In September 2006, Universal Protection Service, a security, fire/life safety, and electronic security company based in Santa Ana, CA, began a ground-breaking, joint training program with the Los Angeles Fire Department. The training resulted in the certification of 30 of Universal Protection Services’ top managers in the city of Los Angeles as High Rise Fire Safety Instructors.
The three-day training program, conducted by Inspector Darryl Bolden of the Los Angeles Fire Department, prepared all the managers to test for their Certificates of Fitness with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Inspector Bolden described the training as “ground breaking,” and further added that he had never witnessed that level of commitment to training from any other contract security firm.
Regional Vice President for Universal Protection Service, Louis Boulgarides, reinforced the firm’s dedication by stating, “Universal Protection Service is committed to providing the best trained leaders in the contract security industry.” Steve Jones, COO of the company, added that the partnership “is just a small part of the overall training program we have committed to; over the next several months we will be rolling out new programs never seen before in the security guard industry.”
The Director of Security for the Wells Fargo Center and training participant, Martin Fellbaum, summed up the experience by saying that he had “never been with a security company that invests as heavily in training as Universal Protection Service.”