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Jul 22, 2016 | work

Top security firms merge to boost expansion plans

One of Kents best-known security companies is expanding by merging with another well-respected local business.

Ashford-based Red Alert, which has been providing intruder, fire alarms, CCTV and entry systems across the south east for more than 20 years, has joined forces with Kent and Sussex Security (KSS).

All the staff are being retained in what Red Alert managing director Clive Gawler described as a great step forward for both companies and the customers they serve.

KSS directors Geoff Hilton and John Jameson will join Red Alert and will focus on integrating their customer base into the new operation as well as helping to find new business opportunities.

KSS was established in 1996, three years after Red Alert, and the two companies have worked together on projects in the past. The new team will be based at Red Alert's purpose-built offices at Orbital Park, Ashford.

Initially part of a national CCTV franchise, but later independent, KSS will add a wealth of security industry and specialist CCTV knowledge to the expanding Red Alert operation.

Red Alert is already the leading independent security specialist in the south east and we are looking forward to growing further, said Clive. The merger will also allow KSS customers to benefit from Red Alert's larger, 15-strong, technical team.

Red Alert is BAFE approved for fire alarm design, installation and maintenance - another benefit for KSS customers and is NACOSS accredited for intruder alarms, CCTV and access control.

We have pledged to keep on all the KSS staff as we pursue our plans to make Red Alert the preferred security supplier to both the domestic and commercial market in London and the south east, Clive explained.

Red Alert's sister company Red Alert Telecare is continuing to grow significantly in the health care sector, where it has developed a reputation for installing and maintaining high-tech Telecare & Telehealth equipment for old and vulnerable people living independently at home. The company will be launching its own red button lifeline service shortly.

Oct 5, 2016 | work

Engineers of Tomorrow

Red Alert have been committed to developing young people through apprenticeships for over ten years. We are very proud of our track record of supporting apprenticeships and now employ five fully qualified engineers who joined us as apprentices.

The company culture at Red Alert is very much focused on the continual learning and honing of skills for all employees, regardless of age. We strongly believe in investing in the development of all of our team. It is this thinking that has allowed us to bring in more mature trainees and cross train them in line with the Red Alert standard.

As well as hands on experience, apprentices also benefit from formal training at colleges in London and Birmingham.

Recently we entered two of our apprentices into the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, held at the International Fire and Security Exhibition (IFSEC) at the Excel in London. The event organisers said the competition had its biggest turn out ever, with 64 apprentice engineers taking part. Competitors were given 90 minutes to install a security system and detect any faults it may have. The competition is part of a plan to help increase talent in the electro-technical sector.

The two apprentices who took part on behalf of Red Alert, Conor and Joe, have been training with the company for just over a year. Although they did not win their heat, Red Alert is immensely proud of their efforts. When asked if they enjoyed taking part in the competition Joe said, “It was a really brilliant and great experience to work in front of such a large crowd of experts. We’ll be back next year!”

If you are considering a career as technician in the security industry talk to local security companies to get a feel for what they offer. Ask if you can gain some work experience to get a feel for ‘a day in the life of an engineer’. It’s important that you find a company who will give you formal training at college as well as the opportunity of real hands on experience. Just be careful not to get stuck performing menial tasks which will greatly limit how much you learn.

Although opportunities are highly sought after, if you are really focussed and determined you are guaranteed to succeed! 

Red Alert have vacancies at different times throughout the year so an email to our HR department is always worthwhile.