Rejoicing in Our Present: Safety and Security Team

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Beginning in the summer of 2018, security became a major focus at BBC and many churches across the country, after events both within and outside of the US proved that God’s houses of worship were not exempt from tragic events and dangers.

Gail Chapman

Therefore, with the approval of the Advisory Council (now Leadership Council), the Safety and Security Team, led by retired FBI agent Gail Chapman, was formed.

The team, made up of key ministry leaders along with current and retired first responders, began regular meetings to discuss best practices, insurance recommendations, and needs of the church facility and programs, related to safety and security. 

They initially put together a 40-page report, which included trainings to be done, policies, and procedures – for the church as a whole and for specific ministry areas, such as working with vulnerable populations including children, students, and ministry to homebound individuals.

The report also included recommended updates within the facility itself. These recommendations were approved in 2019 by the Advisory Council and procedures were beginning to be implemented. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 shutdowns in early 2020, things were put on hold temporarily.

When it became possible to restart the implementation of the Team’s recommendations, they needed to be revisited, to include updated procedures that incorporated the new additional health concerns.

The Safety and Security Team was able to get back up and running in full in 2022, and they have been making great strides in helping BBC become safer and more secure.

They have worked with the Buildings and Grounds Team to get automatic doors installed to make the building more accessible, and they installed a camera system to monitor all the outdoor entryways and inside common areas.

They also partnered with the B&G team to renovate the kitchen, bringing it up to compliance as a commercial kitchen.  Volunteers in the kitchen will be trained in the areas where they are serving to ensure the appliances are used safely.

Members of the BBC staff and key volunteers have been trained in First Aid, CPR, AED and the Heimlich maneuver by the Brewster Fire Department. Gail Chapman has led training for the various ministries of the church in the specific safety procedures relevant to their work.

The Safety and Security Team members are certified in CPR, use of the AED and the Heimlich maneuver.  In addition, the team participates in regular training to handling a variety of different specific emergency situations.

On Sunday mornings, two members of the Safety and Security Team are at each service making rounds of the different areas of the church to make sure that everything is running smoothly and to be available to assist in case of an emergency.

The Team also created a Safety and Security Manual, which contains all the safety procedures to be followed and all forms to be completed in case of an incident or emergency.  You can find the Safety and Security Manual on the FAQ page.

If you would like to learn more about the excellent work of this important BBC Team, please call or email the church office.

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