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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.”

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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/

 

 

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Berlin attack

Multiple failures by security and the legal system in Germany and Italy lay behind the Berlin attack might be the first conclusion after the event .

The general belief is that widest and the most encompassing circle of defence is the intelligence service of a country when dealing with terrorist attacks of any nature. As such it is the most important and the first line of defence and failure and oversights at this point will inevitability mean the attack will go ahead unless luck intervenes.

The issues raised after the attack in terms of on the ground changes will have only marginal effects. Measures such as traffic management systems, barriers, permanent re-routing away from attractions and other large scale people hubs can only be considered as last line of defence systems, armed police and military standby units are much the same.

If we examine the movement of the Tunisian Anis Amri and his repeated interactions with the security services in Germany and Italy we can see how bureaucracy and security can make very poor bedfellows.

Of course, there are many other factors such as resources, prioritisation of threats, political climate at the time. One must also consider the huge influx of refugees and the inevitable strains it caused in the systems governing Germany.

Much was made of the movement of the man involved after the event i.e his travels across Europe and his final demise in Italy where he had previously served a three-year sentence and told to leave the country.

Some interesting information has also emerged on the events leading to the attack,  such as the hijacking and killing of the driver of the Polish truck.

But these are of little significance comparing to the attacker being on Germany’s top list of individuals to watch, he was under surveillance for up to six month, his arrests, the failure of his asylum application, failed deportation, his multiple false IDs /nationalities and releases back into society after legal deadlocks.

If one aspect of being part of a wide European umbrella is enhanced security one must see this man’s presence, his constant criminality and his clear slow path into self-radicalisation without any decisive intervention from the authorities as a failure.

Pondering the tactical changes on the ground only deals with some issues but the larger issues will loom large regardless, among them are:

Finding a balance between security and human rights and the impact of any measure on society and quality of life as whole.

The wider European collaboration and coordination for security services.

But the Gorilla in the room is wider foreign policy decisions that has led directly to civil wars, regime changes, mass movements of people, armed radical movements  supported by governments in opposition to their normal treaty statues with each other is to name but  a few.

First circle of security may just be the right political decisions.

 

man on the bridge by  Edward Munch

Worst case scenario

Worst case Scenario thinking in security.

Risk management involves mitigating against real and current threats, here the word “real” plays a crucial part in this conversation.

The effect of news media on our perception of threats cannot be underestimated so its best to remember a few things about the news media. firstly, the news media is competitive environment whereby  profit demands being first and overwhelming in coverage. It also must develop a narrative that captivates the audience. the prime narrative in this equation is fear, another is sensationalism. The combination of these and the growth of the social media and its ability to further amplify the worse aspect of the news media coverage of certain event brings us to a point of collective “worse case thinking” .

In the case of normal man and woman in society this only leads to increase anxiety and paranoia which  harms the individual’s quality of life. In society, the effect are hysteria, xenophobia and willingness to forgo long established civil liberties, all adding to negative trends in society and potential abuse of power.

The impact that concerns us as security specialist is exemplified by Dick Cheney who was the vice president in G.W.|Bush’s administration. Whereby he advocated that a %1 potential of AL Qaeda arming themselves with a nuclear weapon was to be treated as a %100 certainty to create adequate response. while at first look based on our instance reaction we may be inclined to agree,on  a professional  we must logically realise to change a very low probability to an absolute certainty is purely a great flight of imagination and mostly emotional .This is not based on correct mitigation of a threat and management of risk. The immediate effect is simply focusing attention on the remotest of possibilities and devoting undue amount of attention and resources, at the cost of dealing with more current and real threats.

In society this leads to overt measures , increase in intrusive security protocols some of which is alarming to the public & does not deter attacks but merely changes their nature .

The impact on the state of mind of security personnel, specialist , planners and interactions with their normal environments and the basic of their jobs is far more detrimental than can be measured.

Simply that fear itself, one of the very thing we are to guard the rest of the society against and create a sense of security and normally which are some of prime reasons we are employed , fear takes control  of  us and inevitably leads to over sights , over reaction and failures  .

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Bloomberg , SQR group and European security

SQR groups Avi Navama  was interviewed today to by Bloomberg Business .This was in the  aftermath  of Brussels bombing. SQR’s inherent experience based on its long history in military , civilian and national security sectors gives it the authority to make observation on such critical matters and issues.

The interview (click  link)

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SQR group is one of the leading global security organisation with specialisation in anti terrorism, national infrastructure protection and close protection.

 

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SQR security enters three years of operations

SQR security solutions  is proud to announce its third year of active operations across a wide range of security sectors in multiple territories .

SQR’s client list is  a testament to its drive and dedication and adherence to company’s  core values of reliability and quality.

SQR provides security solutions for clients to protect themselves , communities , their assets and interests.

SQR security’s international scope of operations and the world class experience of its management , operatives  and staff are some of the key aspects that sets apart.

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and our staff 

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 .

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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.

Victoria cross

Victoria Cross

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Announcement

 

Under fire yet undeterred by the very clear and present danger, Lance Corporal Leakey ran across the exposed slope of the hill three times to initiate casualty evacuation, re-site machine guns and return fire. His actions proved the turning point, inspiring his comrades to fight back with renewed ferocity. Displaying gritty leadership well above that expected of his rank, Lance Corporal Leakey’s actions single handedly regained the initiative and prevented considerable loss of life.

The description of the event as presented by the MOD is typically restrained in its description of the events leading to  Joshua Mark Leakey being announced  by  General Sir Nicholas Carter as the recipient of the Victoria Cross at a ceremony to be held in Buckingham palace.

Victoria cross

The Victoria cross is a highest award in the British armed forces for bravery. The medal itself is made from melted bronze of captured Russian guns in the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimea War. most of its recipients have been honoured after their death in action.

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The full description of the events gives a full view of the actions and bravery of Joshua Mark Leakey which has lead to the Victoria cross announcement.

The actions for which Leakey was awarded the Victoria Cross occurred on 22 August 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. A routine joint patrol composed of British paratroopers, US Marines and Afghan soldiers had targeted a village to search for illegal weapons. Having been flown into the area in Chinook helicopters, the patrol was attacked by machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades soon after dismounting. Leakey’s helicopter had landed on a hill near the village and he, with three other paratroopers and an Afghan soldier, was to provide fire support for the main segment of the patrol. From their vantage point, his section could see the attack and heard over their radio that someone had been injured. Leakey ran up the hill to assess the seriousness of the attack and came to the conclusion that urgent action was needed. Though he was only a lance corporal, he took control of the situation and led his section down to the group under attack.

Having reached the group under attack, he gave first aid to the wounded US Marine Corps captain and began the process of evacuating him from the battlefield. While under fire, he returned to the machine guns that his section had left at the top of the hill. He moved one to a better position to fire at the attacking Taliban even though he was under constant, accurate fire (bullets were ricocheting off the weapon he was carrying). His actions inspired other soldiers to join in the fightback.

While he was manning the machine gun, he was also shouting updates of the situation into his radio.Having realised that more than one machine gun would be needed to effectively fight back the insurgents, he allowed his gun to be taken over by another soldier. He then ran once more through heavy fire to retrieve a second machine gun, position it in a suitable site, and then manned it to fire at the Taliban.

Joshua Mark Leakey is the second member of his extended family to be honoured in this way for actions against the enemy , His second cousin twice removed, Nigel  Leaky , was posthumously awarded the medal during the second world war.

SQR group has a long tradition in working with and honouring members of armed forces and indeed can count many in its rota of staff and associates . We congratulate Joshua Mark Leakey , his family and members of his unit and regiment.

 

(sources Wikipedia/BBC)

article by Poorang

 

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SQR East of England

SQR group is proud to announce the opening of

SQR east of england

SQR will bring its unique security solution to East of England

UK, London, January 29, 2015– SQR opens in East of England

“SQR is privileged to open its east of England branch so that it may fully participate in the life of local community SQR is already a local employer of many East of England residents”  SQR co –founder Shai Slagter

SQR East of England is situated at SQR East of England Lakes Industrial Park, Lower Chapel Hill, Braintree CM7 3RU Essex.Tel: +44(0)20 36972590, Fax: +44(0)20 3318 3936

SQR unique approach in blending human and technological solutions in security will bring new standards of service and security to East of England

 

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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Poorang at +44(0)2037145293 or email at poorang@sqrgroup.com.

Murdered Aid Worker

Implications of a murder

The murder of Alan Henning

The 47-year-old taxi-driver from Manchester who was taken hostage last December while on a humanitarian aid convoys to Syria has become the latest victim of ISIS.  His tragic and brutal end has been filmed and used as a gruesome piece of PR.

There are a number of reasons why these murders are made so public but firstly  they  points to an organisation with an eye on influencing domestic and foreign policies of its adversaries and its continued attempt to replace  Al Qaeda as the leading jihadi organisation.

His public murder will no doubt intensify the call for more direct action against the group but many heads of states in the western camp have already promised their countries that they will not commit to ground troop deployment.

Airpower is costly and mostly ineffective against irregular armies such as ISIS so ultimately the question of a large well equipped manned intervention has to be addressed.

Ground troop deployment causes a serious challenge for the coalition members some of whom were pressurised by USA e.g Saudi Arabia, UAE etc   to participate with token and as yet unproven involvement with bombing raids.

On the ground the Kurds are bearing the brunt of the fighting and Iranians have been involved secretly for some time with supplies and reorganisations and front line specialised troops. The Iraqis have mustered their forces with support of Shia militias and have presented a stronger front.

ISIS seem to have an active policy to confront the west directly as soon as possible no doubt sensing that various deals being struck behind the scenes might affect their long term strength, for example a possible arrangement with the Syrian regime by the west.

The British prime minster has spoken of generational fight and Americans have spoken of degrading and then destroying the group as a long term strategy but time might not be on the side of the west if as predicted a revenge terrorist attack is carried out by ISIS or their sympathisers  in Europe or USA.

In such a situation the pressure for the west to put ground troops into action may be too much to bear.