Proudly Protecting Pride – Anti-Vehicle Barriers Secure Midsumma March

Sweltering temperatures failed to deter participants and spectators from attending the 2019 Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 3rd of February 2019. Thousands lined the streets to show their support to the LGBTQIAP+ community. The Parade commenced with a thrilling display from the Dykes on Bikes group. With their roaring engines marking the first wave of marchers, spectators edged as close as possible to the parade and cheered as the colourful bike procession made its way down Fitzroy Street towards Catani Gardens.

Each year Midsumma Pride March has attracted crowds from all across Victoria, with a remarkable number of businesses and organisations participating in the event. Victoria Police had a more than 150 officers taking part in the march, escorted by the distinctive sounds of the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Life Saving Victoria also had significant involvement in the event with representatives distributing refreshing ice tea as an aid to the extreme heat.

Midsumma Pride March had a dedicated team coordinating the logistics of the parade. With such a large number of participants all hands were on deck to ensure the event operations ran without a hitch and all were pleased with the celebration.

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Since beginning portable hostile vehicle barrier deployments in 2018, the Midsumma Pride March required the largest deployment of Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barriers completed by AML Risk Management. 40 of the resilient barriers were placed at the beginning and end of the Fitzroy Street parade route, with a few of them aiding other mitigating technology discreetly on side streets.

In January 2019, 18 Archer 1200 barriers were added to the 22 units based in Melbourne. The increase comes after a rise in demand for hostile vehicle mitigation barriers required to secure events. In 2018 the first fleet of 18 Archer barriers made their debut appearance in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Markets 2018 Mussel and Jazz Festival. Since this first deployment the barriers have begun to appear across Melbourne and were also a part of Australia Day celebrations in South Perth.

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“Hostile vehicle intrusion is an ongoing threat that shouldn’t be ignored” says AML Risk Managements Managing Director Andrew Duffy. “The duty of care to patrons at any event should involve considering and adapting to the possibility of breach by hostile vehicle”.

AML Risk Management Pty Ltd are able to complete a detailed assessment for any location or event considering implementing hostile vehicle barriers. For more information on the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barriers please visit www.amlrisk.com.au. If you would like to discuss a free no-obligation quote or assessment please contact barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email events@amlrisk.com.au.

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Archer Barriers Make Perth Debut

Australians everywhere have embraced the true spirit of Australia Day over the long weekend. Whether attending a barbeque with friends and family or joining the festivities each major city had to offer, there was no shortage of celebrations. With most major cities concluding the day with a fireworks display, the City of South Perth put on a particularly stirring demonstration at the Skyshow along the South Perth foreshore.

The Skyshow came in conclusion to the family friendly Celebration Day which began at 1:30pm with the peak attendance at approximately 7:00pm. A crowd of over 300,000 was expected to attend the Skyshow making it one of the largest Australia day events. Families, couples and people of all ages attended and watched in awe of the spectacular show and were not disappointed by the extensive display. Both sides of the Swan River were lined with people settling in to get the best possible view for the night.

With crowds at this capacity the logistics behind the event require detailed planning and assessments to ensure safety for all, over the duration of the day. Security guards were placed over the site to assist patrons and police could be found all around to maintain public order. Many road closures and traffic diversions were put into place throughout the day in preparation for the large expected attendance.

Implemented along with traffic management equipment, the Archer 1200 portable barrier system was positioned at the entrance to the carpark next to the foreshore. Soft technologies such as traffic cones and street closure signs were placed as the initial vehicle diversion. Strategically located a few metres behind, was a secure line of 6 Archer 1200 barriers. Each barrier was connected to the next, in order to stop any potential breach by dangerous vehicles.

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In 2018 the Archer 1200 barrier, engineered and manufactured by Meridian Rapid Defence Group, was introduce to Melbourne Australia. AML Risk Management Pty Ltd was chosen as the Australia provider for barrier rentals. Since the barriers arrival, the Archer 1200’s have been used to secure events throughout Melbourne including the 2018 Police Remembrance March and Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. Making their debut appearance in Perth at the City of South Perth’s Celebration Day, the Archer 1200 system can be expected to be seen more frequently in Western Australia.

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AML Risk Management Pty Ltd are able to provide a detailed assessment and quote for any event or location in need of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers. For imformation please visit our website. To discuss you mitigation needs please contact 03 9326 2244 and ask for Coordinator Emerald Forrest, or email events@amlrisk.com.au.

Festivities Begin with Barriers

Celebrations for the Vietnamese-Chinese New Year have begun in full force with the season initiated by the Victoria Street Lunar Festival, Richmond. With a multitude of food vendors, performers and market stalls on offer from Hoddle Street to Church Street, crowds rallied and shared in the excitement of the first festive instalment for the year of the Pig.

While crowds congregated in the street and actively participated in all the day had to offer, extensive security and risk management planning was being put in to action. While as necessary for festivals of this variety, security was placed throughout the site to maintain order. Meanwhile, 12 Archer 1200 barriers were strategically positioned at the main closure points to protect attendees from breach by dangerous vehicles.

With stalls and other attractions the event had to offer positioned a significant distance from the streets closure points, the barriers were placed somewhat inconspicuously at each end. An Archer 1200 barrier weighs an impressive 400kg and is ready to protect once locked into place. Accessories and strategic placement of the barriers can also allow for emergency vehicle access. The tested and PAS 68 certified Modular design of the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barrier means environmental factors can be taken into consideration to allow a suitable deployment.

Globally we have continued to see an increase in vehicles used as improvised weapons targeting crowds with devastating results. Two vehicle attacks took place during New Year’s celebrations over the 31st of December 2018 to the 1st of January 2019 reminding us that we must always remain vigilant.

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While organisers are aware of the threat of vehicles driven by those intent on causing harm, we must also consider the fact that accidental misconduct can result in a vehicle entering a secured zone. Be that someone mistaking the accelerator for the brake, or a driver not realising their vehicle has veered off track due to a moments distraction, vehicle barriers are a sure way to keep the public safe.

To discuss your mitigation needs or for a free no-obligation quote or assessment, please contact Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email us at events@amlrisk.com.au. For more information please visit our website – www.amlrisk.com.au.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.

 

Vehicle Security – Ready and Rising

Portable anti-vehicle barriers have rapidly become an unquestionable necessity for stakeholders everywhere. With the use of vehicles as improvised weapons on the rise, the threat has regrettably become very real.

Over 2018 a number of vehicle attacks were carried out globally. Though not all resulted in fatalities, the lives of those injured and involved in such events were more than significantly impacted. With each occurrence inducing an alarming sense of reality, more and more preventative measures are being implemented to preserve and protect lives.

Recently at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA, US) a number of the Archer 1200 portable anti-vehicle barriers, engineered and manufactured by Meridian Rapid Defence Group, have been deployed. These security measures were put into place to increase the safety of an event expected to draw a crowd of more than 700,000. While this is not the first time the barriers have been used at this location, it is the largest deployment the Rose Bowl has seen. The quantity of barriers used on the 1st of January 2019 was more than double that which was used at the 2018 Rose Bowl Game.

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Meridian Rapid Defence Group service a number of locations across America and have assisted in securing major events and locations such as the Mardi Gras Parade, GRAMMY awards and Washington Naval base. Melbourne has now seen deployments of its own take place after AML Risk Management Pty Ltd were chosen as the Australian provider of the Archer 1200.

Major events such as Carols by Candlelight have been secured by the Archer 1200 system. Catering to these events is a complex task as vehicles and pedestrians flock to surrounding areas in high volumes. Anti-Vehicle barriers must be able to protect the area from vehicles without hindering a pedestrian’s ability to move freely through the area.

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Plans must also consider that each event or location may require authorised vehicle access, be that staff or emergency vehicles. The modular design of the Archer 1200 allows comprehensive configurations to be deployed. Vehicle access may be granted as necessary and strength levels of the deployment can be increased in response to varied threat levels.

For more information on the Archer 1200 barriers please visit http://www.amlrisk.com.au/hostile-vehicle-mitigation-barriers.html. AML Risk Management are able to provide a free no-obligation quote or assessment upon request. To receive your free quote or assessment please contact coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email us at events@amlrisk.com.au.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Remains Necessary

Over New Years Eve, an event that is celebrated globally, two reported vehicle attacks have taken place. The vehicle attacks were carried out at popular tourists locations in Tokyo and Germany, injuring more than a dozen people including two children.

While the motives behind using a vehicle as an improvised weapon in these two cases and others alike may vary, the aftermath can be equally as devastating.

Authorities are quick to respond and take action to prevent the continuation of any attack. The bravery of those who are quick to attend high risk situations is remarkable, and sadly necessary when in the presence of an attacker with intent to cause harm.

Celebrations such as New Years Eve draw crowds to events and festivals, but also to iconic locations. It is at these times that police, security and risk management personnel are increased and used to ensure crowds are able to enjoy the festivities in the safest way possible.

In 2018 Melbourne has seen the introduction of modular vehicle barriers that are PAS 68 Certified and have the ability to harden the perimeter of crowd heavy locations. The Archer 1200 Portable Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers have been used at a large-scale in the US and are catching the attention of safety planners in Australia.

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Each unit can easily be deployed by 1 person, and is ready to protect once in place. The unique modular design of the Archer 1200, means that the configurations can be adapted in response to changing threat levels and the site environment. Through the use of accessories, emergency vehicle access may also be granted in the event it is required.

AML Risk Management is able to provide a detailed assessment for any site or location requiring vehicle mitigation barriers. To book your assessment, or for a free no-obligation consultation, please email us or call 03 9326 2244 and ask for barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest.

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Planning Starts with Safety.

Vision Australia’s annual Carols by Candlelight event was once again a roaring success on Christmas Eve 2018. With crowds in their thousands flocking to the star-studded event, Vision Australia was able to raise money for those living with impaired vision. The event was filled with much-loved Australian musical talents, including the likes of Dami Im and Anthony Callea.

While those who attended were able to enjoy the nights entertainment and sing along to Christmas classics, organizers had prioritized the safety of the events attendees by opting to deploy anti-vehicle barriers.

The Archer 1200 portable hostile vehicle mitigation system had been deployed at three road closures to assist in securing the event.

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With changing circumstances world-wide, we can never be too careful. When the option to improve security measures is available, organizers and stakeholders everywhere are taking the right steps to ensure our safety.

Short-term deployment makes the Archer 1200 the perfect solution for hardening the perimeter of locations drawing crowds for events and other festivities. The modular design means each deployment configuration can be adapted to suit the event, environment and threat levels at any given location.

For more information or to arrange a free no obligation quote, please email us or call 03 9326 2244 and ask for Barrier Coordinator Emerald Forrest.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.

 

What is Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

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Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

Vehicle-borne threats range from vandalism to sophisticated or aggressive attack by determined criminals or terrorists or simply a mentally unstable individual losing control. The mobility and payload capacity of a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device, although the vehicle itself may be used as a weapon. Determining a vehicle-borne threat, assessing site strengths and vulnerabilities, and identifying suitable options for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures is simply sensible planning.

Determining the type of vehicle-borne threat being faced

When specifying the nature of the vehicle-borne threat it is important to understand:

  • Modus Operandi (MO).  This includes parked, penetrative, encroachment, deception and duress or a combination of attack methods including surreptitious and forcible attack on the barrier, or simply opportunistic and unplanned chaos
  • Threat vehicle(s) – Unmodified road vehicles with specific characteristics – mass, speed and structure, as well as vehicle specific capabilities

For explosive situations:

  • Blast effect – especially if considering VBIED attack
  • Blast stand-off distance – must be considered in conjunction with the site operational needs and security plan

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How to assess the strengths and vulnerabilities of my site to vehicle-borne threats?

Once the nature of threat is understood, practitioners should take a methodical and considered approach to determine their safety objectives and highlight security vulnerabilities:

  • Develop detailed security requirements for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation – Operational Requirements (OR)
  • User Requirement Document (URD) if not covered in the detailed requirements – addressing additional business needs e.g. stakeholder liaison, planning and design
  • Practical site assessment – a layered approach incorporating the local area, blast stand-off, traffic management and vehicle access control
  • Technical assessment –  Vehicle Dynamics Assessment (VDA) at specific locations based on the relevant threat vehicle(s)
  • Liaison with technical or security

How can I reduce the vulnerability of my site and mitigate vehicle-borne threats?

Based on the agreed objectives and site assessment, a range of options can be incorporated into the design of a robust HVM strategy:

  • Principles of hostile vehicle mitigation – determine the aims of the HVM strategy and how it will integrate with other site security measures
  • Traffic calming – can be used to limit vehicle approach speeds to a manageable level
  • Vehicle Security Barriers (VSB) –  provide proven vehicle impact protection and maintain blast stand-off.
  • Traffic management – when and how legitimate traffic will access the site
  • Vehicle access control – consider deployment of active Vehicle Security Barriers solutions, access procedures, long term operational management and emergency access

Public realm integration

Integration of HVM measures within the public realm is increasingly common and whilst requiring the application of informed design choices meeting the needs of numerous stakeholders, can provide proportionate security measures without impinging on the needs of local businesses or functionality

Source: https://www.cpni.gov.uk/hostile-vehicle-mitigation

One of the best options is the Meridian Defence Group’s specially designed Crash Barriers.

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AML Risk Management are the Australian providers of the Meridian Defence Group’s Crash Barriers – the Archer 1200 system. The Archer 1200 system has been deployed here in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Market for the Mussels and Jazz Festival, as well as at several Anzac Day Commemoration events. These events attracted large pedestrian crowds. The Archer 1200 units provide real protection from hostile vehicles. A vehicle weighing 1.5 tonnes travelling at 30mph is stopped instantly and effectively by these barriers.

The Archer 1200 units can be easily deployed by one or two persons as well as demounted in the same manner.

With significant crowds gathering in places not specifically designed for crowd movement there is real need to protect such people from hostile vehicles.

To arrange a free no-obligation quotation or simply to facilitate an informational consultation please call 9326 2244 and ask for M/s Emerald Forrest, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Supervisor or her colleague M/s Irene Rentifis. Emerald can provide an accurate assessment and analysis of your event’s exposure to hostile vehicle intrusion and recommend strategies to protect your event and its patrons.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.

 

Fun Runs – It’s Time to be Vigilant.

Melbourne is famous for its Fun Runs and Marathons. Fun Runs are somewhat different in that they attract people of all ages and all capabilities with very large crowds gathering at the beginning and end of the runs, often with many thousands of people running. This year already we have seen a number of runs and between now and Christmas there are another 8 runs planned for inner city locations – from St Kilda to the Albert Park Lake Reserve, Alexander Gardens and the Tan Track, the MCG and Flemington Racecourse.

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As well as these events, there are many events scheduled for rural and provincial areas and cities. The full schedule is available at http://www.runcalendar.com.au

Such events create temporary crowds of large numbers. It is timely to consider the possibility of Hostile Vehicle intrusions. Perhaps the Boston Marathon is a good example of how such events can be targeted. Hostile Vehicle attacks are on the rise. In Australia those that have occurred are random and generally carried out by mentally unstable persons.

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Hostile Vehicle Mitigation is an item likely to be high on the various event’s organisers agendas. With thousands of people participating and crowding at the start and finish lines, it is good to be mindful of potential risks.

One of the best options is the Meridian Defence Group’s specially designed Crash Barriers.

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AML Risk Management are the Australian providers of the Meridian Defence Group’s Crash Barriers – the Archer 1200 system. The Archer 1200 system has been deployed here in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Market for the Mussels and Jazz Festival, as well as at several Anzac Day Commemoration events. These events attracted large pedestrian crowds. The Archer 1200 units provide real protection from hostile vehicles. A vehicle weighing 1.5 tonnes travelling at 30mph is stopped instantly and effectively by these barriers.

The Archer 1200 units can be easily deployed by one or two persons as well as demounted in the same manner.

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With significant crowds gathering in places not specifically designed for crowd movement there is real need to protect such people from hostile vehicles.

To arrange a free no-obligation quotation or simply to facilitate an informational consultation please call 9326 2244 and ask for M/s Emerald Forrest, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Supervisor or her colleague M/s Irene Rentifis. Emerald can provide an accurate assessment and analysis of your event’s exposure to hostile vehicle intrusion and recommend strategies to protect your event and its patrons.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.

AFL Finals across Australia – preparations underway.

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For Melburnians, September means AFL Finals – Australian Rules Football at its best. But these days the final series extends right across Australia as AFL is now truly a National Code. In recent years Finals matches have been played in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The Grand Final remains the ultimate in crowd drawing fixtures. Each year no matter which teams are competing, the MCG looks at holding just on 100,000 people. This is an enormous crowd. Interstate Finals draw up to 50,000 people.

With changing circumstances worldwide, hostile Vehicle Attacks remain a possibility. Last year on Grand Final Day a young unlicensed driver drove his family’s small SUV sedan erratically up and down Swanston St and in a thoroughly threatening manner on the Swanston St – Flinders St intersection directly outside Melbourne’s major Transport Hub, Flinders St Station. Police acted decisively and no person was injured. The culprit was found to be severely, undiagnosed autistic teenager 16 years of age, dressed in camouflage fatigues carrying an extendable baton.

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This year there are likely to be Finals matches in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Over a five week period, culminating in the Grand Final in Melbourne held at the MCG. On the Friday before Grand Final, the annual Grand Final Parade will occur on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD.

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation is an item likely to be high on the various event’s organisers agendas. With thousands of people thronging in crowds to reach the game, it is good to be mindful of potential risks.

One of the best options is the Meridian Defence Group’s specially designed Crash Barriers.

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AML Risk Management are the Australian providers of the Meridian Defence Group’s Crash Barriers – the Archer 1200 system. The Archer 1200 system has been deployed here in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Market for the Mussels and Jazz Festival, as well as at several Anzac Day Commemoration events. These events attracted large pedestrian crowds. The Archer 1200 units provide real protection from hostile vehicles. A vehicle weighing 1.5 tonnes travelling at 30mph is stopped instantly and effectively by these barriers.

The Archer 1200 units can be easily deployed by one or two persons as well as demounted in the same manner.

With significant crowds gathering in places not specifically designed for crowd movement there is real need to protect such people from hostile vehicles.

To arrange a free no-obligation quotation or simply to facilitate an informational consultation please call 9326 2244 and ask for M/s Emerald Forrest, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Supervisor or her colleague M/s Irene Rentifis. Emerald can provide an accurate assessment and analysis of your event’s exposure to hostile vehicle intrusion and recommend strategies to protect your event and its patrons.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.

 

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival.

Each year in late October and early November, Melbourne hosts the Spring Racing Carnival. popular events are held at a number of venues with large crowds attending. As well the city hosts the Melbourne Cup Parade in the CBD with thousands attending the event each year.

Some of the largest crowds to attend public sporting events attend the various race meetings. The venues host such crowds only once a year.

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Hostile Vehicle Mitigation is an issue high on the organisers agendas. With surrounding streets filled with race-goers and attendees, it is good to be mindful of potential risks.

One of the best options is the Meridian Defence Group’s specially designed Crash Barriers.

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AML Risk Management are the Australian providers of the Meridian Defence Group’s Crash Barriers – the Archer 1200 system. The Archer 1200 system has been deployed here in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Market for the Mussels and Jazz Festival, as well as at several Anzac Day Commemoration events. These events attracted large pedestrian crowds. The Archer 1200 units provide real protection from hostile vehicles. A vehicle weighing 1.5 tonnes travelling at 30mph is stopped instantly and effectively by these barriers.

 

The Archer 1200 units can be easily deployed by one or two persons as well as demounted in the same manner.

With significant crowds gathering in places not specifically designed for crowd movement there is real need to protect such people from hostile vehicles.

To arrange a free no-obligation quotation or simply to facilitate an informational consultation please call 9326 2244 and ask for M/s Emerald Forrest, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Supervisor or her colleague M/s Irene Rentifis. Emerald can provide an accurate assessment and analysis of your event’s exposure to hostile vehicle intrusion and recommend strategies to protect your event and its patrons.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.