SIA and emergency services come together for training exercises

October 11, 2021


Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, Profile Protection Security Services Ltd, West End Security Group, Safer Business Group, the Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps and Inspirations Theatre Company, on 10 October the SIA ran a series of real time simulations involving actors and volunteers of possible emergency scenarios at The Cuckoo Club, London.

The topics that the training exercises covered were mass stabbing (gang related knife attack), invacuation (external marauding terrorist attack), corrosive attack (using the ‘three Rs’ – remove, remove, remove) and suspect package.

Paul Fullwood, the SIA’s Director of Inspections and Enforcement, said: “The private security industry has an important role in protecting the public. Security operatives can often be the first on the scene in an incident. This exercise at The Cuckoo Club provided a learning environment for door supervisors and nightclub staff to respond to a set of simulated exercises with the support of the emergency services.

Fullwood added that: “The common goal of all of the partners was ensuring that going to a London nightclub is as safe as possible for customers and those working at the venue.”

The objective of this exercise was to enhance public safety in the night-time economy by working with venues and security staff. It is also to showcase best practice (putting the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security e-learning package into practice) to demonstrate partnership working within the community and to run a series of exercises in a real time environment.

The new Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Security eLearning is specialised training for front line security operatives. This free course was designed by government counter-terrorism experts from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the SIA. The custom-built training provides up-to date counter-terrorism knowledge to help security professionals prepare for and respond to terrorist incidents whilst on duty.

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