Emergency preparation is important for everyone because, as the saying goes: proper planning prevents poor performance. This is especially true when a large number of people are involved, like in schools, office buildings, and other commercial properties. Fortunately, many of these facilities employ a security team.
In the case of an emergency, an on-duty security guard is likely to be the first person onsite. As such, security guards are trained to respond to emergency situations and minimize the impact caused by whatever situation has created the crisis.
Emergencies in the workplace can take on many different scenarios, including a fire, a bomb threat, a suspicious package, a disgruntled employee, and even an estranged spouse. While the client or employer determines what procedures to follow during an emergency, it’s important for security guards to know how to identify potential emergencies and set procedures in place to manage them.
At SFM Security, we ensure our officers are familiar with any emergency response procedures shared with us. In some cases, our security guards are asked to call the client and the police and await their arrival. In other cases, our guards may be asked to investigate the cause of the alarm and secure the scene. In the case of a fire, they might be responsible for activating the fire alarm, contacting the fire department, and assisting with the evacuation of the premises. We’re comfortable performing a variety of duties and know our duties will vary depending on the employer.
If you’d like help reviewing your security plan, don’t hesitate to email me. I’d be happy to have a productive discussion about ideas to keep your facility safe and secure.