This pipe looks like it's gonna blow!
This pipe looks like it’s gonna blow!
I started working at Metropolitan Towers after about a year and a half of working for Intercon Security. This was a fairly high-end complex, two towers, and some ground level retail on the edge of Yaletown, at Seymour and Nelson, around there. It wasn’t too bad of a site, but lots of homeless people and drug activity around there, people using the garage for shooting up and so on and car break-ins on the first four insecure levels.
One of the guards there walked me around and showed me the setup. When we got near the top, he showed me a door leading to some stairs. “What’s that?” “That goes up to the roof; I don’t go up there.” The guy had a bad hip, but I did go up there and look in the room where the water heaters were.
I did a pretty thorough job there, and I almost always did at all my sites because you may as well, it’s tedious work and you are walking down the clock, just grinding your shift out. Later on when my back got bad was when I started cutting corners.
One day about two and a half months after I started working there I went onto the roof and opened the door to the water heater room and saw that one of the pipes from a heater was bulging at a seam and that steam was coming out. I called it in on my radio and talked to a guy from AST, the Account Services Team.
There were only two AST, two or three, and they worked 12-hour shifts, four nights on and four days off. AST did stuff like transport guards to and from various sites if there was no available transit, they meet you on sites with keys and equipment, and if it’s a temporary site they walk you through, this kind of thing.
They act as a liaison between client and guard, which incidentally Intercon called their guards officers and you were upbraided if you called yourself or somebody else a guard, which is not a bad idea because it instilled a sense of pride in a low-status job.
Intercon also had a large mobile division. These guys chased alarms for the most part. 12-hour shifts and it’s a pretty hard job. It paid at the time 13 bucks an hour as opposed to an ordinary guard starting at ten bucks an hour. Intercon had their hardware, their alarms that they monitored and serviced.
PSD were the highest paid division at about 15 bucks an hour and also working 12-hour shifts. I’m not sure what supervisors got but—or even upper management--suits as it were. Couldn't it be much more than 50 grand per annum or