MSA Security

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2022 — MSA Security®, an Allied Universal® company, announced its receipt of a 2022 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Gold Award from American Security Today in the category of Best Gunshot Detection Technology for its Firearms Detection Canine (FDC) solution.


The MSA Security Firearms Detection Canines (FDCs) was recognized for its canine training to detect odors associated with firearms, whether they have been previously fired, recently cleaned, or never fired at all. This includes cleaning solvents, oils, and holster materials. This advanced canine training is more effective and versatile than any technological solution currently available.

“One of the most prominent threats in the security landscape today is the sustained increase in active shooter attacks. This award underscores MSA’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our clients and is a clear indication that these robust solutions empower organizations of all sizes and scope with a greater ability to mitigate risk and reduce liability,” said MSA Security CEO Glen Kucera.

MSA entered an exclusive agreement with Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania earlier this year to train MSA canines in firearms detection. This capability enhances the company's existing threat detection offerings, creating a sophisticated new solution to address the escalating active shooter and criminal threat.

MSA has led the industry as an Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) provider for over three decades. Today, the company has more than 850 Detection Teams deployed around the world that can detect a full range of commercial and homemade explosives, including black powder used in firearms. Through this new partnership with Shallow Creek, MSA trains canines explicitly for firearms detection, using odors unique to firearms, regardless of whether gunpowder residue exists on the firearm.

In its seventh year, American Security Today’s Annual 'ASTORS' Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, recognizing industry leaders delivering enhanced value, benefit, and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security, enterprise, and public safety vertical markets.

About MSA Security

Founded in 1987, MSA Security®, An Allied Universal® Company, is a global provider of high consequence threat solutions. Headquartered in New York City, MSA and has more than 1,600 employees including over 850 Canine Detection Teams. The company operates in more than 40 states and over 50 countries. MSA offers a range of customizable security solutions for venues, landmarks, commercial real estate, cargo, and government clients. 

About American Security Today

American Security Today (AST), the ”New Face in Homeland Security™”, is the premier digital media platform in the U.S. Homeland Security and Public Safety Industry, focused on breaking news and in-depth coverage of the newest initiatives and hottest technologies in physical and IT security on the market today. AST highlights the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions across a wide variety of media products delivered daily, weekly, and monthly to over 75,000 qualified government and security industry readers, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges to “Secure our Nation, One City at a Time™”.




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