Housing arsonists and reporting 50 fires a week yet HM Prison Service fails dismally on fire safety

The Grenfell disaster prompted the editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales to issue a freedom of information request to the organisation responsible for fire safety in prisons. What was sent in response he found deeply troubling . Writing for, Mark Leech said the issue of fire safety had never really crossed my mind during his 20 years in the role until the Grenfell inferno unfolded.

The fat that fire safety is not mentioned in any inspection report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons augured badly as he began his research. The expectations document on which all prison inspections are based doesn t mention the word fire once, he said. The documents returned to Leech revealed that every single CPFIG inspection conducted in the year to June 2017 there were 19 in total had failed statutory fire safety tests and resulted in non-compliance orders. In some cases Statutory Enforcement Notices were then issued to prison governors who failed to take action within the 28-day period stipulated. Governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Mark Leech, editor, Prisons Handbook for England and Wales There were nearly 50 fires a week 2,580 in total in England and Wales in 2016, Parliament heard in March. Fire safety in prisons is the responsibility of the Crown Properties Fire Inspection Group (CPFIG), based in the Home Office. It was to CPFIG that Leech submitted his freedom of information request, asking for copies of all CPFIG fire safety inspection reports on prison and young offender establishments carried out in the last 12 months. Problems found at a prison in Bristol included: Inadequate personal emergency evacuation plans Ignition sources discovered too close to combustible materials Ventilation ductwork between cells did not adequately protect against the spread of fire Emergency doors were difficult to open A lack of water misting equipment Multiple shortcomings Seizing on the information disclosed to Leech, The Chronicle has reported that fire inspectors have uncovered multiple shortcomings in fire safety measures at HMP Northumberland.

Inspectors identified inadequate measures to control the risk of fire and smoke spreading within common areas and staff have not been given enough training about how to deal with a fire in a cell. More than 83,000 men and women are currently incarcerated in UK prisons, which equates to 148.3 prisoners per 100,000 people more than three times that of the Netherlands and much higher than Spain (137.9), France (98.3), Italy (86.4) and Germany (77.4). Despite the soaring prison population, 900m has been slashed from the prison budget since 2010. Speaking to the Independent in the wake of his disclosures, Leech said: You ve got criminals including arsonists, but also many people with mental health problems. In that atmosphere, governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Such shortcomings would not be tolerated in any other place than in prisons, he added. It is obvious from the shocking reports that I have uncovered that the theory and practice are light-years apart. Continuing Crown Immunity from prosecution for failures in places which have 50 fires a week and which, by necessity detain those with mental health problems and convictions for arson, must now surely end it is simply inexplicable in this day and age. A Prison Services spokesperson said: We take fire safety extremely seriously.

All nineteen prisons have undertaken immediate action to address the recommendations made by the inspection group. Every single prison across the estate has a mandatory annual fire risk assessment, carried out by a fire safety specialist, and individual fire strategies in place which are closely monitored. Cladding The Ministry of Justice insists that none of its prisons have the type of cladding believed to have been used at Grenfell Tower. In 2015, the National Offender Management Service published Fire Safety in Prison Establishments , which outlines the requirements on the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with regards to providing a fire safety compliant environment in Public Sector Prisons. In July last year, Clive Webster, a senior fire consultant from BB7, wrote on IFSEC Global that the prison service would benefit from formalising its fire-risk-management system using PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification . Published in 2013, PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification emerged from a steering group that included representatives from CFOA, The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Fire Sector Federation and the Association of British Insurers. Using PAS 7 2013 it is possible to improve fire safety while achieving process improvements and reducing the cost of compliance overtime, wrote Webster.

At a time when purse strings have never been tighter and the need to improve fire safety has never been so high on the agenda, PAS 7 could provide the solution to the problems highlighted by the media.

PAS 7 presents requirements for an organisational fire risk management system (FRMS), which can be applied in organizations operating across multiple sites, separate management divisions within an organization, or individual premises within a single entity, Ben Bradford, MD of BB7, wrote in 2014.

Eagle Eye Networks acquires Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV

Cloud-based video surveillance Eagle Eye Networks has acquired Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV (PCMSEU), whose flagship products are Panasonic Cameramanager and Panasonic Nubo. The two companies operate in the same market cloud-based video surveillance with Eagle Eye Networks the dominant force in North America and PCMSEU the clear European leader. PCMSEU operates more cloud-recorded cameras than any other company in Europe by some distance.

The acquisition of CMSEU gives Eagle Eye Networks a bridgehead into the European market and creates a truly global player in a still nascent cloud surveillance market that is growing at a much faster rate than the conventional DVR/NVR segment. Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV will be renamed Eagle Eye Networks BV. Serving as the European headquarters for Eagle Eye, the European giant will now sell and support the expanded Eagle Eye product line. Our dealers in Europe have responded with overwhelming support for this acquisition. It will greatly enhance our sales and support efforts in the European market, said Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. The strong and experienced team in cloud video surveillance at our new Eagle Eye EMEA headquarters will make it possible for us to provide a tremendous level of support to all of our dealers in the region. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now.

The Eagle Eye NuboCam All PCMSEU employees will be retained following the deal. Cameramanager co-founders Rishi Lodhia and Tijmen Vos will remain with the company as managing director and technical director of Eagle Eye Networks EMEA respectively. Said Rishi Lodhia: This is a unique opportunity to bring two pioneers in cloud video surveillance together and deliver a broad portfolio of innovative cloud surveillance solutions. Eagle Eye and Cameramanager dealers worldwide will now have a wider selection of cloud video products to meet their customers needs. Panasonic Cameramanager, on which small and medium businesses can watch and manage live and recorded surveillance footage from their smartphone, will be renamed Eagle Eye CameraManager. Eagle Eye plans to expand global sales of CameraManager to meet demand for direct camera to cloud connectivity. CameraManager cloud surveillance products boast optional storage methods, motion detection, push notifications and cloud based video analytics. Lacking the onsite bridge device of the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS, the CameraManager solution can be more cost-effective for smaller camera counts per location. Eagle Eye Cameramanager Eagle Eye Networks BV will continue to sell Eagle Eye Cloud Security VMS in Europe to customers that prioritise camera interoperability and have high camera counts.

Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS supports more than 1,000 different digital cameras, over 10,000 different analogue cameras, up to 10 years of video retention and very large camera counts. Panasonic Nubo, which becomes Eagle Eye NuboCam, is an LTE camera and was the world s first mobile video monitoring surveillance camera when it launched in 2015. Datacenters Eagle Eye Networks operates datacenters in California, Texas, Canada, Japan (two), the UK and thanks to the acquisition two in the Netherlands. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Private Investigations

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Private Investigations” Private Investigations Single by Dire Straits from the album Love over Gold B-side “Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts” Released 23 August 1982 Recorded 8 March – 11 June 1982 Genre Progressive rock Length 6:45 (Album version)
5:51 (Single edit) Label Vertigo Writer(s) Mark Knopfler Producer(s) Mark Knopfler Dire Straits singles chronology “Tunnel of Love
(1981) “Private Investigations
(1982) “Industrial Disease
(1983) Love over Gold track listing “Telegraph Road
(1) “Private Investigations
(2) “Industrial Disease

Private Investigations” is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their album Love over Gold. Although it was not released as a single in the United States, it reached the number 2 position in the United Kingdom (despite its length), and is one of their biggest chart successes in the UK. Similarly, the album it came from, Love over Gold, only sold 500,000 copies in the United States, though it was well-received elsewhere. The track also appeared on the compilation albums Money for Nothing and Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and is the title track to the more recent 2005 compilation, Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler. The song begins with a sinister, deep-pitched synthesizer orchestration, leading into a slow piano progression accompanying a classical guitar, followed by several spoken verses.

After the verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with strident electric guitar chords at the end, before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between Mark Knopfler‘s acoustic guitar and marimba played by Mike Mainieri. On the Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, Mark Knopfler said this about the song: “It’s just about the Private Investigations… “What have you got at the end of the day” – Nothing more than you started out with…” It is said the song was inspired by author Raymond Chandler.1

This song was also modified by Mark Knopfler into a film score for the Bill Forsyth movie Comfort and Joy in 1984, where you can hear the song broken up into portions and used for certain scenes. The riff from the song was used on a BT advert in 1994.

Chart positions

Country Peak
position Australia #19 New Zealand #16 The Netherlands #1 UK #2


  1. ^ “Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler: Five Songs For the Master of Mystery”.


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Turkey's private security 'army' numbers over 200,000 | World Tribune

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ANKARA Turkey has amassed a private security force larger than
many NATO states.

The Private Security Associations Federation asserted that Turkey
contains 217,000 security personnel. The federation reported 1,430 security
firms in an industry estimated at up to $6 billion.

Turkey s private security guards outnumber the armies of several European countries.

Even though there aren t specific figures as to the size of the
sector s economy, we believe that in general it ranges between $3-$6
billion, federation president Bulent Perut said.

In an interview with Turkey s semi-official Anatolia News Agency, Perut said 60 percent of private security personnel were employed in Turkey s three largest cities. The greatest presence has been in Istanbul, targeted by both Al Qaida and the Kurdish Workers Party.

The Turkish private security sector was said to contain more personnel than the combined militaries of Austria, Belgium, Czech, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. The federation also reported that 866,000 people were certified as private security guards, regarded in Turkey as a low-paying job.

Perut said up to 30 percent of security guards in Turkey carried
firearms. He said many of the guards were employed by the government for
site security, which could free police for patrols.

In the Aug. 28 interview, Perut called on the government of Prime
Minister Recep Erdogan to support the private security sector. He said
private security encouraged tourism, a leading earner of Western currency in

We want the government to support our sector, Perut said. In a
country that is capable of providing loans to the International Monetary
Fund, we want to be able to receive long-term low-interest loans from state
banks, as well as support from the social security institution and the
Finance Ministry. With this support, our sector will be able to develop even

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