The threat of a terrorist attack in this country is very real in the aftermath of the horrific events in Paris last week.
A Heysham security firm is readying itself by offering counter terrorism training to its 125 staff.
Lingwood Security has made it a mandatory requirement for its employees to take a counter terrorism awareness course called Project Griffin.
This was developed by the City of London Police and introduced in London in April 2004 to advise and familiarise managers, security officers and employees of large public and private sector organisations across the capital on security, counter terrorism and crime prevention issues.
“We are not doing this is response to the Paris incident, this is something that we have been planning as we are aware of the threat and we want to be pro-active rather than re-active to incidents across the globe,” said a spokesman for Lingwood Security.
The course includes input from police, information on current threats, do’s and don’ts, and knowledge of how explosive devices operate.
Lingwood Security staff work all over the country and overseas.
Clients include rail network operators, national utility suppliers, construction firms, multinational corporations, educational and health providers, government agencies, as well as local companies.
The business was set up by Morecambe man Alan Lingwood in 1995. Training will begin at the firm’s Penrod Way office next Wednesday (January 21).