Introduced into the award structure of the Society in 1955 the Resuscitation Certificate measures 210 mm wide by 299 mm long and is framed and glazed. The lettering is all in black with a black border. It was introduced because a growing number of cases were being reported to the Society of promptness and great presence of mind being shown by persons restoring to life by artificial respiration an apparently dead person, often following a marine or fire rescue. The Society had never recognised such deeds before. The certificate is signed by both the chairman and the secretary on behalf of the committee.
The “Certificate” is the Society’s most frequently used award and is the next in order of importance. There have been at least two versions of it to date. It measures 272 mm wide by 342 mm long and is framed and glazed. The current issue is printed by Sharpe & Kellet Ltd, of Liverpool. It is awarded with medal awards and also on its own when a lower level of award than medal or parchment is deemed appropriate. Its top left and right hand corners have representations of the marine medal obverse and reverse on them. The certificate is signed by both the chairman and the secretary on behalf of the committee.
This ornate certificate printed on special paper is the highest of the Society’s paper awards. It was introduced into the Society’s award structure in 1947 and it measures 320 mm wide by 426 mm long. They are currently printed by Spiers Brakell Ltd, of Liverpool and are framed and glazed. The wording states that “It is given with the best thanks of the committee”. This is the only certificate that includes a representation of the four currently issued medals of the Society. The top left shows the marine medal, the top right shows the reverse of the marine, general and fire medals. The bottom left shows the general medal, whilst the bottom right shows the fire medal. In the centre at the bottom is a representation of the swimming and lifesaving medal. The certificate is signed by both the chairman and the secretary on behalf of the committee.
LETTER OF COMMENDATION
This award is given where the committee feels that an act was deserving of some recognition but not one of its higher awards. It measures 210 mm wide by 297 mm long and is not framed or glazed. This award is made quite frequently. It is printed on a high quality marbled paper under the Society’s letter heading with “Letter of Commendation” printed in the centre. The letter contains a brief citation and acknowledges the fact that the case has been brought to the notice of the Society. It is signed by the secretary only on behalf of the committee.