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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2019

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PA Chamber Unveils New Member Benefit to Help Companies Prepare for Critical Threats

HARRISBURG - The PA Chamber is pleased to announce a partnership with Close Quarters Defense to provide a new member benefit offering comprehensive solutions to help employers protect their businesses and employees from critical threats.  From assessments and crisis planning to hands-on response training, CQD’s programs provide organizations with the ability to enhance their overall safety and security posture. 


“We’re pleased to partner with CQD to offer our members a unique opportunity to ensure their company is prepared for any potential security threats,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “In this day and age, you can never be too prepared and the best way for job creators to protect their company is to make sure their co-workers know how to handle a crisis situation.  CQD offers a wide-range of services to help employers in this critical area.”


For more than 30 years, CQD has been relied upon by our nation’s elite military and corporate security teams and is widely recognized as the gold standard for active threat planning, realistic training and employee protection. 


“Every day CQD works to ensure companies and security teams are fully prepared,” said CQD Founder and President Duane Dieter.  “It is a privilege to equip individuals with important safety training throughout this great state as we seek to support Pennsylvania businesses.”


CQD’s services include:

  • Threat Management programs that identify and mitigate risk
  • Comprehensive training and preparedness solutions
  • High-performance team building


PA Chamber companies that take advantage of this benefit of their membership will receive a 20 percent discount on CQD’s services.  Additional information on the program can be found on the PA Chamber’s website.  


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.