The Life Safety of Security at ASIS Toronto
By Canadian SecurityNews Industry News
On Jan. 27, over 60 security professionals from around the world attended the ASIS International Toronto Chapter event “The Life Safety of Security” offered by the world most elite firefighter training centre, the Fire & Emergency Service Training Institute (FESTI).
The event, provided the security community a first look at FESTI’s new one day certificate training program, developed with vital input by police, fire, and EMS experts, with vital contributions from facility operations and code compliance professionals.
“The training is designed to bridge the gaps in current life safety training in the security industry, and provide the true first responders tools to fully integrate Life Safety into existing security programs,” says Jason Reid, co-developer of the program.
The event was held at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute, located within the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Speakers included the GTAA Deputy Fire Chief as well as the president and senior adviser of National Life Safety Group & former chair of BOMA Toronto’s Emergency Management Committee. The event reviewed the broad term of “Life Safety”, as well as best practices in security program integration and awareness of building critical infrastructure and facility life safety features. The ASIS event included a catered lunch, industry networking opportunities, and a smoke tower high-rise simulated evacuation under smoke conditions. In addition, the program reviewed best practices outlined in details in FESTI’s one day certificate program
“ASIS Toronto strives to put on fun and informative events and I think this is a great example of where partnerships between organizations can achieve such a goal,” says Mike Soberal, chair, ASIS Toronto Chapter.
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