Posts

London bus on fire

SQR personnel doing what SQR does best

Security has primary concern which is preservation of life and creating a balance between competing dynamic forces that are at work in society in favour of safety .

On Sunday 13th of Aug two of SQR security staff assigned to JW3 a high profile Jewish community hub were alerted to a potentially serious incident. A double-Raymonddecker London bus with passengers on board had caught fire .

SQR’s Emilio Garcia and Marius Asteika both responded immediately with Marius assisting the passengers to evacuate the bus  and Emilio in fighting the fire to stop its escalation and the dangers it posed to the passing cars and pedestrians all this amid bellowing smoke and explosions in the engine compartment .They both proceeded to maintain a cordon to prevent bystanders approaching the blazing flame.

Emilio and Marius are trained close protection operatives trained at SQR’s centre of excellence .

During this incident they acted within SQR protocol during life threatening incidences  remove from danger e.g evacuate in this instance , protect ,  deescalate when ever possible  maintain control and safety .

Their actions have been praised by Raymond Simonson  the leader of the JW3

“Their only thoughts were for the safety of the passengers caught on the burning bus, which is typical of all the SQR security staff at JW3,” he said.

“I wasn’t at all surprised – we constantly receive praise and positive feedback from members of the public for our wonderful security team.”

sqr staff involved in fire rescue

the national and international press were also quick to see the merits and professionalism of the SQR staff and have given a wide coverage of their actions in their out lets .

The renowned London daily had this to say

A security guard who said today that he thought the double-decker was going to explode.

Emilio Garcia, 36, was on duty at a nearby building when he heard a loud bang outside Finchley Road and Frognal Overground station on Sunday.

He ran towards the noise and saw flames and smoke billowing from the No 117 bus. He helped several passengers off before grabbing a fire extinguisher from the driver.

The national paper The mirror also covered the incident along with Jewish chronicle and Times of Israel

https://www.thejc.com/news/videos/jw3-security-guards-hailed-as-heroes-for-tackling-bus-blaze-1.442903

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/london-bus-bursts-flames-mans-10984234#ICID=sharebar_whatsapp

http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jw3-security-guards-heralded-utter-mensches-for-tackling-bus-blaze/

 

 

Rio and its famous statue

Close Protection at Brazil’s Olympic

Close protection at  Brazil Olympic

With the summer games fast  approaching many high net worth individuals and their security personnel will decamp to Brazil.

Brazil poses its own unique security threats for security professionals who will arrive with their clients.

Let us not forget that tweeted message from a Islamic  member which gained wide spread news converge recently , “Brazil, you are our next target”  nevertheless if we put things in to proportion Latin  America is not assessed to be a hot bed of Islamic extremism and most of its armed opposition are motivated by political views far removed from the Islamic  extremists  they mostly name far left Marxist Leninist ideas as their motivation.

The biggest threat to visitors are the frightening crime figures for example it had one of the highest murder rates in the world .

Wide areas of  the major cities are under the influence if not control of heavily armed gangs who have not hesitated to engage the state and its various enforcement agencies  in all out armed conflicts on the street  to protect their interest .

As in the rest of Latin America kidnapping in all its variety of types are a very valid threat across the country  often very violent with the Express type being very common where the victims are taken to ATM machines immediately to withdraw cash to secure their release .

Violent car jacking at traffic lights or at residence are a daily occurrence as are  mugging specially if strangers are  in the wrong place at the wrong time .

Guns are in easy supply and most criminals are armed and use them freely  the police will use fire arms also   without hesitation and in public crowded areas.

Brazil is also a major drug hub and heavy user of class A drugs which brings about all the predictable dynamics in to the ix for security planner .

The other threat  that lurks under currents is  violent protests many of which were witnessed leading up to the world cup , the Brazilians can and will take to the streets to air their views to the authorities  and sometimes very forcefully .

Uniquely this Olympic also poses major medical  concerns  with various  mosquito born diseases such Zika virus .

The authorities  have been very active of recent to confront the gangs and street criminals in preparations for the games  but given the fact the game offer very rich pickings for all criminal the threats have to be viewed as very much real .

 

In short the security planner has to have a through understanding of high risk urban threats and environments and be prepared accordingly.

juggler on tight rope

Close Protection with blindfolds on

Close Protection with blindfolds on

So often the individuals involved in the industry overlook the implications of the wider world events on all aspects of their profession .They seem to live in a self-created bubble that mostly comforts them in the belief that keeping up with physical aspects of the art form is sufficient to deliver them and their clients into a safe zone of their own making!.

The latest guns and body armour or paramilitary accessories seems to dominate conversation and the mental aspect seem to be one of endurance coping with pressure and alertness, all no doubt of great importance.

Never the less the best guns and armour and military attire and speaking in abbreviations will not protect anyone if you have blindfolds on!

Blindfolds addressed here are the lack of interest and in depth knowledge of fast changing world events with bewildering range of consequence on the field. This has many root causes but a close Protection Operative cannot get by with excuses in effect if you can’t tell the difference between various factions be they religious, ethnic or political and at times understanding that they combine and form a front that has defeated large military forces who have played ignorant of them.

In short if you don’t know your Shia from Sunni or have never heard of Wahhabi or Salafism and have never attempted to understand the clan mind set inherent in many Arab countries or think Iranians are Arabs and are in any way confused about difference between Judaism and Zionism or Palestinian issue don’t go to Middle east and if you still think of Turkey as depicted in your holiday brochure and think streets of Europe are not effected by any of the above hang up your hat and stay in.

Indeed if you have no idea why the Ukrainians and Russians are aiming guns at each other stay out of there too for good measure if you don’t understand and care to study the social back ground of your area of operation do yourself and your clients and team mates  a favour and stay home  as the crucial and fundamental part of the work that of  “ threat and risk assessment “ has everything to do with understanding the key triggers in the environments you are going to work and if you don’t get that no amount of military attire ,gung-ho attitude and jargon on the radio is going to protect you .

Poorang

 

training-partnership

SQR corporate partnership scheme for close protection

The partnership will remove all logistic and management costs involved in running a training centre while offering a professionally run course to your applicants & existing staff and still enjoying from financial benefits for your company.

This scheme is based upon SQR carrying out the courses on your behalf  of its official corporate partners.

SQR group  specialises in running an enhanced Close Protection course incorporating additional modules such as  over seas Firearm training, Urban Surveillance and Krav Maga self defence.

If you are operating a security company and would like to provide training this offers a perfect solution.

Our training is conducted at our fully equipped North London HQ by our team of highly qualified instructors. SQR courses are unique in their depth, attention to detail, cost effectiveness and direct input by the founders of SQR who are some of the most experienced in the security field in the world.

SQR group  has been conducting close protection courses for over two years in London .SQR group is also a major provider  of operatives in the field of close protection .

training-partnership

SQR Solutions

Participate at SQR group

SQR group announces the Participate scheme. Participate scheme  will give the participants an opportunity to experience the special courses provided by SQR by obtaining discounts or free entry as well as keeping them informed about SQR group activities. These will include Firearm, First Aid, Krav Maga self-defense, Urban surveillance,Technical Attack Surveillance  and the ultimately an opportunity to have access to SQR’s enhanced Close Protection course.

Participate at SQR group will keep participants informed via email and face book of upcoming courses and special opportunities planned for each.

To register simply email participate@sqrgroup.com

 

 

SQR raises the standard of provision of security for institutions by providing SQR trained staff for the industry.

 

 

 

Security, Quality and Reliability are the foundations of the company and they are what distinguishes

‘SQR group’ from other companies in the UK market in particular, and the Global market as a whole.

 

‘SQR group’ places supreme importance in the recruiting and training of the most highly qualified

Personnel, creating a unique team to be trusted both personally and professionally.

surveillance by SQR

Technical Surveillance SQR group

Surveillance  workshop  by SQR group

The Technical Surveillance attack workshop conducted by a top field professional. This  work shop is being at SQR’s centre of excellence . It will advance the candidates  knowledge of current technical surveillance environment. They will be introduced to some of the most advance equipment and their capability. Technical aspects covered are Audio, Video, Long range covert surveillance, image intensification.

SQR’s Technical surveillance workshop is set to be a great successes with attendance from active CP, Police, Military personnel . Join us for the next session .

SQR group conducts an Enhanced close protection course .The close protection course has many additional modules over the required by SIA for its licences.

Understanding Surveillance in all its forms is a key aspect of close protection work in the modern era.

The workshop is one day long and is certificated By SQR group.

Surveillance  SQR group

https://www.facebook.com/sqrgroup

.11070083_760167430764954_7589329090350887549_n 11075202_760167710764926_1059656181372766114_n 11062122_760167454098285_329029789002751806_n 10606328_760167574098273_5456367678998372749_n

surveillance by SQR

Technical surveillance
by SQR group

10314691_760167384098292_5535476766495919162_n 10337746_760167687431595_5574640930150103231_n 10501707_760167590764938_7895632700830213741_n 10603414_760167500764947_5672611674576396912_n 10013589_760167520764945_7155213187148593916_n 1531533_760167367431627_8973722671100241299_n

 

 

poorang

Close protection how not to!

Close protection how not to!

Close protection has certain ground rule, these are the basic of the art of body guarding and are incorporated in and understood by close protection teams everywhere.

We also take it for granted and assume that the highly placed government officials such as the prime minster who due to sensitivity of their position require 24hr security will benefit from the very best close protection that can be provided.

One would assume that the members of these team are regularly trained and constantly subjected to tests and performance monitoring, one would assume that they are the elites.

These assumptions have been sorely tested a short while ago on the day that the Prime Minster surrounded by his close protection team stepped out of a building from a meeting.

On that occasion a young man ran through the advance guards! Completely unnoticed, he then continued to run toward the Prime Minster who had actually noticed him before even the closest member of the bodyguard team and had raised his elbow in defence.

PM2

What followed only underscored the close protection team’s failure, the young man actually ran into and touched the Prime Minster physically had his intentions been malicious and deadly the Prime Minster would be dead!

This would have been an outrageous outcome considering our natural assumption that he is protected by the best the country can offer in close protection.

As the incident unfolded things got worse! While the bodyguards finally decided to tackle the man they did so collectively! The Prime Minster was left to make his way to his with no protection.

all in       PM

The incident highlighted so many failures in the close protection team both individually and collectively  that  it’s footage is bound to become a prime teaching tools for close protection courses everywhere  in order to show  how not to bodyguard anyone.  At SQR centre of excellence we teach  future close protection operatives vigilance, dynamic threat and risk assessment, standard operating procedures, foot formations, individual roles and responsibilities , operational planning, emergency response, physical intervention and many other subjects any one of which would have prevented the event to occur the way it did .

Poorang