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Cougar Monitoring and BT Redcare to run joint Roadshow for fire and security installers in Midlands region

Led by Cougar Monitoring, the Roadshow will be hosted on Friday 6 October at one of BT’s key buildings in Birmingham city centre near to Birmingham New Street Station. In addition to presentations from representatives of Cougar and BT Redcare, there will also be representatives from the technical departments of both companies available for advice, guidance and training.

Eric Roberts, CEO of Cougar Monitoring, said: “BT Redcare has been in the alarm signalling market for over 30 years. The company is tried and tested and the majority of its products are third party certified. Having met with the new BT Redcare management team recently, it’s abundantly clear that they have a renewed focus and intention to work closer with both ourselves and installers. We’re delighted to join them to reinforce that message to our installers.”

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BT Redcare sits at the heart of home and business security, bridging the gap between customers, installers and Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs). Backed by BT’s trusted technology and the largest R&D budget in the UK, the business has been leading the way in reliable alarm signalling. Having recently undertaken a refresh of its brand and approach to the market, the company has now pledged to work closer with ARCs and installers to help grow their businesses.

Cougar Monitoring was established in 1996 and holds a number of nationally-recognised accreditations. The business is registered by the Security Industry Authority as an Approved Contractor for key holding, security guarding and Public Space (CCTV) Surveillance and has also received the National Security Inspectorate’s Gold standard EMS and Health and Safety accreditations.

Cougar Monitoring is part of the Prime Interaction Group that also includes Securenett and Kings Security, making it one of the largest independent security groups in the UK. The company invests heavily in cutting-edge technology to provide clients with an “innovative and inclusive” security service. Its high specification alarm receiving and monitoring set-up enables the company to keep response times enviably sharp and to provide reliable and professional assistance.

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Going forward, Securenett will be recommending BT Redcare alarm signalling products to its customers.

Commenting on the Cougar initiative, John Ware (general manager of BT Redcare) said: “I met personally with the senior leaders of Cougar Monitoring recently and it’s clear that they, like us, are looking to the future and wish to expand their operation. We’re perfectly placed to help them do this. The combination of our expertise in the market and Cougar’s reach to installers means attendees at the Roadshow will receive the best advice, value and support from both companies.”

*Details of the Roadshow will be issued soon. In the meantime, installers wishing to register an interest in attending can do so online at www.formwize.com/cougarroadshow

 

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BAFE issues updated fire extinguisher servicing competency scheme document

BAFE has released the documentation for the revision of its fire extinguisher maintenance/service scheme (SP101). This is now available via the BAFE website (www.bafe.org.uk/sp101-2017), with the revision coming into effect from 1 October 2017.

In April last year, after a lengthy consultation period, BAFE launched the review of its fire extinguisher maintenance (SP101/ST104) scheme with the creation of a scheme revision group chaired by Dave Russell. Over the last year, which has included a public consultation, changes have been made to update, enhance and strengthen the scheme.

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The revised SP101 scheme continues to provide the best assurances to the industry and its customers of what defines a quality provider of fire extinguisher services in today’s market and also updates and strengthens the role of the fire extinguisher technician.

A BAFE-registered fire extinguisher technician has always been the defining way of acknowledging that a competent person is working on a given premises. This has now been enhanced further by including additional technical competence to the revised sections of BS 5306: Fire Extinguishing Installations and Equipment on Premises as well as requirements for having training in asbestos awareness and Health and Safety procedures.

The technician competency portfolio used by the BAFE assessors has also been reviewed, ensuring that all technicians who gain the esteemed BAFE Diploma continue to be the best in the industry. Passing the BS 5306 examination is only the first step in demonstrating understanding of the relevant standards to work competently in the field.

The scheme now also offers a dual route option. When the revised scheme goes live in October, organisations can gain third party certification via an ISO 9001 or a Management System route.

Both routes use the same audit criteria for fire extinguisher competencies, however, offering peace of mind for those individuals specifying a certified, competent provider that a BAFE-registered company with proficient technicians is an assured quality decision.

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Evac+Chair International focuses on innovative stair descent solutions at Safety & Health Expo

Evac+Chair International will again be showcasing its emergency stair descent solutions at this year’s Safety & Health Expo, which takes place at ExCeL London from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 June.

As well as promoting its product range, Evac+Chair will also be holding live demonstrations of its evacuation chair solutions.

Safety & Health Expo brings together over 13,800 professionals. Gerard Wallace, managing director of Evac+Chair International, said: “Accessibility in the workplace is something that every organisation must consider . It brings specific implications for those responsible for Health and Safety practices within a building.”

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Wallace continued: “Everyone attending the Safety & Health Expo is there to raise Health and Safety standards, both individually and as an industry. The event’s a great platform for us to put ourselves in front of Health and Safety decision-makers. We read how their needs are changing, while also sharing our insights on evacuation planning.”

With a wide range of chairs to suit any need, each model is designed to help mobility-impaired people descend a staircase in any emergency without the operator needing to lift anything or have any great physical strength.

*Visit Stand S300. Alternatively, for further information visit: www.evacchair.co.uk

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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day in aid of Embrace set to run on 25 September

SSR Personnel – the largest recruitment consultancy dedicated to the security, fire, health and safety sectors and presently operating in 20 countries – has announced the date for its 2017 Charity Gold Day. The event – which this year runs in support of Embrace (www.embracecvoc.org.uk), the charity actively supporting child victims of crime – takes place on Monday 25 September at the Bentley Golf Club in Brentwood, Essex.

Bentley Golf Club was established in 1972 designed by the Swan Family. Purchased by the Members in 2004, it’s now ranked as one of the premier golf clubs in the county. Bentley continues to host a number of county-focused golfing events (including the Essex County Championship) and is also a regular venue for the Essex Captains.

The course has attained a silver ranking in the HSBC regional course rankings and is laid out over an undulating terrain that has a wealth of mature, mixed species trees with many water features. The course itself extends to 6,703 yards (Par 72). Hole 16 is the ‘signature hole’ and is a Par 4 with an acute dog-leg to the right.

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The price for those who wish to take part will be £75 per individual player, with a concession for four-balls booked at £260.

Following the golf there will be a three-course meal, prize-giving and an auction that will take place from 3.30 pm. Meal only tickets will be available. SSR Personnel welcomes auction or raffle prizes to ensure that as much money as possible is raised for Embrace and the child victims of crime.

Embrace is a charity that helps to take away the hurt, relieve poverty, sickness, trauma and distress arising among children, resident in the UK, who have suffered as a result of any criminal offence and promotes children’s education, health and welfare; encourages their social inclusion and community involvement and actively seeks to develop their personal safety.

*For further details on the 2017 SSR Personnel Charity Gold Day and to request a booking form please contact Carole Henley, SSR Personnel, Suite 7, James Yard, Larkshall Road, London E4 9UA (e-mail: chenley@ssr-personnel.com, telephone 020 8626 3100)

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Axis Security selected to provide range of services for Lambert Smith Hampton

Axis Security, a leading deliverer of bespoke security services, has won a contract with commercial property consultant Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to provide a range of security services for eight of its properties in the North East of England.

The contract incorporates security guarding, concierge services, mobile patrols and key holding – including night and weekend cover.

Marcus Cain, regional facilities manager for the North at LSH, informed Risk UK that the company previously used a number of different security providers, with the new contract forming part of a rationalisation process.

“Axis Security boasts a strong presence in the North East region,” observed Cain. “The company’s clients include the UK’s leading property management consultancies, which gives us confidence that the business can deliver the range of services we require across our own diverse portfolio of properties.”

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Lambert Smith Hampton’s Grey Street offices

Cain added that Axis’ reputation as a good employer is also important. “We have peace of mind that Axis Security looks after its employees and that all officers are licensed with the Security Industry Authority.”

Many LSH properties are multi-tenanted and require flexible, responsive value-add services (for example, providing meter readings of vacant properties). Axis Security completes this particular task using Fast Field technology, giving LSH instant and reliable information to check against utility bills.

“On one occasion,” outlined Cain, “we briefed Axis in the morning regarding a new instruction in the North East region. The mobile patrol service was fully-mobilised that same day, including a meter readings collection for the Estate.”

Other technology employed in the contract includes TrackTik, which provides officer location tracking and enables officers to capture live footage of incidents. Cain believes this is a must-have compliance solution. “Lone worker welfare is an important Health and Safety issue, but the technology also means we can prove to relevant stakeholders that patrols have actually been completed.”

In conclusion, Cain stated: “Overall, Axis is a good fit for our business. They are genuinely responsive and understand that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.”

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Abloy wins Gaia Award for Sustainable Building Products

Security expert Abloy has received the Gaia Award for Sustainable Building Products at Big 5 in Dubai, winning the accolade for its range of low energy locks.

The Big 5 in Dubai is the largest construction event in the Middle East, connecting thousands of global suppliers and buyers of construction products. For their part, the Gaia Awards honour construction equipment and products that have truly integrated the concept of moving towards a more sustainable built environment.

Abloy’s low energy locks were showcased at the ASSA Abloy stand. Visitors voting at the exhibition chose them for the Gaia Award 2016 for Sustainable Building Products.

The locks blend high security with eco-friendliness. They boast an ultra-low current consumption due to energy only being used when the lock status is changed. In addition to the energy and cost reductions involved, the locks have a very wide voltage range and a number of usage possibilities.

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Minna Sallinen, vice-president of product management at Abloy Oy, explained: “For Abloy, sustainability is a state of mind. It concerns all our processes – product development, choice of materials, the Health and Safety of our employees and customers, distribution and service.”

Aaron Yule, managing director of Abloy UK, added: “It’s fantastic to see Abloy products gaining international acclaim, and in an arena where sustainability is paramount. By selecting our low energy locks, specifiers can ensure they’re choosing a system that not only allows for swift and easy access and egress alongside an enhanced security provision, but also reduces the energy consumption and carbon footprint of a building.”

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Keeping Up With Compliance: White Paper on Escape Doors published by Abloy UK

Abloy UK has created a White Paper that explains the importance of complying with standards and regulations for Escape Doors and recommends solutions to ensure compliance.

All stages of developing any building need to conform to the required standards. From the architect to the installer, all parties involved need to take responsibility for ensuring the correct compliant elements are in place.

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There’s an average of 162 building fires in Great Britain every day, with more than 9,100 fatalities or casualties from those fires, which works out at around 25 per day. Fitting the correct system can literally mean 
the difference between life and death for the occupants of a building.

In this White Paper, Abloy UK explores why it’s vital that each party – whether an architect, specifier, facilities manager or installer – takes responsibility for ensuring the correct compliant standards are met to guarantee safe egress for the occupants of the building in the event of an emergency.

*To view the White Paper visit http://www.abloy.co.uk/en/abloy/abloy-co-uk/white-paper/escape-standards-compliance-white-paper/

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