Evacuation Chair Training - Do I need it?

So it’s not the Fire Brigade’s responsibility to evacuate disabled people from my building! – The myth dispelled

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the employer has to ensure that all emergency routes and exits must lead as directly as possible to a place of safety. This place of safety is a safe area beyond the premises.

 “Can I leave the disabled person in the refuge point for them to wait to be rescued by the Fire Service ?”

The simple answer to that question is No.

The fire service should not form any part of your evacuation strategy. You should ensure that you are able to get the disabled person to a place of safety.

What should we do?

Well there are a number of ways that disabled persons can be assisted down stairs to a place of safety. You may want to consider an evacuation chair or maybe a carry/slide sheet.



What is a Refuge Point

This is where the Refuge Point would be the first part of any evacuation strategy. Refuge points are usually found on landings within a protected staircase. The construction of the staircase and the provision of fire doors should give you added time to ensure the disabled person can ultimately get to that place of safety beyond the premises.