Figen Murray, OBE, joined the Bidvest Noonan team at Battersea Power Station to share her expertise and learn about Bidvest Noonan’s advanced security training. Describing Bidvest Noonan’s security strategy as “What the industry standard should be for places where large crowds gather,” she praised the efforts of the team at the Battersea site.
During her conversation with the team, Murray praised the First Person on Scene – International (FPOSi) training and medical strategy after seeing it in action. Provided by medical professionals, this training equips quick reaction teams to assess and treat people suffering from serious medical emergencies. The Battersea team are amongst the few security teams who have received this pioneering training.
Murray told us: “It was an absolute privilege to be shown around Battersea Power Station by Bidvest Noonan. I feel thrilled that a lot of the staff here have undergone the ACT awareness training and that many have also done lifesaving first aid training. The entire management team is deservedly, incredibly proud of what has been achieved so far. The whole complex feels like a living, breathing safe community, where I will have no hesitation whatsoever to bring my family for a shopping trip and meal out.”
Figen Murray is the mother of Martyn Hett, one of the 22 people killed in the devastating Manchester Arena terrorist attack on May 22nd, 2017. Martyn was only 29 at the time. Following the attack, Murray has made it her life’s mission to promote peace and positive change in Martyn’s name. To this day, she has spoken to more than 15,000 secondary school pupils across England to raise awareness, be resilient to extremist influences and encourage them to shape a better world.
After graduating with a Masters in Counterterrorism in 2021, Murray has been campaigning to legislate security provisions for large group gatherings, labelled ‘Martyn’s Law’. Her dedication and work in counter terrorism saw her awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List. Murray talked about the Government’s CONTEST strategy to Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare within the context of the proposed Martyn’s Law, and the critical need for dedicated security people and systems in areas where large groups of people gather.
Managing Director, Liz Cummins, commented, “It was a privilege to welcome Figen Murray to Battersea Power Station and hear her speak of Martyn, and how she led the campaign to change legislation to ensure all of us are safer when out at public venues.
The environment we were in as we discussed our own focused approach brought to the fore families, friends and colleagues that we have a duty to protect, and which we continue to do so.
Figen resonated with me more than I could imagine when she spoke of her commitment to creating a kinder society, one that understands how tolerance and understanding has a rightful place over hate and fear. Her focus goes beyond our security industry and reaches out to early years and building resilience and knowledge of threats, both physical and learnt.
I have reflected on Figen’s last message, ‘a small act of kindness offers so much to humanity and society’ – something we all have a duty to act on.’’
Simon Rogers, CEO at Turret Training Ltd said, “The FPOSi trauma course delivered to Bidvest Noonan’s security teams covers everything from minor medical emergencies to multiple casualties with serious injuries. Each Security officer who attends has volunteered and their passion, care and hard work really demonstrates the quality of personnel on the estate.”
Jonny Kempster, Key Account Director at Bidvest Noonan added: ‘’What a pleasure to finally meet with and hear Figen’s personal story and everything she has achieved. It was clear that we are aligned when it comes to safety, security, and trauma response. We look forward to meeting her again soon.’’
Article originally published by the FMJ.