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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wins prestigious Excellence research award

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has won a 2019 Research Excellence Award for its partnership work with the University of Essex.

The award was presented to Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety and Kieron Moir, Home Safety Operations Manager, alongside Dr Gina Reinhardt from the University of Essex.

The award, presented at the Annual Fire Related Research and Developments Conference on November 13, recognised how the research University of Essex undertook into accidental dwelling fires in the county has shaped the content and delivery of the Service"s Safe and Well programme, and supports the continual learning and evaluating of the Service"s prevention activities.

Dr Reinhardt worked alongside Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to better understand the causes of accidental dwelling fires in Essex. Using the data and information, the Service was able to provide, Dr Reinhardt used modelling techniques to estimate the potential to reduce accidental dwelling fires.

Other insights from the collaboration work has allowed the Service to introduce evaluation mechanisms into the design and implementation of its Safe and Well programme, and the Service continues to work with Dr Reinhardt on exploring other evaluation approaches within prevention.

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