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Pilgrims Group supports the fight against Ebola at home and abroad

The Pilgrims Group is appearing on ITV’s Tonight programme at 7.30 pm this evening. The topic of discussion? ‘Is the UK prepared for the arrival of Ebola?’

The international security and risk specialist is helping organisations protect themselves from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The company’s teams are also supporting efforts to prevent the spread of the disease to the UK.

In West Africa, Pilgrims Group is working with commercial businesses, media organisations and NGOs by offering practical solutions around training, risk assessment, contingency planning and decontamination equipment for those teams operating in affected areas.

Here in the UK, the company is offering its expertise to airport managers and the Government’s border agencies in relation to the provision of staff training, equipment and other means of practical support.

“Prevention and protection are better than cure,” stated James Milnes, a leading specialist on the Ebola virus. “In the case of Ebola, where there is no cure, it stands to reason that prevention and protection are the only available options.”

Filming takes place for the Tonight programme on ITV

Filming takes place for the Tonight programme on ITV

Preparing for Ebola in the UK

In this evening’s broadcast, ITV’s science correspondent Alok Jha will be looking at how the UK is preparing for Ebola and asks if we are really ready.

Pilgrims Group has supported the programme by offering specialist advice and comment on the preparation processes for dealing with Ebola contamination, in addition to providing a practical run-through and demonstration of Personal Protective Equipment.

“The devastating human cost of the Ebola crisis and its potential for destabilising the international community has been recognised as a global threat by the World Health Organisation, the United States Government and many international organisations,” explained Pilgrims Group’s managing director Bill Freear. “We welcome the chance to play our part in effectively preventing the spread of this dreadful disease and eventually controlling it.”

*Access the ITV website for an in-depth preview of tonight’s programme complete with video interviews featuring James Milnes, leading epidemiologist David Heymann and infectious disease scientist Jeremy Farrar

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Zaun’s ‘Ring of Steel’ takes centre stage at NATO Summit

One of the UK’s largest-ever policing operations ensured that the recent NATO Summit held at Newport’s Celtic Manor passed off without any security incidents. Parts of South Wales were locked down inside a ‘Ring of Steel’ (reportedly the world’s biggest ever installation of temporary high security fencing) realised by Zaun.

Up to 9,000 police officers were deployed for the two-day NATO gathering at Newport’s Celtic Manor and various key sites around Cardiff. Zaun manufactured and installed the 13 kilometres of high security fencing erected around the hotel and conference centre, Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Stadium and the nearby airport.

More than 60 world leaders attended the NATO Summit, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Barack Obama, the first-ever serving US President to visit Wales.

Police officers seconded from 29 of the UK’s 43 police forces were on duty, with planning initiated the moment the NATO Summit was first announced back in October 2013.

Two roads in Newport were closed for more than five days, while all footpaths crossing the Celtic Manor Resort were also shut. A team of 30 project managers, site managers and installers from Zaun complete with 35 articulated lorries full of fencing, barriers and accessories put up the ‘Ring of Steel’, part of which ran alongside the M4 motorway at Junction 24 and the A449.

Zaun's high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun’s high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun designed special sections of steel panels that were fixed to existing fencing on a horizontal basis, flipped upright and then dropped into the Roath Basin at Cardiff Bay (as well as next to the Millennium Bridge on the River Taff directly beneath the walls of Cardiff Castle).

Designed to resist mob attack

Twelve-feet high fencing designed to resist mob attack and, in places, hostile vehicle attack was installed in the village of Caerleon in the north of Newport and at a string of sites across Cardiff used by the world leaders.

Minutes after those world leaders left Cardiff Castle on the Thursday night, Zaun’s team moved in and worked 24/7 to dismantle all of the traffic management measures by 6.30 am on Sunday morning (7 September) ahead of the 10K Cardiff road race and fun run. They then removed the remains of what had become a part of life in central Cardiff for weeks – dubbed as Cardiff’s ‘Berlin Wall’ and ‘The Great Wall of Wales’ – to allow traffic and businesses to return to normal on the Monday morning.

The NATO Summit generated its fair share of protesters. News channels including the BBC, ITV and Sky News reported that: ‘People are trying unsuccessfully to tear down the fence’.

Cameron, Obama and Merkel first experienced Zaun’s RDS and SecureGuard fencing last year at the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, which was previously the largest UK security operation with 8,300 police officers deployed at a cost of £60 million.

In March, Zaun also provided the security fencing for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. In addition, Zaun installed 20 miles of permanent and temporary fencing to secure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This included VIP emergency gates at the Olympic Stadium – dubbed ‘The Obama Gates’ – in case of attack attempts during the highest profile and most sought-after events (such as Usain Bolt’s historic 100 metres Gold medal triumph).

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