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Evacuation Chair Training

Evacuation chair training in health and social care ensures that staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills to evacuate individuals with mobility issues during an emergency. This not only increases the safety of those in care but also helps staff to act calmly and efficiently during a crisis.

Gain the required skills

This practical half day course is designed to teach your staff to effectively deploy and use an evacuation chair during an emergency requiring evacuation of a building.

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Course Summary

  • Explain why evacuation chairs are required and where they should be sited
  • Examine the need for evacuation plans Incorporate the need to ensure that those who may require assistance during emergency are identified
  • Understand how medical conditions and various types of disability can affect staff when evacuation is required
  • Identify the possible problems associated with an evacuation
  • Principles of manual handling to reduce injuries
  • Practical use of the evacuation chair in the delegate’s environment.

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    Who is it suitable for?

    Any member of staff who may need to deploy an evac chair during an emergency.

Evacuation Chair Training

Evacuation chair training means teaching people how to use evacuation chairs safely in emergencies. These chairs, also called emergency stair chairs, evac chair, or evacuation sleds, help move people with mobility issues, like those in wheelchairs or struggling with stairs, during urgent situations.

The main goal of this training is to give people the right information and abilities to handle emergencies. It focuses on situations where individuals with disabilities or mobility problems need to be evacuated from buildings or other places.

  • Course Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes
  • Course Mode: Face to Face/ Online

Case Scenario

During a regular workday, a fire alarm suddenly blared, and everyone panicked in a rush to leave the building. Unfortunately, Jane, who had trouble moving around, was stuck on the fourth floor. Luckily, the building had an evacuation chair, which helped her get out of the building with the help of trained staff.

This event showed how important it is to have evacuation chairs in buildings, especially for people with mobility impairments, to keep everyone safe.


The Importance of Evacuation Chairs in Ensuring Safety for All

In emergency situations like fires or earthquakes, people with mobility impairments can become trapped and unable to escape.

The story of Jane shows the importance of evacuation chairs in buildings to ensure everyone’s safety, especially those with disabilities.

These evac chairs provide a safe means of transport down stairs and out of the building.

With proper training and equipment, building management can ensure that everyone, regardless of physical ability, can evacuate safely.

An evacuation chair is a crucial piece of equipment that can save lives in emergency situations.

Evacuation Chair for people with mobility issue during an emergency

Credit: Emergency Live

 Who needs to undergo an evacuation chair training?

“With the help of trained staff and the evacuation chair, Jane was safely transported down the stairs and out of the building” from the Jane story highlights the importance of proper training for staff members who may need to assist with the use of an evacuation chair.

In simple terms, anyone in charge of making sure people can safely leave a building should learn about using evacuation chairs.

People in various jobs, such as those in offices, healthcare centres, schools, hotels, or any place where some people might find it hard to move, get this training.

This includes building managers, fire wardens, security staff, and others in charge of handling emergencies.

The main aim is to ensure that trained staff can deal with emergencies properly, with a focus on keeping those who need help safe during evacuations.


Course Content

  • Explain why evacuation chairs are required and where they should be sited
  • Examine the need for evacuation plans Incorporate the need to ensure that those who may require assistance during emergency are identified
  • Understand how medical conditions and various types of disability can affect staff when evacuation is required
  • Identify the possible problems associated with an evacuation
  • Principles of manual handling to reduce injuries
  • Practical use of the evacuation chair in the delegate’s environment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the training about evacuation chairs, people will:

  1. Get Why Evacuation Chairs Matter: Know why evacuation chairs are important and how to place them correctly.
  2. Make Smart Evacuation Plans: Figure out how to make plans for evacuations, including finding people who might need help in emergencies.
  3. See How Health Stuff Affects Evacuations: Understand how medical problems and disabilities can make things tricky for staff during evacuations.
  4. Spot Things that Could Go Wrong in Evacuations: Notice problems that might happen during evacuations and know how to deal with them.
  5. Use Rules for Lifting Stuff: Understand the basic rules for lifting things to avoid getting hurt during evacuations.
  6. Show How to Use Evacuation Chairs for Real: Demonstrate how to actually use evacuation chairs in the places they’re needed.


Benefits of Evac Chair Training to staff

Evacuation chair training brings several advantages, benefiting both the individuals getting trained and the places where they work or stay.

Here are some important advantages:

  1. Better Safety and Readiness: Learning evacuation chair skills helps individuals handle emergencies well, making sure people with mobility issues can be safely evacuated. This readiness can save lives and prevent injuries during emergencies.
  2. Following Rules: Many local and national rules require having plans and equipment for evacuating people with disabilities. Evacuation chair training helps organisations stick to these rules, avoiding legal and financial problems for not following them.
  3. More Accessibility and Inclusion: Offering evacuation chair training shows that organisations want to include people with disabilities or mobility challenges. This can create a feeling of belonging and improve the overall experience for these individuals.
  4. Boosted Confidence and Less Anxiety: People with mobility issues might feel worried during emergencies. Evacuation chair training can ease these worries by assuring them that trained staff are ready to help them safely and efficiently.
  5. Reducing Risks: Good evacuation chair training can lower the risks linked to emergency evacuations, decreasing the chances of injuries, legal issues, and possible damage to property or equipment.
  6. Building Teams and Communication: Evacuation chair training often stresses the importance of teamwork, communication, and coordination among trained staff. This can create a sense of teamwork and improve how everyone works together in the workplace.

Additional Training:

Moving and Handling of People Training

Basic Life Support Training

 Moving & Handling Trainer Course

Fire Warden Training For Staff

Where is the training conducted?

The training can happen at your place, using your own tools, for a more tailored and hands-on learning experience.

Our skilled trainers will come to where you are and use your equipment to teach the course. This ensures that participants get hands-on experience with the tools they’ll use in their work.

This way, the training fits your exact needs and saves you the trouble of arranging equipment for the session.

Is the training online, face-to-face, or blended?

Absolutely! Our in-person training is led by skilled trainers who come to your location, offering personalised guidance and hands-on learning for the best training experience.

Through interactive teaching techniques, our experienced professionals involve participants, ensuring that learning is both enjoyable and effective.


Evacuation Chair Training FAQs:

  1. Do you need training to use an EVAC chair?

    • Yes, in most cases, it’s recommended or even required to have training to use an EVAC chair safely and properly. Different regions may have varying rules, but many places need documented training for those who might use an evacuation chair during an emergency.
  2. How much is the training?

    • The cost of EVAC chair training can differ based on factors like location, individual training or group training. Contact our course advisors to discuss more about your training needs and cost.
  3. What is the protocol for the EVAC chair?

    • The exact steps for using an EVAC chair depend on the model and your workplace’s evacuation plan. However, some general steps include assessing the situation for safety, securing the person using the chair’s safety straps as per the manufacturer’s instructions, and carefully descending stairs with one or two individuals.
  4. Do EVAC chairs need servicing?

    • Yes, EVAC chairs need regular servicing to make sure they’re safe and work well in an emergency. The recommended frequency for servicing can vary, usually ranging from annually to every few years, following the manufacturer’s instructions and local regulations.
  5. How long does EVAC chair training last?

    • The duration of EVAC chair training can vary depending on what’s covered and how complex it is. However, basic training programs typically last around 3-5 hours. Factors like Q & A in class, having every understand the hands-on learning is important to also consider. Talk to our team.

6. Who can use evacuation lifts and chairs?

Evacuation lifts and chairs are special tools for people who find it hard to leave a building quickly, especially during emergencies.

These individuals may have:

    1. Trouble moving around: Like using wheelchairs, crutches, or walkers, or finding stairs tricky due to balance problems or other issues.
    2. Short-term injuries: People who can’t use stairs temporarily, like if they have a broken leg or a twisted ankle, could benefit from evacuation lifts or chairs. You may need to first move people using a sliding sheet if they can’t move from the bed.
    3. Certain health problems: Those with conditions making it risky to go down stairs, such as feeling faint or having breathing issues, might also need evacuation gear.

Not everyone with trouble moving automatically gets to use these tools.

Other things to think about include:

Also, where and how a building is set up matters. Sometimes, using an evacuation lift or chair might not work because of things like how the building is made, the space available, or if there are obstacles.

A smart person, like a fire safety officer or healthcare provider, should decide if someone can use an evacuation lift or chair after thinking about the person’s needs and abilities carefully.

Remember these things too:

    • Workplace rules: Some jobs might have rules about who can use evacuation lifts and chairs. It’s important to know your workplace’s plan for emergencies and any rules they have.
    • Figuring out who needs help during an emergency: People who might need help leaving during an emergency should be known and part of the emergency plans. This might include making special plans for people with specific needs.

If everyone knows what they need to do during an emergency, especially those who might need help leaving, it helps make the place safer for everyone.

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