Why Choosing the Right Security Partner Matters

Choosing The Right Security Partner Matters

The role of private security is expanding. While the fundamental aspects are still the same, modern full-service security companies do more than just provide security.

To effectively compete, security companies must understand security protocols, deliver outstanding customer service and be technically savvy. They also need to have the ability to recruit, hire and train officers who can do the same.

The role of private security is expanding. While the fundamental aspects are still the same, modern full-service security companies must do so much more than just provide security.

To effectively compete security companies must understand security protocols, deliver outstanding customer service and be technically savvy. They also need to have the ability to recruit, hire and train officers who can do the same.

The Example Of Fire & Life Safety

When it comes to high-rise buildings, a comprehensive understanding of Fire & Life Safety is essential. The goal is not to just keep the building in compliance, but to protect life. With over 20 years of experience in the commercial high-rise vertical, I have come to appreciate just how important Fire & Life Safety is.

Fire & Life Safety covers a range of things from fires and explosions to protecting people and property. That means getting people out of a building safely and limiting the amount of damage that will occur in the event of a fire.

While needs vary based on a number of factors, the basics can be broken down into these core functions:

  • Fire protection: This is the primary area of focus and the first step of fire safety. Preventing a fire… prevents loss. If a fire does break out, fire protection works to minimize potential losses. That is why most federal, state and local laws and regulations are designed to prevent fire or mitigate its effect. Those in charge of security should be aware of all the required codes and regulations. Failure to comply would be unlawful and can result in fines that would be costly to the owners.
  • Detection: Detection systems are a key component of Fire Life & Safety. Early detection can save lives and minimize property loss. Requirements must be met for the installation of smoke detectors, flame detectors, gas detectors and heat detectors. Regular inspection is required to ensure that all functions of the fire alarm safety system are functioning properly.
  • Fire Suppression: Fire suppression is another important component of Fire & Life Safety. Buildings that require fire suppression usually use a sprinkler system to satisfy the need. Buildings with special hazards may use wet or dry chemical systems.
  • Egress: If evacuation is needed, it is important that the direction provided in the building’s Emergency Plan is followed. Security directors need to be familiar with the Emergency Plan. If an emergency breaks out security takes on an important role in emergency management.

Security Matters

Fire & Life Safety is just one aspect of a building’s overall security plan, but it demonstrates the vital role security plays. The days of finding just anybody to sit at a post and keep watch have disappeared. Security officers need to be sharp, professional and customer service oriented. They also need to be knowledgeable and well trained. Choosing a security partner that hires carefully and provides customized building specific training, will help protect the integrity of the overall security plan. It can also save lives.