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Evacuation chair use


Evacuation chairs are widely used by building managers as a means of escape for people who have difficulty in using stairs in the event of fire in a multi-storey building. They are popular throughout the UK and internationally.

It is therefore essential that people are trained in its safe use if injuries and accidents are to be avoided. Use of the chair requires an understanding of who it is suitable for, and how to use it in the event of an emergency, including how to negotiate stairways. 

Outline and content

  • What is the role of an assisted escape device, and who will it assist?
  • How to choose the right device(s) for your organisation.
  • The issues to consider when using an escape device.
  • Getting the person into the escape device.
  • Vertical descent using the escape device.
  • Carrying a person in an evacuation chair, including stairways.
  • Looking after the person when out of the building.

Learning outcomes

  • This course will help you understand how to use an evacuation chair and how to avoid misuse.
  • It will demonstrate the part that assisted escape devices can play in an overall strategy for means of escape for those with mobility issues users, and the training required to ensure that procedures are adhered to in practice.
  • The course will enable you to meet the legislative requirements of safe evacuation in a cost effective manner. Protect both your staff and disabled / temporarily impaired people from further risk or injury.



Course length

Half day.

The group will be limited to a maximum of 4 students per course, This limitation is imposed so as to maximise the tutor/student interaction. 




International Workplace certificate of attendance.