The long-standing relationship developed, with Securitas expanding its scope of work to provide an increasingly specialist service across BAE Systems sites at Barrow-in-Furness, Manchester, Scotstoun, Govan, Portsmouth, Bishopton, Washington, Radway Green and Glascoed.
Almost 300 Securitas officers work with BAE Systems, with around half of the total personnel stationed at Barrow, in Cumbria. It is the heart of BAE Sytems submarine facility, which has delivered battle-winning vessels and is set to build next generation nuclear- deterrent submarines that are the largest and most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy.
In order to secure multi-million pound assets at the site, Securitas support includes security staff, front of house, reception, alarm monitoring, key holding, control room operators and mobile response.
Specialist services concentrated at the Barrow premises comprises fire safety, emergency medical technicians and rigid inflatable boat operators.
In November 2010 a new fire service was added at the request of BAE Systems, following changes to legislation to ensure organisations had adequate fire cover in proportion to risk. A crew of 29 professionally- trained fire and rescue officers were commissioned as first attack fire fighters providing a team of six Securitas personnel per shift led by the BAE Systems fire and incident liaison officers (FILOs). Their remit was to offer 24 hour cover, seven days a week, 365 days a year, alongside executing their day-to-day duties.
Dave John has worked for BAE Systems for almost 40 years and is instrumental in outsourcing the contract. He believes the partnership is a great success. He explains: “We’re a large site at Barrow, and there are a vast number of challenges for Securitas in the supply and service. Being assured that our security is being handled correctly and efficiently is crucial, and officers are tasked with helping BAE Systems manage access control to protect our most vital assets, along with fire service which has had a significant impact.”