USPA Nationwide Security Fire Watch Division sees uptick in firewatch contracts across the country
— The 24-hour call center at the USPA Nationwide Security operations building in New York City saw increased calls for emergency firewatch services across the USA in June. “Scorched buildings and severely damaged businesses were among the reasons for the increase in firewatch contracts”, said Sondae Esposito, Vice President of USPA Nationwide Security.
In Minneapolis alone, firewatch services outnumbered calls for traditional security services since Memorial Day weekend. In other protest hotspots, such as New York City, Washington DC, Portland and Seattle, USPA’s firewatch guards are spread thin in an attempt to protect the growing number of fire-damaged structures.
NFPA Member and CEO of USPA International, Michael Evans, said that his firm was contracted by municipalities to guard government buildings in protest hot zones. “We’re utilizing military veterans to provide physical security during the protests, while off duty fire fighters provide fire watch.” The recent shutdown of bars in the State of Florida has led to cancelations for close protection services in Miami, which in-turn helped USPA to dispatch those officers for firewatch and physical security services in protest zones.
According to Evans, fire watch services should be fire marshal approved and carry the necessary insurance. Fire Guards are highly trained specialty officers of select security guard companies who are utilized for construction sites, hot work during welding projects, firewatch for businesses with faulty fire alarm systems and fire damaged structures.
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