Security Measures Hindering First Responders

By Carlton Purvis, Published Feb 24, 2014, 12:00am EST (Info+)

Do your security measures help or hurt first responders?

The Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team recently created a bulletin raising concerns about building security measures hindering first responders responding to attacks.

The one-page document, titled “Building Security Measures May Impact Emergency Response to Attacks by Violent Extremists” says security measures such as exterior barriers have sometimes forced first responders to change their normal protocols.

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Comments (1)

We have a very secure community, double gates, key fob access, LPR, cameras. We had a severe lighting strike that took out a bunch of electronics a few days ago. We had some trees hit and the fire department couldn't get in because the equipment they use to flash sensor to let them in was also knocked out. So even their own technology in an emergency situation failed them as well as the old standby, knox switches failed too. Even speed bumps meant to slow traffic has a big impact on reponse times for paramedics. But people want security, what can you do?

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