Fleet Source to launch counter-terrorism training for commercial fleets

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Fleet Source is launching a suite of products and training services to help fleet operators manage and reduce the risk to the industry from terrorism

The resources, known as Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention (TRIP) have been developed in response to the recent escalation of VAAW (vehicle as a weapon) terrorism-related incident.

TRIP, which is set to launch next year, has been designed so that commercial fleet operators, managers and drivers can be educated on the risks of terrorism, the nature of the threats that they may face and a range of safety precautions they should implement to significantly reduce the possibilities of their vehicle being hijacked or stolen and used in a terrorist incident.

Nick Caesari, managing director at Fleet Source, said: “With more than 35% of our work force being from a military and policing background, with many having extensive counter-terrorism experience, we felt that we were perfectly positioned to help educate fleet operators, managers and drivers in taking the necessary precautions and to make sure they are doing absolutely everything possible to prevent their vehicle from being hijacked or stolen and used as a weapon in an attack. Safety and protecting lives is a part of our day job, and the TRIP suite is a natural extension of what we at Fleet Source provide.” 

The TRIP products and services that will be initially available are as follows:

  • TRIP Driver CPC Training: a dedicated seven-hour driver CPC approved training course covering terrorism risk and incident prevention, designed for all commercial fleet drivers, providing them with the knowledge, tools and understanding of today’s terrorist threat and the precautions they need to take with regards to mitigating the risk of their vehicles being stolen or hi-jacked and used as a weapon in a terrorist attack.
  • TRIP Manager Training: a dedicated 3.5-hour manager training course covering terrorism risk and  incident prevention providing fleet managers with the knowledge, tools and understanding of counter-terrorism best practice within fleet operations, counter-terrorism law, and security arrangements and procedures, to help them mitigate and reduce the risks of terrorism across their fleet operation.
  • TRIP Policy & Procedure Pack: a set of comprehensive policies, procedures and tool box talks to support fleet operators in embedding a robust counter-terrorism strategy into the heart of their day-to-day operations.

Fleet Source is offering fully funded places to fleet operators on the TRIP Driver CPC Training courses, across major cities in the UK (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle). 

 Graham Bellman, group fleet director at Travis Perkins, has put forward delegates for the initial session.

He said: “With a large UK-based fleet we are keen to keep our drivers informed and aware of the many situations they may face as a part of their role."

Fleet Source will be donating £25 for every TRIP Policy & Procedure Pack sold to the UK Solidarity Fund, which was set up British Red Cross following the terror attacks in Manchester and London to support those affected by the events and similar events in the future in the UK.

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