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WASS staff awarded Ebola medals

Westminster’s expat team who bravely and tirelessly maintained operations at Freetown International Airport during the Ebola crisis in West Africa have been awarded the UK Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, known simply as the Ebola Medal.

The Ebola Medal is a service medal issued to the Armed Forces, and to civilians working either for Her Majesty’s Government or NGOs in support of the British Government’s response to the Ebola crisis that began in 2014. The qualifying period of service for award of the medal is from 23 March 2014 until 29 March 2016.

Commenting on the Medal award to Westminster’s staff Peter Fowler, Chief Executive of Westminster Group, said:

“I am delighted that the hard work, bravery and dedication of our ex-pat team, who worked beyond the call of duty to maintain operations and helped keep Freetown International Airport safe and open during the Ebola crisis in West Africa, has been recognised by the award of these medals.

“I am extremely proud of all our staff, both expat and local, who not only maintained full operations at the airport but also provided considerable assistance to the local community and visiting NGO’s fighting the crisis. It is a testament to the skill and bravery of our management team and staff that not only did we manage to maintain full employment of all our local staff, despite the fact that most airlines ceased to operate to the country, but also that we managed to keep all our staff safe and well throughout the crisis.

“The award of these medals to our staff is a well-deserved and fitting tribute to them all.”

Ebola Medals

Photo: Some of the WASS ex-pat team in Freetown with medals– from left to right: Michelle Sproule – Acting Deputy ASM, John Drummond ASM, Aileen Taylor – Training & Cargo Manager


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Aviation Security Article Published

Westminster Group Plc subsidiary Westminster Aviation Security Services Ltd, Business Development Director Eugene Gerstein has recently had an article on Airport Perimeter Intruder Detection systems published in a leading aviation security magazine.

The article from Aviation Security International is available here


New 25 year Middle East airport project

Westminster Aviation Security Services (‘WASS’), has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with a Middle East Civil Aviation Authority for the provision of long term (up to 25 years) aviation security services at a significant international airport within the country concerned serving several million passengers annually.

Commenting on the MoU award Peter Fowler, Chief Executive of Westminster Group, said:

“I am delighted to announce this latest and strategically important development in our roll out of long term managed services projects around the world.  This latest MoU and other recent developments indicate the momentum we are building.

“Our announcement today of yet another major long term MoU is significant on a number of levels. It is the 7th long term project MoU now secured, 3 of which have been signed in the last 7 weeks, and all of which are the result of many months of business development work and negotiations.  Notably these opportunities are spread across a number of different regions of the world, reducing geographic risk. The airport which is the subject of this latest development is strategic both in terms of location and forecast growth, with potential for further agreements in respect of the country’s other international airports.

New Cargo Screening Services in FNA

Westminster Aviation Security Services (WASS), has commenced cargo screening operations at Freetown International Airport (FNA) in West Africa.

Following security concerns in 2010, the European Commission introduced the RA3 and ACC3 Regulations via EU 185/2010 (Regulated Agent, Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a third country airport) which required all regulated agents and airlines to implement enhanced security measures for all cargo bound for the EU/EEA and to ensure it is protected from interference.

The WASS construction and technical teams have worked hard to implement all of the security features and equipment required and WASS has produced the protocols for accepting and screening cargo using the EU approved methods of X-Ray, hand search and Free Running Explosive Detection Dogs (FREDDs) for the movement of high risk cargo, mail, and dangerous and high value goods.

In addition, WASS’s Cargo Security Manager, a Certified Instructor for all levels of air cargo, has trained over 150 personnel including security officers, K9 units, ground handling agents, ramp agents, airlines and cargo agents and compiled all of the required operational documentation required by regulations.

WASS will now commence screening operations of export cargo for airlines travelling to the EU and elsewhere as required.

Commenting on the development Peter Fowler, Chief Executive of Westminster Group, said:

“I am delighted to announce the commencement of this much needed and eagerly awaited operation.  The hard work put in by our security teams and, in particular, our Cargo Security Manager, must be commended, particularly as much of this work was done during the Ebola crisis period”.