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Barriers in the Firing Line

Barriers in the Firing Line

As threats increase, Oldbury UK
up-armours its mobile barrier

Facing up to the grim possibilities – let alone the reality of a firearms incident, an explosion or a terrorist attack at a sporting venue is no longer an option. Quite suddenly it seems, risk assessments have to include what would have been dismissed just a short time ago as overreaction or the unthinkable. Fortunately, parts of the public safety industry have something of a head start, courtesy of protective systems and related products which companies have been developing for defence and homeland security applications for some considerable time.

Oldbury UK, based in the West-Midlands, is now at the forefront of the sector in applying advanced composite armour to both new build and in-service equipment. As a result of end-user demand, it has already developed a protected version of its mobile scene and incident management barrier – which it sees as another useful addition to the inventory of the sports arena and public venue sector.

Depending on the level of protection required, the base barrier can be progressively up-armoured to provide specified blast and ballistics protection. Importantly, because the unit is fully mobile, it can be deployed quickly and at short notice to cordon off and isolate an area in the event of, for instance, a bomb scare. The unit can be deployed also to screen sensitive areas which may require a discreet or shielded environment.

Oldbury UK Managing Director, Richard Skan says, “The use of blast and ballistics protection moves public safety to a different level – as it can be as important to protect personnel and assets on the inside of an area as it is to shield people who may be potentially under threat from attack or an explosion. We are already seeing private sector organisations and civilian agencies reassessing protection levels and in supporting them, we are able to draw on our considerable experience of military applications”.

Operation of the Oldbury UK protected barrier system does not differ fundamentally from the standard trailer-based unit – and several units can be linked together to cover a bigger area. The design of each unit provides width variable adjustment out to a maximum of 13.5 metres, with an overall height, with anti-scaling overhangs deployed, of 2.5 metres. The unit closes down into a similarly compact transport mode with an overall length of 5.7 metres including the towing hitch – and a width of 2.3 metres. Typically, the barrier is towed behind a 4x4 or light commercial vehicle and, even up-specified for moderate blast and ballistics protection, can still be manoeuvred and deployed quickly by trained personnel.