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June 30, 2020

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Four things we learned from IFSEC & FIREX Training Week

IFSEC and FIREX International teamed up with Skills for Security to deliver an exclusive set of online training workshops on 22–25 June.

Catch up on all the content from IFSEC & FIREX Training Week, here! 

Led by Darrell Gilmour, these covered some of the major legal updates and interpretations of new regulations and provided a refresher on key knowledge. Not only were these sessions comprehensive overviews of critical knowledge, but they also provided attendees with a CPD-accredited certificate.

We listened in to each session: here are four things we learned.

  1. When selecting security equipment, it must comply with the grading of your security system

The first session was all about Intruder Alarm Design & Surveying. Darrell covered how to carry out a survey and a risk assessment, paying close attention to the different security grades a building may be given — from low risk, where intruders are expected to have little knowledge of the buildings, to high risk, where security takes precedence over any other factor. He detailed what defines the different grades, and what security systems require to meet them, including event recording, supervision, movement detectors and more.

  1. BT is switching off its PSTN and IDSN in 2025, bringing an end to analogue phone lines

In the second seminar, Darrell explained all about the different transmission types for signalling, including IP, GPRS, GSM and PSTN. He talked about the analogue switch-off in the UK telephone network, as well as all the procedures and requirements required to achieve a police response to your security systems. He gave an essential run-down of all the standards, grading and classifications used for signalling.

  1. The protection of life and/or property are the principle objectives of a fire alarm and detection system

Turning his attention to the fire safety sector, Darrell explained the purpose and requirements of a fire risk assessment, in particular the protection categories of fire detection systems: manual, property and life. He described the various levels under each category, and what fire safety professionals need to do to meet those needs. In addition, he explained the zoning requirements for heat and smoke detection, audible and visual indication for raising an alarm and ways in which false alarms can be reduced. This was a comprehensive run-down of an important issue.

  1. Video Surveillance Systems are not graded on components—or even video quality!

In the fourth and final session, Darrell took viewers through the risk assessments, operational requirements and grading essential to setting up a safe and effective video surveillance system (VSS). He covered everything from location to power requirements, the documentation required when establishing a system, system design, camera coverage and image performance.

The sessions were incredibly well-received. David Scott, Managing Director of Skills for Security said:

I am just absolutely delighted with the response from industry; to deliver training to over 6,000 industry representatives over four days is just an amazing achievement. It really shows the reputation that IFSEC and FIREX International have throughout their industries. I don’t believe anything like this has ever been done before on such a large scale, so hopefully we are making a small amount of history by providing this opportunity. The feedback from participants highlights the quality of delivery from Skills for Security, I am really proud to be a part of that.

If you didn’t attend Training Week, you can still catch-up on Darrell’s sessions and get a CPD-accredited certificate on each, so you don’t miss out on essential knowledge.

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