Hostile Vehicle Mitigation is a must for all street Festivals in Melbourne

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Each year in Melbourne – in fact all capital cities in Australia – Street Festivals are held in inner city locations attracting very large crowds. Melbourne plays host to an abundance of festivals varying from religious celebrations and street parties to Gay Pride marches. Such events attract crowds in their thousands, and require security measures to ensure the event attendees are safe from vehicle access by dangerous vehicles.

Events and Festivals of this stature often use pedestrian malls or similar locations to present stall holders with food, produce and other interesting goods. The streets are closed off but not necessarily effectively. A determined person in a vehicle can easily gain access in many cases.

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Permanent electric retractable bollards and other fixtures alike may have proven to be a solution for vehicle mitigation needs, but how do we rationalise the purchase and installation of such equipment for short-term annual events and street festivals? It simply can’t be done. Temporary solutions such as water-filled barriers and concrete blocks are available, but remain unadaptable in the event of an emergency or changing conditions. With upwards of 10,000 people filling these events, there is a requirement for a more practical portable barrier.

With its rapid deployment and removal, and adaptable configurations, Meridians Archer 1200 Barrier System is the solution we’ve been waiting for. Further information can be found on our website.

 

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Crash Barriers Save Lives

The recent tragedy this week in Charlottesville, Carolina in the USA clearly illustrates the absolute common sense in deploying portable barriers to block vehicular traffic where crowds may be at risk.

Watch the video of the incident. It’s simply frightening. The driver of the Dodge Challenger accelerates and slams into two parked cars and the many pedestrians on the road.

It’s a clear message that Police and City Authorities worldwide need to consider portable crash barriers and then deploy them at ‘at risk’ events and venues.

Watch this video of a car travelling at approximately 55km/h hitting such Crash Barriers…

In this case the barriers are the Meridian Archer 1200 Rapid Defence Barriers. Note that the vehicle is stopped completely. Yes, the barriers would probably require personnel keeping a space clear behind them, but it’s obvious that the carnage that occurred in Charlottesville would have been avoided should these units have been deployed.

Now watch this video which demonstrates the simplicity and ease in which the Meridian Archer 1200 Barriers can be unloaded and deployed – with only one person if necessary.

It makes real sense to make such an investment in protecting lives. In the first video there are bollards protecting the footpaths on either side of the road. But the footage clearly demonstrates that when roads are occupied by crowds – for any reason – there is need to provide real protection from those – of any political, ideological persuasion or simply those of unstable mental capacity – who would do them harm.

The vehicle has now become one of the weapons of choice with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), automatic weapons and blades. In the last year we have witnessed Nice, Berlin, Charlottesville and Melbourne being subjected to vehicular attack, generally by unstable individuals. What they do or don’t believe is irrelevant. The real challenge is to protect people as effectively as possible from death and serious injury. Mobile Rapid Defence Barriers achieve this as is evidenced in the videos presented.

AML Risk Management can deploy such crash barriers anywhere in Melbourne at short notice. The Meridian Group work to the adage of Plan, Prepare, Protect. At AML we not only agree but insist on this approach, it is the foundation of the service we provide.

It’s time to take action now. Action that is effective and timely. There are no second chances.

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