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WCoFF Charitable Trust Awards 2019
 At our Massey Shaw Banquet on March 22nd our Company Awards were made to three students for academic studies in the field of fire science, rescue and disaster response. Katherine Haggerty, John Smith and David Reed were nominated by their respective universities for outstanding pieces of research as part of their studies. The recipients were introduced by Liveryman Dr. David Crowder, a Trustee with our Charitable Trust who leads on Higher Education initiatives for the Trust. The awards were presented by our Master, Andrew Mayes J.P. and Upper Warden Frances Blois, Chairman of the Charitable Trust at the time.
The purpose of the Charitable Trust Awards is to support academic excellence, promote research and encourage debate amongst the fire industry. The Company maintains an independent position, supporting the academic research without necessarily endorsing any of the views expressed in the research. The awardees each received £1,000 from the Charitable Trust towards the costs of their studies. Katherine Haggerty (pictured top) wrote a thesis entitled “Disability Inclusion and Evidence Based Decision Making: Humanitarian Action in Jordan” as part of her MSc degree in Crisis and Disaster Management at the University of Portsmouth. Her thesis dealt with the importance of inclusive decision-making when responding to crises, as it is often those people with disabilities that are most in need of support in these situations, yet often the least catered for.
John Smith (pictured centre) wrote a thesis entitled “A Critical
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Evaluation of Water Mist, Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), Wet Chemical, Dry Powder and Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers when used on Fires Involving Vegetable Based Cooking Oils” as part of his BSc (Hons) degree in Fire Risk Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. His dissertation compared the performance of various portable extinguishing media and found that changes in the standards used to assess performance of these media had a significant bearing on perceived effectiveness which, potentially, favoured some media over others.
Finally, David Reed (Pictured
bottom) wrote his thesis on “The Propensity for a Smouldering Ignition Source to Ignite Emollient Contaminated Fabric” as part of his MSc degree in Fire Investigation at the University of Wolverhampton. His thesis reported the findings of an extensive programme of experiments investigating the variables that contribute to the ignitability of fabrics contaminated by emollient creams, which are often present in environments in which people are elderly or suffer mobility impairments, which result in them receiving care at home.
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