Australia’s ability to provide certified hostile vehicle mitigation protection becomes greatly expanded December 2019 as AML Risk Management brings in 250 portable barriers capable of securing more than 500 meters of protected area.
The Archer® 1200 barrier, produced by MERIDIAN® Rapid Defense Group, is a global solution utilised by local, state and federal law enforcement as well as major sports teams and community event organisers.
AML Risk Management has been deploying the Archer® 1200 in Melbourne and Sydney for nearly two years at a variety of events. With a recent designation as preferred vendor to the City of Perth, a significant expansion was needed to meet the requirements of the city’s many events.
“Hostile vehicle mitigation in Australia is unfortunately a growing requirement,” said AML Risk Management Managing Director Andrew Duffy.
“We are seeing more and more that organisers are taking an active approach to ensuring crowd safety at public events. This is something that is no longer optional but mandated by government, law enforcement and traffic safety.”
“Perth’s commitment paves the way for increased protection across all of Australia,” added MERIDIAN® CEO Peter Whitford. “This fleet of barriers will give AML Risk Management the ability to protect cities from coast to coast.”
AML Risk Management selected MERIDIAN®’s Archer® 1200 because of its deployment capabilities as well as engineering certification. The barrier weighs an impressive 400kg yet can be in place quickly for temporary road closures or perimeter security.
Rental of the Archer 1200 barriers appeals to event planners because of the product’s attention to traffic management requirements. The barriers can be placed and removed quickly to lessen the impact of road closures. In addition, their modular nature allows for emergency vehicle access or free pedestrian flow if needed.
“It is critical that event planners have an option that is certified and purpose-built for crowd protection,” said Mr. Duffy. “Too often we see the use of improvised elements like water barriers or vehicles. Not only are they ineffective, but they can lead to a host of issues from resource impacts to insurance claims.”
This article was first published in The Fence magazine.