As recommended by our industry body IFEDA (The Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association), we are advising customers that if they want to postpone any Fire Alarm service visits and weekly bell tests that we strongly suggest gaining written confirmation that this is acceptable from their insurance provider.
If customers ask us to postpone a service visit, then they are likely going outside of the maintenance requirements under British Standards. This is why we are advising approval from your insurance provider as if the worse does happen there is a concern that they would refuse to payout due to the maintenance and testing schedule of the system not being kept up to date.
Health and safety are always at the forefront of our minds and underpins everything we do in our industry and so we would like to remind property managers of their continuing obligations under current legislation to maintain fire protection systems and equipment, but obviously, during the current pandemic, this brings additional challenges and considerations.
We have already developed rigorous best working practices in these trying times so we’d urge all clients to contact us when their servicing is required to discuss how we can work to ensure you’re on-going compliance.
We are pleased and proud to announce that for the ninth year in a row we have passed the external audits for ISO:9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001: Environmental Management System and Security Industry Authority: Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) without any major or minor non-conformances. In addition we have once again improved our score under the ACS system, demonstrating our commitment to continual improvement.
When we received a CCTV alarm from a client’s system recently, our operators jumped into action without delay. After reviewing a male loitering at a multi-tenanted site late at night we notified the police. The male was then seen setting fire to the building and our Control Room supervisor immediately phoned the Fire brigade who arrived promptly and put the fire out before any serious damage was done.
A big well done to our Operator Connor Bowden, an great example of Excellence Through Our People!
As one of Integrity’s oldest clients it was an honour to be invited to Hortons’ Estate Limited annual charity event. They held a quiz with all the money raised going towards Dementia UK. It was a great night and the Integrity team were even lucky enough to scoop a couple of prizes in the raffle and all for a great cause.
While the chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident remain rare, it is important to be prepared and know how to protect yourself if the need arises. Counter Terrorism Policing has released guidance that sets out three key steps for keeping safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack. If you are caught up in an incident our advice is to ‘Run, Hide and Tell’ – guidance which can be applied to many places and situations.
RUN – Run to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender!
HIDE – It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Also barricade yourself if you can do.
Integrity has been awarded a new contract with Rapleys LLP who is an existing longstanding client. Integrity provides services to Rapleys all around the country including Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheltenham, Oldham and New Malden. Integrity’s comprehensive fire, security and compliance package is proving rather popular with many Property Management and FM providers! Our new contract at the Cherwell Centre, Banbury includes Key Holding Alarm Response as well as the provision of support to carry out weekly bell tests and other systems maintenance.
Integrity have been asked to provide emergency Manned Guarding at Hay Hall Business Park in Birmingham following a devasting fire which destroyed parts of the site. The managing agent is an existing longstanding client who knew Integrity could be relied upon to provide assistance. We are pleased to be able to support them during this time by providing a team of guards to secure the premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Integrity have recently started working with JOS Structures, providing them with temporary Manned Guarding whilst renovation works are undertaken. JOS Structures Limited is a Midlands based company established in 2004 who are specialists in reinforced concrete structures. Our increased security presence meant equipment could be left on site during downtime and it also allowed the builders to work out of hours if required as our security officers were able to facilitate around the clock access.
Integrity have been awarded a new security contract on the Sandwell BID with West Midlands Foundry. Sandwell BID was formed in the West Bromwich area in 2006 by a group of business owners who were increasingly concerned about fly-tipping and crime. A BID is a programme in which all ratepaying businesses in a defined geographical area pay a ‘BID Levy’ to fund projects and services in addition to those carried out by public agencies. Our Security Systems Team have upgraded the CCTV and Intruder Alarm on site and are also complementing the provision with CCTV Monitoring and a Key Holding Alarm Response contract.
Integrity Security have entered the new year with a good start having been awarded a number of new security systems contracts. One such additional contract is with an existing client, Hortons’ Estate Limited. Their premises at Cursley Distribution Park in Kidderminster will see Integrity provide services for CCTV, gates and access control.
Strategically placed at the geographical centre of England we provide security, cleaning and facilities management services across the country.