Fire Risks Real for Major Events in Rural Areas

As Summer takes hold, it’s worth considering the likelihood of a particularly high fire danger for this year in rural Victoria.

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The Victorian Government has released a cautionary warning to the population on the likelihood of an increased Fire Risk during the 2017/18 Summer period.

Above normal fire season forecast for Victoria

5 September, 2017

Conditions in Victoria appear likely to increase the risk of an above normal fire season, with a potentially earlier start in some parts of the state according to the latest Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released today.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, developed by the Bureau of Meteorology with fire and land managers, was released today, Tuesday, 5 September in New South Wales.

The outlook is used by emergency management agencies to make strategic decisions about the summer season, including fire preparedness.

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Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the outlook was an early indication of what Victoria could expect in the summer season

“The severity of the fire season will depend on a number of factors, including the amount, location and timing of rain in the months leading up to summer,” he said.

“The early forecast shows there is underlying dryness in some areas of the state, particularly across central parts of Victoria and across the east

“While there is a lot of surface water, which means there will be grass growth and a healthy supply of water for crop growing, ground moisture has the potential to dry out quickly under dry and warm conditions.

“The level of risk in the October to December period will still depend on how much spring rain there is in September.”

Mr Lapsley said summer season preparations across emergency management agencies were well underway.

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“Pre-season briefings for emergency management personnel will begin to rollout across Victoria so our people understand the seasonal outlook, know the risks, are prepared to respond to emergencies, working with our communities,” he said.

“It’s important that the community also begins their fire prevention works, plan early and act early. Use all of September, October and November to get ready and prepare your properties, yourself and your family.

“Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA have brought forward preparedness activities, including the spring planned burning program.

“For spring, efforts will focus on reducing risk in the North East, Northern Country, North Central, the Mallee and the far South West districts.

“We are in this together – government, agencies, communities and business – and go into the summer season knowing we work best when we work collaboratively as a strong, capable sector with a focus on the best outcomes for the communities we serve.”

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook is published by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC).

Source: emv.vic.gov.au

As an integral part of its Emergency Response Services, AML Risk Management provides a range of Fire Suppression and Response services and tactics. For those planning large outdoor Summer events in rural settings – Music Festivals (such as the Falls Music Festival at Lorne), Concerts or large Community Events – Surf Carnivals, Picnics on the Green or Sporting Events such as the annual Murray River Water Skiing Marathon and the Cycling Classic, the Tour Down Under; this is a major consideration. A bushfire or grassfire through coastal scrub or open forest can be intense and ultimately devastating – a real threat to human life.

AML Risk Management Emergency Response Teams are suitably qualified and trained in:

  • Fire Control and Rescue Protocols
  • Aviation Fire Suppression
  • Decontamination
  • Industrial Fire Fighting – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

 

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AML Risk Management APUs (Asset Protection Units) are fully trained and competent in providing any event with required expertise in:

  • Fire Safety and Evacuation Practices
  • Alarm Raising, Professional Response
  • Identifying, classifying and responding to different fire types and sources
  • Correct usage and deployment of all Fire equipment and Extinguishers
  • Safe and Correct usage of Fire Hose Reels, Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets
  • Understanding and applying the ‘Fire Triangle’ concept
  • Ensuring correct and mandatory Safety Procedures are adhered to in the fighting of any type of fire
  • All of the above are combined in the adoption and use of correct fire fighting tactics

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When a large event is threatened by fire, there is the possibility of panic and chaos. AML Risk Management includes Fire Risk and Prevention protocols in its overall Emergency Management package when and if required.

AML Risk Management provide a swift and appropriate response to all emergency situations, with an informed handover to Emergency Services Personnel and the nominated Emergency Response Controller when activated. AML Risk Management remain as the client liaison for its clients until the particular emergency is controlled or resolved.

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AML Introduces Meridian Group’s Anti Vehicle Barriers

AML Risk Management offer the Meridian Rapid Defence Group’s Anti Vehicle Barriers in Melbourne, Greater Victoria and elsewhere on demand.Please find a further description of the units and their capabilities here. Take the time to read the entire article to fully understand the application of Vehicle Barriers, their ease of use and the portability of the Meridian range.

Meridian Rapid Defence Group Anti Vehicle Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defence Group – Archer 1200 Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defence Group have developed the first portable barriers to successfully stop a vehicle traveling at 48km per hour, with a total weight of 1.5 tonne.
In July 2017 the Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barrier successfully passed and was certified by the standards of the European Publicly Available Specifications security standard. Standards held by the U.S Department of Defence and Department of Homeland Security guidelines have been met by the Archer 1200 Barriers. As a part of meeting these guidelines the Archer 1200 was able to bring a high risk vehicle to a complete stop, in less than just 10 feet.

These barriers are designed to protect high traffic and/or pedestrian areas, from vehicles which may be considered dangerous. This is achieved by the barriers ability to harden a perimeter. The barriers are also able to be re-deployed in the event of changing conditions or changing threat levels.

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Meridian Rapid Defence Group Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barriers

One of the most appealing features of the Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle barrier is its ability to be moved and installed with ease. The task can be completed by just 1-2 people and can be accomplished within a few short minutes. This feature is of high importance, as it allows areas to be blocked off and re-opened in the event that an emergency vehicle requires access.

Movement and installation is completed by attaching an Archer towbar to the portable barrier. No other tools or materials are necessary during any movement of the barriers.
Included below is a link to a guided demonstration of the barrier installation, completed by Meridian Rapid Defence Group.

Other valued features include:

  • Portable
  • Electricity free
  • Hydraulic free
  • Do not require maintenance
  • Reusable after impact
  • Non-lethal
  • Able to be deployed by 1 person
  • Harden Perimeter
  • Heavy duty material
  • Ballistics tested

Why choose Archer Anti-Vehicle Barriers?

Meridian Rapid Defence group have carefully developed and tested their products to deliver high quality. The Archer 1200 Barriers have a proven ability to stop high risk vehicles, and have also been ballistics tested to .50 calibre ball rounds.
At AML Risk Management, we are more than just a Security provider. The team at AML will strive to complete any task at a high standard. Our goal is to provide the safest environment achievable through liaising with the client and evaluating safety concerns specific to the event or location. We stand for the safety and quality of service delivered to the client, while maintaining an adaptable approach to security needs. We believe that through the use of Meridian Rapid Defence group’s high quality products, we are able to implement security measures that cater for modern day threats to public safety.

The use of the anti-vehicle barriers will drastically increase public safety at any event or location. Archer barriers have been used to harden the perimeter of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Meridian Rapid Defence Group was also able to cater for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards by deploying Archer Barriers, as the risk of a security threat was heightened due to rogue police officer Christopher Dorner.

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Meridian Rapid Defense Group Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defence Group Barrier Kits

Barrier Kits are a great example of how to utilise the barriers and how they are adaptable to a variety of circumstances. They maintain the ability to secure a premises to suit the needs of the client and the safety of all affiliated with the location or event. The kits demonstrate the ability to prevent all access, or partial access to and from a premises. Along with adapting to the needs of the client, barriers can be used in different ways to accommodate an increased need for security. Such as if an event or location is considered to be at an elevated risk level, or even if the threat level is considered imminent. While used alongside traffic cones, barriers may also be deployed to simply slow vehicle traffic passing through designated areas. The following kits have been constructed by Meridian Rapid Defence group as a guideline to the use of Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barriers.

Conventions for Barricade Strength

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Meridian utilises the National Terrorism Advisory System as a universally relevant lexicon for describing the specific security needs for a given location. Within an overall property, there may be areas of lower or higher risk due to surrounding physical structures, existing security, ambient traffic flow or target value to terrorists.

For areas of Elevated risk, barriers may be configured more for deterrence than vehicle stoppage, whereas areas of Imminent risk would warrant maximum protection designed to decrease or completely eliminate vehicle penetration. Generally Meridian Barriers should be employed in all areas of Elevated, Intermediate or Imminent Risk. As a critical point of difference from fixed solutions, the modular nature of the Meridian barriers allows a property to respond to changes in overall threat levels.

Lane Merger

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Soft technologies such as rubber cones and flares are often used to guide traffic in a direction or to gradually close off a lane. While effective in communicating the desired action, they are completely ineffective in true vehicle mitigation (zero stopping power).

Meridian Barriers are used in conjunction with cones to guide traffic as well as prevent a breach or by-pass of lane closure.

Single Lane Closure

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Meridian Barriers are ideally suited for preventing vehicle breach at narrow high-threat areas such as gates, driveways or single/double lane roadways.

In these formations, vehicle entry is completely prevented and areas with large, fast-approaching encroachments.

Two Lane Closure

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Meridian Barriers can be laced across more than one lane while still allowing fast and easy movement for pedestrians or emergency vehicles.

Span Protection

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The interface between roadways and unprotected promenades, outdoor malls or parkways leaves pedestrians particularly vulnerable. Meridian Barriers are a drag and drop portable solution, which can be placed across large passageways to serve as highly effective, temporary bollards.

Other Products

Other products developed by the Meridian Rapid Defence Group include the Archer beam gate. This product is available upon request.
To view products created by Meridian Rapid Defence Group please visit http://www.betterbarriers.com/products/.

Our Services

AML Risk Management is a licenced and experienced Security Firm which operates at an industry leading standard. Our experienced team of trained professionals strive to complete every task to the satisfaction of the client. Part of our goal is to maintain the flexibility to cater for the unique security needs of any event at any capacity. This is achieved through the diverse range of services we offer, from basic crowd control and asset protection, through to our Emergency Response and Emergency Management Teams. We also have a highly skilled Asset Protection Unit who are qualified to operate and carry out Trace Detection.

We believe that the use of Meridian Rapid Defense Group Barriers within our company has increased our ability to maintain high standards of security.

AML Risk Management has the ability to provide, install and manage the use of barriers for any event. Barriers are also available for outright purchase with the tools and training to self-manage deployment.

Upon request, AML Risk Management is also able to provide a detailed evaluation of the site or event looking to install Meridian Rapid Defense Group barriers.

Enquiries

For all enquiries regarding our services, or to request a consultation, please leave your details here on our website or call now on 03 9326 2244

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Vehicular Attack – Can it be prevented?

Again, another madman takes to a pedestrian and bike thoroughfare, mowing down innocent civilians, in this case sadly school children, who were celebrating graduation from High School. This is a perfect example of the need for High Tech retractable bollards with crash barriers being placed after the carnage. Often the first action is a distraction to mount an even bigger assault. This happened in Bali at Paddy’s Bar when a small device distracted the security only to be followed by a massive explosion.

It is becoming clear that this type of ‘lone wolf’ attack using a vehicle is being copy-catted worldwide. The technology is already available to prevent such ruthless and mindless attacks on civilian populations. Please review our two previous blogs here and here. In Britain such Bollards are already deployed in a number of locations.

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Permanent hydraulic Bollards simply lower to surface level to allow vehicles to pass if that vehicle has been set up with the sensor code. Emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and some delivery vehicles are permitted, with strict protocols.

AML Risk Management utilise portable Crash Barriers from Meridian of the USA. You can read here about these very portable, very effective crash barriers and view videos demonstrating their effectiveness against vehicular attack.

Here is a full reprint of the report in Wednesday’s Age Newspaper on the attacks minus the politicians statements. Consider carefully – would bollards (hydraulic) have protected the pedestrians killed and injured? The attacker was deemed a ‘lone wolf’. What if he was a diversionary tactic? Did the authorities have the equipment to prevent further vehicular attack?

New York: Eight people were killed when a man drove a utility vehicle down a bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, before he jumped out with two fake guns and was shot by police officers.

Federal authorities were treating the incident as a terrorist attack, a senior law enforcement official said.

Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old New York attack suspect, is seen running down the street after he allegedly ran over cyclists and pedestrians in a utility vehicle.

Two law enforcement officials said that after the attacker got out of the truck, he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great”.

The attacker, in a rented Home Depot ute, hit numerous pedestrians and cyclists as he drove as many as 20 blocks south on the bike path, officials said.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports.

Saipov is reportedly an Uzbek national who has been in the US since 2010. He lived in Tampa, Florida and Ohio at different times and has a history of minor traffic violations.

Two law enforcement officials said that investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic inside the truck that indicated allegiance to Islamic State.

Saipov is expected to survive, meaning investigators will likely have a chance to question him about his motive for the attack, but so far, they said, he appeared to have been a “lone wolf” suspect – someone who acted alone after being inspired, but not directly instructed, by the Islamic State.

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The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports. Photo: St Charles Missouri Dept of Corrections

He had been living in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack, and rented the vehicle in that state before driving it into Manhattan, officials said.

Five friends from Argentina are among those killed in the attack.

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The damaged Home Depot truck came to rest in the bike lane in New York City.  Photo: AP

The compatriots, from the city of Rosario in central Argentina, were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation.

A statement from the ministry says it passed on its deepest condolences following the deaths of Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.

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Some people were being treated for injuries near a mangled school bus. Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

A sixth Argentinian man with the group named as Martin Ludovico Marro is being treated at the Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, the ministry added.

A Belgian woman was also killed when a driver ploughed into pedestrians and cyclists in New York.

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Initial reports said a van on the bike path had run down several people. Photo: Bebeto Matthews

Three more Belgians were also injured – a mother, father and child from the same family and are undergoing surgery, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told news agency Belga.

The suspect in the attack, identified as Sayfullo Saipov has come out of surgery after being shot by police and is expected to survive, CNN reports.

Eight people dead in New York City bike path ‘terror attack’

Eleven people were transported to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The ute eventually collided with a school bus, injuring two adults and two children. After the collision, the driver of the ute got out of the vehicle brandishing what appeared to be two guns.

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An image of the incident. Photo: Alex Cruz/IllmaticNYC

A local uniformed police officer confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen, police said.

The subject was wounded and transported to hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Tuesday night. A paintball gun and pellet gun were recovered at the scene.

It was the greatest loss of life from a suspected terrorist attack in New York since suicide hijackers crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

“There’s no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of one individual meant to cause pain and harm and probably death,” Cuomo said at a news conference.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that, based on the information they had, “this was an act of terror around a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians”.

Commissioner O’Neill said the motivation of the attack will form part of the investigation, which will be jointly conducted by the New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Look at the [modus operandi] of the attack, and he made a statement when he exited vehicle which suggests it was a terror attack,” he said.

Witnesses described gunshots ringing out, people scrambling for cover and a street strewn with bodies and crumpled bicycles.

A large section of the West Side Highway was closed for the investigation as hundreds of officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene. The truck came to a rest near Chambers and West Streets.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and “will be continually updated as more details are known”.

The motorist hit numerous people as nearby Stuyvesant High School was letting out for the day, officials said.

Students at the high school, one of the city’s elite public schools, reported that they saw a man shooting from a ute, and then saw the vehicle turn and strike a school bus.

Ramon Cruz, 27, said he saw a man crash his white ute and emerge from the vehicle at Chambers and West Streets.

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Mr. Cruz said the front of the ute was smashed and the driver appeared injured. Then Mr. Cruz said he heard someone yell, “he’s got a gun, run, run!”

Police officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene and several nearby buildings, including Stuyvesant, were placed on lockdown, with those inside told to take shelter.

The Fire Department said officials responded just after 3pm, local time, to reports of a mass casualty at Chambers and West Streets.

Source: theage.com.au

 

Isis Inspired Vehicular Attack – Can it be prevented?

Again, another madman takes to a pedestrian and bike thoroughfare, mowing down innocent civilians, in this case sadly school children, who were celebrating graduation from High School. This is a perfect example of the need for High Tech retractable bollards with crash barriers being placed after the carnage. Often the first action is a distraction to mount an even bigger assault. This happened in Bali at Paddy’s Bar when a small device distracted the security only to be followed by a massive explosion.

It is becoming clear that this type of ‘lone wolf’ attack using a vehicle is being copy-catted worldwide. The technology is already available to prevent such ruthless and mindless attacks on civilian populations. Please review our two previous blogs here and here. In Britain such Bollards are already deployed in a number of locations.

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Permanent hydraulic Bollards simply lower to surface level to allow vehicles to pass if that vehicle has been set up with the sensor code. Emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and some delivery vehicles are permitted, with strict protocols.

The issue becomes difficult when crowds gather in spaces for individual events and activities. Protests, sporting events and festivals all ensure large crowds gather in relatively unprotected precincts – where such bollards cannot normally be deployed.

AML Risk Management utilise portable Crash Barriers from Meridian of the USA. You can read here about these very portable, very effective crash barriers and view videos demonstrating their effectiveness against vehicular attack.

Here is a full reprint of the report in Wednesday’s Age Newspaper on the attacks minus the politicians statements. Consider carefully – would bollards (hydraulic) have protected the pedestrians killed and injured? The attacker was deemed a ‘lone wolf’. What if he was a diversionary tactic? Did the authorities have the equipment to prevent further vehicular attack?

Eight people dead in New York City bike path ‘terror attack’

New York: Eight people were killed when a man drove a utility vehicle down a bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, before he jumped out with two fake guns and was shot by police officers.

Federal authorities were treating the incident as a terrorist attack, a senior law enforcement official said.

Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old New York attack suspect, is seen running down the street after he allegedly ran over cyclists and pedestrians in a utility vehicle.

Two law enforcement officials said that after the attacker got out of the truck, he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great”.

The attacker, in a rented Home Depot ute, hit numerous pedestrians and cyclists as he drove as many as 20 blocks south on the bike path, officials said.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports.

Saipov is reportedly an Uzbek national who has been in the US since 2010. He lived in Tampa, Florida and Ohio at different times and has a history of minor traffic violations.

Two law enforcement officials said that investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic inside the truck that indicated allegiance to Islamic State.

Saipov is expected to survive, meaning investigators will likely have a chance to question him about his motive for the attack, but so far, they said, he appeared to have been a “lone wolf” suspect – someone who acted alone after being inspired, but not directly instructed, by the Islamic State.

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The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports. Photo: St Charles Missouri Dept of Corrections

He had been living in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack, and rented the vehicle in that state before driving it into Manhattan, officials said.

Five friends from Argentina are among those killed in the attack.

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The damaged Home Depot truck came to rest in the bike lane in New York City.  Photo: AP

The compatriots, from the city of Rosario in central Argentina, were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation.

A statement from the ministry says it passed on its deepest condolences following the deaths of Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.

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Some people were being treated for injuries near a mangled school bus. Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

A sixth Argentinian man with the group named as Martin Ludovico Marro is being treated at the Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, the ministry added.

A Belgian woman was also killed when a driver ploughed into pedestrians and cyclists in New York.

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Initial reports said a van on the bike path had run down several people. Photo: Bebeto Matthews

Three more Belgians were also injured – a mother, father and child from the same family and are undergoing surgery, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told news agency Belga.

The suspect in the attack, identified as Sayfullo Saipov has come out of surgery after being shot by police and is expected to survive, CNN reports.

Eight people dead in New York City bike path ‘terror attack’

Eleven people were transported to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The ute eventually collided with a school bus, injuring two adults and two children. After the collision, the driver of the ute got out of the vehicle brandishing what appeared to be two guns.

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An image of the incident. Photo: Alex Cruz/IllmaticNYC

A local uniformed police officer confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen, police said.

The subject was wounded and transported to hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Tuesday night. A paintball gun and pellet gun were recovered at the scene.

It was the greatest loss of life from a suspected terrorist attack in New York since suicide hijackers crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

“There’s no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of one individual meant to cause pain and harm and probably death,” Cuomo said at a news conference.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that, based on the information they had, “this was an act of terror around a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians”.

Commissioner O’Neill said the motivation of the attack will form part of the investigation, which will be jointly conducted by the New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Look at the [modus operandi] of the attack, and he made a statement when he exited vehicle which suggests it was a terror attack,” he said.

Witnesses described gunshots ringing out, people scrambling for cover and a street strewn with bodies and crumpled bicycles.

A large section of the West Side Highway was closed for the investigation as hundreds of officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene. The truck came to a rest near Chambers and West Streets.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and “will be continually updated as more details are known”.

The motorist hit numerous people as nearby Stuyvesant High School was letting out for the day, officials said.

Students at the high school, one of the city’s elite public schools, reported that they saw a man shooting from a ute, and then saw the vehicle turn and strike a school bus.

Ramon Cruz, 27, said he saw a man crash his white ute and emerge from the vehicle at Chambers and West Streets.

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Mr. Cruz said the front of the ute was smashed and the driver appeared injured. Then Mr. Cruz said he heard someone yell, “he’s got a gun, run, run!”

Police officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene and several nearby buildings, including Stuyvesant, were placed on lockdown, with those inside told to take shelter.

The Fire Department said officials responded just after 3pm, local time, to reports of a mass casualty at Chambers and West Streets.

Source: theage.com.au

For further information on the Meridian Crash Barrier System please contact us at AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244 or leave your details on our contact page on the AML website.

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Permanent Bollards – How They Really Work

At AML Risk Management we are aware of a wide range of professional Bollards and Crash Barriers.

Today we feature another well engineered product from the UK. The concrete blocks laid out in all Australian Capital Cities are not truly Bollards. As Crocodile Dundee would say ‘This is a Bollard!’

There really is no reason why City Councils in Australian cities do not install permanent effective hydraulic and mechanical bollards. The equation on cost is simply not applicable when one looks at the carnage that occurred on Bourke St in Melbourne, January 2017.

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Regular and approved users of restricted pedestrian areas, such as trams, buses, some delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles can be fitted with sensors which lower then raise the bollards after the vehicle passes. These have been in operation, in cities such as Manchester, for some time in the UK.

The real issue is where ‘temporary crowds’ gather in places not equipped to manage vehicles or pedestrian traffic effectively. This can include sporting events, concerts, outdoor entertainment, marathon runs, race meetings and a number of other specific occasions where large crowds gather and frankly become potential targets.

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AML Risk Management have access to and provide a very effective range of crash barriers and vehicle mitigation devices. The Meridian Crash Barrier range is a portable range of crash barriers with proven capacity. The barriers can be easily deployed by either two or one persons.

Click here to view our previous blog where the units are fully explained via video. The Meridian Barriers have been widely used in the USA, at Port Facilities and Oil Refineries as well as in theatres of war such as Afghanistan (Kandahar Airport) and other places.

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AML Risk Management are both trained and proficient in providing the right protective strategy for specific events and locations and provide sensible, cost effective prevention and protective services.

Call now on 03 9326 2244 to enquire further on Crash Barriers or other service provision. Or leave your details here on our website and one of our friendly staff will contact you ASAP.

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Bollards provide a Crash Barrier

Crash barriers take on many forms. Here in 2014, pre London Bridge, Nice and Berlin the team from Fifth Gear test purpose built engineered Bollards. These are designed to be permanent fixtures in risk prone precincts.

AML utilises crash barriers from Meridian to provide similar protection wherever large crowds gather for one off events or promotions.

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There are many systems available and over the next few weeks we will post some videos showing just how to stop a rampaging vehicle.

Call us at AML Risk Management now on 03 9326 2244 or leave your details here for further information

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Vehicular assault, Crowd targets – Use Crash Barriers for Protection

Would be ‘terrorists’, enlisted on internet sites by bogus extremists, now choose vehicles as the weapon of choice. In France, Britain, Berlin, Stockholm and now Canada, young men – acting alone – steer large and small vehicles into crowds with only one purpose – to kill.

In North Carolina a person of different political persuasion does exactly the same thing. In Melbourne a suspected schizophrenic drives through lunch time crowds killing six people. What is the solution? The answer is restrict the access to pedestrian malls with Bollards and then to make one hundred percent sure with effective Crash Barriers.
Here is a report on the latest Canadian attack. Consider that Edmonton, Alberta is really a very large country town of 800,000 people. It could be compared to Greater Geelong or Newcastle. The attack was made on a football game crowd that drew a very large crowd.

Canada terror attack in Edmonton: Man arrested after ‘stabbing police officer, ramming police car

A suspected terrorist has been arrested after allegedly stabbing an officer and deliberately ramming pedestrians during a high-speed chase in a rented truck in Canada.

The rampage, which left five injured, began on Saturday evening outside a football stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, and ended hours later when the suspect’s U-Haul rental truck flipped onto its side with police in hot pursuit.

The suspect is believed to be 30-year-old Edmonton resident Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, according to CTV. Sharif is reportedly a Somalian national living in Canada as a refugee. Police have not yet laid charges, however the incident is being investigated as a terror attack.

The suspect was pulled out of the vehicle through the smashed front windshield and handcuffed, a witness, Pat Hannigan, told the Edmonton Journal.

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The suspect’s U-Haul rental truck flipped onto its side with police in hot pursuit. Picture: AFP/Michael Mukai Source:AFP

The recovery of an Islamic State flag from one of the vehicles used in the attacks led police to pursue the incidents as an act of terrorism.

“Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages,” Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the incident a “terrorist attack,” and urged Canadians to be vigilant.

“I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy,” he said in a statement. “While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against,” he said.

Mr Trudeau said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the country’s Integrated National Enforcement Team had joined the Edmonton police in its investigation.

“We cannot — and will not — let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear,” he said.

At approximately 8.15pm Saturday local time, a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium, where a Canadian Football League game was being played.

The car struck a police officer standing in front of his patrol car, “sending him flying 15 feet through the air” before crashing into his car.

“A male, believed to be 30 years of age, then jumped out of his vehicle and began viciously stabbing the officer with a knife, as a struggle ensued,” the police statement said.

The suspect then fled on foot and the police officer was rushed to a hospital. The scene was captured on a surveillance video which was released by the police.

Police set up roadblocks around the city of 800,000, and just before midnight police pulled over the U-Haul truck.

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Police investigate the scene where a car crashed into a roadblock in Edmonton. Picture: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP Source:AP

When police noticed that the name on the driver’s license was similar to that of the registered owner of the white Malibu, the man took off toward downtown Edmonton, according to the police account.

“He deliberately tried to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys” at two different places, Knecht told reporters.

“Currently, it is believed four pedestrians were struck by the truck and transported to hospital with multiple injuries,” it said.

Witnesses described a scene of stunned panic when the truck ploughed through pedestrians.

“There were people flying and everything,” Kim Andressen told the Edmonton Journal. “I’m shocked — I just see people flying.”

The chase ended when the suspect lost control of the truck, which flipped onto its side.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said he believed it was a “lone wolf” attack.

“Terrorism is about creating panic and disrupting people’s lives,” he said, adding that Edmontonians would “rise above hatred and division.”

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A U-Haul truck rests on its side after a high-speed chase with police in Edmonton. Picture: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP Source:AP

The incident was reminiscent of similar vehicle attacks by jihadists in Barcelona, London, Nice, Berlin and Stockholm.

In 2014, a Muslim convert ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, killing one of them. The assailant was shot to death after he tried to attack a police officer with a knife.

That incident came just two days before a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot and killed by a Canadian Muslim in an incident that spilt into the nearby Canadian parliament before he, too, was killed by police.

Several Canadians have joined the ranks of Islamic State over the past five years, and others have been intercepted and jailed on terrorism charges under a law made tougher after the attack in Ottawa.

In March 2016, a Canadian who said he was acting on orders of Allah attacked two soldiers with a knife at a recruitment centre in Toronto.

Canada is a member of the international coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria. Although it has withdrawn its combat aircraft from coalition operations, it still has special operations forces and trainers on the ground in Iraq.

From News Limited

This is a very real problem with a highly effective and simple solution – Crash Barriers.
When an event is planned in such a place, or in a major city, it’s possible to position effective crash barriers to protect the crowds from vehicular harm.

We have previously published a video of the Meridian Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle barrier. It’s worth reviewing. You can do so here [Link: https://amlrisk.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/crash-barriers-save-lives/%5D

In using these barriers AML Risk Management can guarantee that most vehicles can be stopped. The units are simple to assemble and deploy and just as easy to remove (with only one person if necessary).

AML is capable of deploying such barriers anywhere in Melbourne or Sydney at short notice. Bollards and untried, untrained static guards make little difference in such a determined attack. The Sydney Opera House, the MCG, the Bourke St Mall, Martin Place – all are vulnerable. Meridian’s motto is ‘Plan, Prepare, Protect.’ and at AML we can only agree. It is the foundation of the service we provide.

With the Spring Racing Carnival, the Cricket season with matches at the MCG, the SCG and the Gabba, and Christmas shopping just around the corner now is the time to take action. You do not get a second chance. Act now, act decisively.

Call AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244 for a free, no-obligation quotation on your venue or site. Or leave your details here and one of our trained supervisors will get back to you ASAP.

Gun Control and Protection of the Public

With the devastating event this week in Las Vegas whereby 59 people lost their lives and 500 were injured in a senseless mass shooting, the issue of Gun Control is firmly back on the agenda in the USA. Here in Australia, the Prime Minister of the time, John Howard, made a momentous decision after the terrible Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania on the 28-29th of April 1996.

Within a year the then Government had implemented the ‘National Firearms program Implementation Act 1996’ restricting the private ownership of high capacity semi automatic rifles, semi automatic shotguns and pump action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing. The implementation was given full support by the Commonwealth States and Territories. Similar laws were passed in Britain in 1997 in response to the Dunblane massacre which occurred 6 weeks before the Port Arthur massacre.

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In Australia there have been no mass shootings since the change in Gun Laws. Prior to the change in Gun Laws 13 mass shootings occurred in the previous 18 years (more than 4 people). Homicide rates have dropped 50%. The youth suicide rate where firearms are used has also dropped substantially.

The Shooter in Las Vegas had 23 weapons in the room and a mass of ammunition. Bullets were fired at up to 90 rounds every 10 seconds. He fired for over 10 minutes.

Rifles included AK47s and AR15s capable of delivering up to 935 rounds per minute. These were modified with ‘Bump Stocks’ enabling this type of firepower.

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The US has uncontrolled Gun ownership. In Nevada, its legal to carry weapons on the street to some extent. Quite frankly, it’s a free for all. Not so in Australia thankfully, but we still have serious issues with illegal weapons. It’s imperative that these are detected before any such tragedies occur.

Hand Guns are illegal for most people in Australia, yet criminals smuggle many such weapons into Australia.

To achieve optimum safety at events, transport hubs and other locations AML have secured the rights to the Evolv detection system.

Watch the video on this new and effective weapons detection system. It’s silent, efficient and can identify large and small weapons. It’s designed to prevent ‘Mass Casualty Threats’. It can process 700 people per hour. It’s quick, it’s thorough. Unlike the units currently in use at Airports, Courthouses and similar locations, these units do not require coin, key trays or wanding. Weapons are identified in terms of size and locations on the carrier’s body. Green light or red light, it’s that simple.

Australia is one of the safest locations in the world in respect to gun crime. Using equipment such as Evolv will ensure that this remains the case.

profile picFor further information, please leave your contact details here on our website or call 03 9326 2244 to book an Evolv device for your location.

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When Assessing Risk, Ensure Its Real

In the last few months there has been a constant stream of comments on this page from individuals professing to understand the Terrorism threat here in Australia. Frankly these responses are less than simplistic and at AML we now delete them. Comments based on ignorance add nothing to the conversation. For the purposes of perspective we reprint an interesting article from ABC News first published on the 10th of July, 2017.

“Australia, your misplaced fear is giving terrorists exactly what they want”
– written by Mehdi Hassan (See below)

At AML Risk Management we do not accept complacency. But to treat all immigrants as potential terrorists is just a nonsense – its ineffective and foolhardy.

This week sees the staging of the biggest outdoor Sports Event in Australia (quite possible the world) with the AFL Grand Final. Up to 100,000 people will pack into the MCG at Jolimont for that ‘one day in September’. For many Australians attending the AFL Grand Final is a ‘right of passage’.

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The security level is very high. There are bag searches and metal detection at all entrances. Visually this is a strong deterrent for would be ‘terrorists’. It is simply not an ‘easy’ target. The crowd has cameras watching it from all possible anges

However the reality day to day is that in large cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, there are myriad opportunities for those who would do harm. AML Risk Management provide real risk mitigation at a number of highly attended events such as the Royal Melbourne Show and the Caulfield Racetrack (Melbourne Racing Club).

The first step in mitigating risk is acknowledging reality. In doing so it’s possible to fully focus on what the real potential security issues are and intervene on those who would do us harm.

Take the time to read the article. Ultimately having a clear understanding provides a safer environment for all. Accurate intelligence ensures that effective prevention is both strategically well placed and in the end, remains effective.

Australia, your misplaced fear is giving terrorists exactly what they want

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What are Australians so afraid of? Why has fear started to paralyse your once-confident and uber-relaxed nation?

A recent ANU poll revealed that almost half of you (45 per cent) are now concerned that you or one of your family members could become the victim of a future terrorist attack, while more than half of you (56 per cent) think your government could do much more to prevent such an attack. Another poll found almost half of you (49 per cent) even support a Trump-esque ban on all Muslim immigration.

What is going on in a country that prides itself on a fair go for all?

Are you really so petrified by the possibility of a domestic terror attack?

Have you forgotten that yours is an island nation? That the Bali bombings back in October 2002 may have resulted in the tragic deaths of 88 Australians but there have been zero mass-casualty terror attacks on Australian soil since September 11, 2001?

Australia is not France. Nor is it the UK. Terrorism is a real and present danger, of course, yet terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of just five people in your country over the past two decades. That’s five too many but put that number in context, as Professor Greg Austin, an international security expert at the University of NSW, did last October: “More Australians have died at the hands of police (lawfully or unlawfully) in 10 years (50 at least from 2006 to 2015) or from domestic violence in just two years (more than 318 in 2014 and 2015) than from terrorist attacks in Australia in the last 20 years.”

Got that? You are also much more likely, as an Australian in Australia, to be killed falling out of bed in the morning than by a terrorist during the day. To borrow a phrase from the Aussie vernacular — fair dinkum!

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Perceptions miss the mark

Take it from this Pom journalist who has reported on the Eurozone crisis, the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump — whether it’s terrorism, crime or the state of the economy, you Aussies have less to worry about than most other Western nations.

Despite recent terror-inspired stabbings and deaths, the threat of “homegrown” extremism has been overstated. As even your government has conceded, “only a very small proportion of the population supports the use of violence to try to achieve ideological, religious or political goals.” Yes, about 100 Australian Muslims are believed to be fighting for Islamic State in Syria, which is 100 too many, but that’s a tiny fraction of the Australian Muslim community of 600,000-odd. (Incidentally, the proportion of your population that is Muslim is nine times smaller than many of you seem to think it is.)

The threat posed by bearded, dark-skinned foreigners has been equally overstated. Why do Muslim refugees, arriving by the boatload from war-torn Syria and Iraq, keep so many of you up at night? The truth is the security threat posed by such men, women and, yes, don’t forget children, is truly miniscule.

Don’t take my word for it: Duncan Lewis, the head of your national security agency, the ASIO, has said he has “absolutely no evidence to suggest there’s a connection between refugees and terrorism.”

Or as your deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, so memorably put it, there is as much a link between refugees and terrorism as there is “between testicles and terrorism.”

The model is working

The truth is that Australia should be the envy of the Western world. Yes, your country has an ugly — and in many ways, unresolved — history of racism and discrimination, both towards non-white immigrants and Aboriginal peoples. Yes, your government has failed, in the words of Human Rights Watch, to “respect international standards for asylum seekers and refugees”. Yes, you have a growing number of nativist politicians vying to be Australia’s Donald Trump, from Pauline Hanson to Jacqui Lambie.

Yet integration, by and large, is working in Australia, despite it having one of the highest foreign-born populations (28 per cent) in the West. In an era in which conservative leaders from Britain to France to Germany have been falling over one another to declare multiculturalism outdated or even dead, your current conservative government deserves praise for issuing a recent official statement declaring your country “the most successful multicultural society in the world”. “Australia,” wrote Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the foreword, “is an immigration nation …embracing its diversity.”

It is your remarkable and admirable diversity which the terrorists seek to disrupt and undermine; groups such as Islamic State do not hide the fact that their goal is to sow fear and division. Their little helpers in the West — the Trumps, the Le Pens, the Hansons, with their “Muslim bans” and obsession with “sharia” law — are, wittingly or unwittingly, bolstering their message.

Don’t believe me? Listen to the French journalist and former Islamic State hostage Nicolas Henin, who says the group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence.”

Islamist terrorists and Islamophobic politicians both want the same thing: for you to be filled with fear, suspicion, hate, anger.

So Australians, don’t give them what they want. Don’t be afraid. Be defiant. Don’t be frustrated. Be proud. Your nation could be a model for the rest of the West; a beacon of both immigration and integration. A nation that refuses to be cowed either by terrorist attacks or by those who would exploit terrorist attacks for partisan gain.

Many of us across the West are cheering you on. As the legendary American cartoonist Charles M Schulz put it, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”

Source: abc.net.au

Time for Real Protection – Real Safety – Real Surety

At AML Risk Management we consider the immediacy of risk. Government agencies such as the Police, ASIO and Defence Forces are assigned the role of providing accurate intelligence on potential threats and then acting appropriately. In Australia to date these agencies have demonstrated a very good record in both intelligence and in curtailing potentially disastrous activity by dissidents of all persuasions. At AML we see our role as the failsafe solution. Should parties with malicious or aggressive motives manage to bypass the authorities, AML can provide the equipment and expertise to both negate and neutralise such threats posed by these groups and individuals.

Many observers look at events such as the AFL football finals, the Spring Racing Carnival, the Moto Grand Prix at Phillip Island, the Melbourne Marathon and other major events as being likely targets for terrorist activity. From a publicity perspective, yes these events are the most attractive to groups such as ISIS. However from a logistical perspective, these are very difficult events for would be terrorists. All have very high security presence, multiple camera CCTV and a high Police presence. Bag searches, wanding and surveillance make large one off events very difficult targets.

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Consider pedestrian shopping malls, transport hubs and recreational locations. These areas are exposed. Any type of vehicle can cause very serious injury in the space of a few moments.

Consider what happened in Europe this summer. In Britain, small vans mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge with the occupants leaping out and randomly stabbing people. The Manchester bombing was at a theatre and the detonation was timed to cause maximum damage.

In Nice, and in Berlin, trucks were driven into festive crowds. The perpetrators deliberately pick what are largely uncontrolled inattentive crowds, in relatively easily accessed public spaces. This was again recently crudely and clumsily replicated in Spain.

Two things can alleviate such danger. Firstly a combination of fixed and permanent bollards with Crash Barriers installed specifically for the nominated events can almost totally negate any vehicular traffic other than authorised emergency and Police vehicles.

AML Risk Management supply and deploy a range of crash barriers. These units are designed to stop a vehicle moving at speed. Here is a video demonstrating how the unit works…

Secondly the AML team provide the most modern, up to date explosive detection devices available here in Australia. The devices are compact, portable and extremely accurate, with trained personnel operating the equipment.

Most importantly, the devices are mobile so there is no ‘checking station’. Should any suspicious package be found, AML have equipment and protocols that will ensure the effectiveness of any explosive device is minimised by 90%.

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Too many people focus on where the possible protagonists come from. Quite frankly it’s irrelevant after an attack is activated, and in 80% of cases so far, the bombers and terrorists are actually young misguided ‘home grown’ young men targeted by extremists from outside of to their local communities.

AML Risk Management take a common sense pragmatic approach to public safety and security. When contracted to do so it is our job to ensure the safety of families, of innocent people, innocent lives. If you would like to find out more please visit our website here or call us on 03 9326 2244.

Prepare, protect and provide a safe comfortable environment for the public.

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