The Latest News from Saraji Group

Saraji Group Becomes Accredited Training Provider  

Saraji Group are thrilled to announce that they have now become a registered training provider, approved to deliver the following accredited training courses:

  • Level 2 Award Security Guarding
  • Level 2 Award Health & Safety
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work (FPOS-I equivalent)
  •  Level 2 Award In Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF) (Tutor)
  • Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) (Tutor)
  • Level 2 International Award in Paediatric First Aid (Tutor)
  • Level 2 International Award in Paediatric First Aid and Managing Illness & Injury (Tutor)
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (QCF) (Tutor)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) (Tutor)
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) (Tutor)
  • Level 2 International Award in Security Guarding (Tutor
  • Level 3 International Award in Delivering Training (Tutor)

We were awarded the approved status by Highfields Awarding Body Training Centre who required us to complete a rigorous application process.

Mr John Kitchen, Saraji Group’s Business Development Manager, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this accreditation. We are now one of a very small handful of PSCs, particularly Iraqi owned, to hold this approved status which shows our commitment and dedication to continually invest in our operational capabilities and maximise our ability to support organisations operating in Iraq as well as investing in our employees and their professional development.’’

MES to provide Security Services within West Qurna 2

MES, Saraji Group’s Security arm has recently been awarded a contract in support of Bonatti to provide Lukoil Compliant security services within southern Iraq, to include the West Qurna 2 oil field concession.

We’re delighted to now have the capability to provide security services within West Qurna 2 having passed the Lukoil security service providers audit process.

MES’ New Clients

We’re proud to announce that we have recently been contracted to provide Leighton Offshore with Adhoc Security services.

MES are thrilled to be given the opportunity to support Leighton Offshore in Iraq and hope it’s the start of a long and happy partnership.

Saraji Group’s Fourth Induction Programme

Saraji Group’s fourth induction programme was successfully completed last week with all 14 candidates deploying in the next few months.

Previous feedback meant this course was developed slightly to encompass more aspects of Site Security Management in hostile environments, in conjunction with the Personal Security Detail (PSD) side of security work.

It meant that there were many more additional elements within the course this time around which needed to be covered over the five day training programme. It proved a busy and challenging week for the candidates who had their already extensive skill set and knowledge developed and stretched further to ensure they meet the high level of professionalism we require to operate as part of Saraji Group’s teams.

The first day saw candidates develop their knowledge of hostile environment driving skills with a presentation from Paul Evans, Director of Tracks Apart. This was followed by sessions focusing on conflict management, introduction to operating in hostile environments, pre-deployment requirements and site security survey presentations.

The candidates were then tasked to produce their own site surveys after conducting a typical site recess and will present these later today to Perseus’ lead instructors.

The second half of the week saw candidates refreshing their knowledge and skills on GPS navigation, effective mission planning, managing and mitigating potential attacks, cultural awareness and Saraji Group’s company policies and procedures amongst much more.

Those who successfully completed the course will be deployed onto Saraji Group’s ever growing security projects in Iraq which now consist of numerous rig site security and PSD contracts with clients such as Halliburton, DHL, Baker Hughes, ROO (Rumaila Operating Organization),  Bureau Veritas and  Bonatti to name a few.

The aim of the course is to ensure Saraji Group recruits a high calibre and dedicated security professionals to join our company operating in Iraq. With a company ethos which has a key focus on the client’s expectations, it is essential that Saraji Group provides our clients with the best security capabitlity and personnel in the industry, of which out UK HEAT course, ran in conjunction with the Perseus team forms and integral part of.

The Current Security Situation

With the support of US and other international aerial forces, Iraqi pro-government troops secured victory over the ISIS terrorist group within Tikrit.  The victory not only delivered immediately significant territorial gains, but also as a result of the symbolic role played by the city could also impact greatly upon overall unity within the terrorist force.

However, while politicians have been quick to arrive for photo opportunities, it is highly unlikely members of the local population will yet be able to enjoy any return to normality.  Tikrit is almost certainly heavily seeded with improvised explosive or similar booby trap devices.  This will no doubt result in further loss of life, but also significantly complicate any return to the city by members of the local population, extending the burden being placed on other areas as a result of Iraq’s internally displaced.

The decision to seek support from the international coalition has also highlighted a number of other national as well as regional complexities in the conflict, including the decision of several Iranian-backed Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) such as the Badr Organization, Asaib al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah, to reportedly withdraw from the battle upon learning of US involvement.  While this clearly did not restrict the capability of pro-government forces to retake the city, it may impact greatly upon their ability to secure the city throughout the longer term.  Continued friction between constituent elements of the pro-government alliance could also complicate any future timeframe for recovery of Mosul.

While government forces in the north have enjoyed considerable success, those engaged in similar operations in the west have reported fierce resistance.  Indeed while clashes throughout Anbar Province have succeeded in limiting any immediate threat to Baghdad, they have also revealed the weaknesses of the ISF war on two fronts model.  It remains to be seen whether that fragility will prove decisive during what remains of the counter-ISIS offensive.

While the south continues to be spared the levels of violence evident elsewhere in the country, continued outbreaks of sporadic tribal violence as well as persistent evidence of organised criminality, have continued to highlight the negative impact of troop re-deployments north.  Concerns are therefore likely raised as to whether future requirements to re-take Mosul might result in further re-deployments, and with them even greater negative impact.

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