when it comes to the old British adage of “keep calm and carry on.”

Now is the time to embrace the innovative security solutions that are being produced–you cannot put a price on public safety.

Adam Wilding-Webb is the high-security product director at Hesco. He is based in Leeds, England.

On – 12 Sep, 2017 By