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EVAC CHAIR® launch the Next Generation
Powered Stair Chair
- THE POWER 800

EVAC CHAIR® North America LLC, maker of the original, lightest and world’s best-selling Evacuation Chairs, has announced the launch of its Evac+Chair® Power 800. 

The Power 800 enables stair ascent and descent in emergency evacuations, terror attacks, power outages, and daily patient transport allowing for safe and easy movement of a passenger up or down multiple flights of stairs.

The Evac+Chair® Power 800, has Evac+Chair’s specially designed track system, which enables a single user to transport a passenger over 200 flights of stairs in a single charge. Furthermore, the Evac+Chair® Power 800 standard features include an extra-long quick release 4 point harness, LED guidance lights, antimicrobial coatings, fully flame retardant and has an adjustable stair track for use on virtually any staircase. The design of the EVAC CHAIR® Power 800 stair chair possesses a narrow profile which allows the evacuee and the other building occupants to ascend or descend staircases during an emergency without interference. Its unique design allows first responders to assist anyone else with mobility impairments with relative ease. 

Dallas Independent School District working together with EVAC CHAIR® in the Pursuit of
a Safer Evacuation

EVAC CHAIR® North America LLC, maker of the original, lightest and world’s best-selling Education Evacuation Chairs, has announced the supply of over 100 of their model 300H Evacuation Chairs to the Dallas Independent School District. 
For immediate release — November 20, 2017 —

The Dallas Independent School District sits in the heart of a large, diverse and dynamic region with a population of 6.5 million people in the 12 counties of North Central Texas. The district is the second-largest public school district in the State of Texas and the 14th-largest district in the United States.
With these vast numbers Dallas Independent School District has taken effective steps to implement EVAC CHAIR’S to insure safe and simple evacuation in any emergency situation, supporting persons not able to evacuate independently whether needing to ascend or descend a staircase to reach an ultimate point of safety.

Mark Roberts Vice President of EVAC CHAIR® North America added ‘We are proud of our relationship with The Dallas Independent School District. EVAC CHAIR® is the leading provider of evacuation chairs to schools, colleges and universities. In the event of anyone, whether students, staff or visitors requires to be evacuated we have the right solution in the EVAC CHAIR®, which exceeds ADA/NFPA fire safety guidelines.’

EVAC CHAIR® over the last 40 years is the choice for safe evacuation for thousands of schools and colleges including Yale University, Harvard University and other high profile organizations such as Apple, Disney and the NBA.

Developed in New York City in 1982, EVAC CHAIR® is the global industry standard for lightweight, portable education evacuation chairs. Today the company sells to large and small venues, corporate entities, residential buildings, as well as globally to hotels, hospitals, office buildings, schools, assisted living facilities, residential and commercial high-rise buildings. EVAC CHAIR® can be utilized in any multi-story building where any tenant or occupant who needs help for any reason can get down the stairs in a safe manner. The design of the EVAC CHAIR® stair chairs possesses a narrow profile which allows any occupant and other building occupants to ascend or descend staircases during an emergency without interference. Its unique design allows first responders to assist anyone else with mobility impairments with relative ease.

Carnegie Hall takes Center
Stage in Promoting Safer Evacuation for its Patrons

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original, lightest and world’s best-selling Evacuation Chair, has announced the supply of their Evacuation Stair Chairs to the prestigious and world famous Carnegie Hall. 
For immediate release — Aug 5, 2017 —

Carnegie Hall standing for over a century, has installed both the EVAC+CHAIR® 600 and EVAC+CHAIR® 700 Ibex models to ensure safer evacuation for its occupants, should the need ever arise. Carnegie Hall can house in excess of 4000 visitors, in addition to its world class performers and responsible staff on site at any one time. With this vast number of lives to be protected and multiple stairwells, Carnegie Hall has taken effective steps to implement a staff training program in conjunction with EVAC+CHAIR®, insuring that Carnegie Hall has the most recent and relevant training in the use of EVAC+CHAIR® evacuation products.

The acquisition of these products increases the safe and simple evacuation in any emergency situation, supporting persons not able to evacuate independently whether needing to ascend or descend a staircase to reach an ultimate point of safety.

Mark Roberts, Vice President of EVAC+CHAIR® added “We are proud of our relationship with Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious buildings in the world. In the event of a person or persons needing to be evacuated safely and quickly, we are certain that our products will make the time pressured task easier and provide further confidence to staff and visitors.”

EVAC+CHAIR® manufactures and supplies its EVAC+CHAIR Emergency Evacuation Stair Chairs to a number of high profile organizations such as Apple, Disney and the NBA as well as a wide range of other venues in both the private and public sectors.

Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital Selects Evac+Chair® for Emergency Evacuation Chairs & Systems.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original, lightest and worlds best selling Evacuation Chair, announced the supply of their Evacuation Stair Chairs to the world famous St Jude Research Children’s hospital. — March 16, 2015  — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original Stair Chair is now part of St Jude emergency evacuation systems and procedures. The Emergency Rescue Chairs by EVAC+CHAIR may be used in any building that requires a safe, urgent and orderly evacuation need for anyone who is incapacitated or becomes incapacitated and cannot evacuate independently. EVAC+CHAIR® allows incapacitated person(s) to be placed into the Stair Chair and evacuated down the stairs in a safe, efficient and rapid manner. EVAC+CHAIR® Evacuation Chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled person(s) immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large facilities where emergency responders might have a difficult time locating, determining and reaching incapacitated individuals. EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest stair chair on the market. Our stair chairs are designed for simple one person operation. There is no need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the Staircase Chairs of EVAC+CHAIR® of North America.
EVAC+CHAIR® Emergency Evacuation Stair Chairs are so intuitive to operate, that virtually no training is required.”We are very excited to be working with St Jude said Richard Perl, Vice President of business development for EVAC+CHAIR® North America.” It is an amazing state of the art facility. St Jude is a world class operation and we are proud to be affiliated with them in their safety and evacuation procedures. Our hope is that there will be no need for our Rescue Chairs, however if the need arises, we are proud that they are using the best Evacuation Stair Chair on the market.

Evac+Chair® Stair Chairs - The Rescue Chair of Choice by Yankee Stadium

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, the original Evacuation Chair, announces Yankee Stadium Selects Evac+Chair of North American for their Emergency Evacuation needs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – New York, United States of America, January 20, 2014 — EVAC+CHAIR®

Evac+Chair® of North America, announced the sale of Stair Chairs to Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees, for use at all venue events being held at the most famous stadium in the world. The Emergency Rescue Chairs can be used in any building that requires a safe and urgent evacuation need for anyone who is incapacitated, or becomes incapacitated and cannot evacuate independently.
Evac+Chair® allows incapacitated person(s) to be placed into the Stair Chair and evacuated down the stairs in a safe, efficient and rapid manner. Evac+Chair® of North America Evacuation Chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations for example, someone who is sick, injured, temporary or permanently disabled.
Evac+Chair® offers immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large sporting venues, such as Yankee Stadium, where first responders will have a difficult time locating and reaching incapacitated individuals. As Evac+Chair® of North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest chair on the market and is designed for simple one person operation, there is less need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the Staircase Chairs. In addition, Evac+Chair® Emergency Evacuation Stair Chairs are so intuitive to operate, that minimal training is required.
“We are very excited to be working with Yankee Stadium,” said Richard Perl, Vice President of business development for Evac+Chair® of North America. “It is an amazing venue in time and history. Our hope is that there will never be a need for our Rescue Chairs, however if an unfortunate emergency does arise, we are proud that they are using the best Evacuation Stair Chair on the market.

Evac+Chair® announces donation towards Tunnel to Towers 5K run

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original Stair Chair, supports The Tunnel To Towers 5K Run. The Walk Series is a multi-city event focused on raising awareness and support for our most catastrophically injured service members and united ensuring “We Never Forget 9/11.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, United States of America  August 30, 2013 – EVAC+CHAIR®

Help the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T) continue to make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of our military and first responders who make extraordinary sacrifices each and every day to protect our freedom.

Fundraising is easier than you think, and you’ll be inspired by the support you receive when you share this important cause with your family, friends, and coworkers! When you give others an opportunity to make a donation, you’re empowering them to give back in supporting our most catastrophically injured service heroes. Start today! It’s as simple as asking 10 friends for $10!.

 

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has chosen EVAC+CHAIR® North America, for Evacuation Chairs, Products and Peripherals.​

EVAC+CHAIR North America, LLC, maker of the original and lightest, Evacuation Chair,
announced the sale of the Evacuation Stair Chairs to the Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United States —  Aug 19, 2013 —

EVAC+CHAIR North America, LLC, maker of the original Stair Chair is now part of Canon U.S.A., Inc emergency evacuation systems and procedures.
The Emergency Rescue Chairs by EVAC+CHAIR may be used in any building that requires a safe, urgent and orderly evacuation need for anyone who is incapacitated or becomes incapacitated and cannot evacuate independently.
EVAC+CHAIR allows incapacitated person(s) to be placed into the Stair Chair and evacuated down the stairs in a safe, efficient and rapid manner.
EVAC+CHAIR Evacuation Chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled person(s) immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large facilities where emergency responders might have a difficult time locating, determining and reaching incapacitated individuals. Canon employees went through an extensive “Train the Trainer” course and are well versed on the operation of the EVAC+CHAIR.
As EVAC+CHAIR North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest stair chair on the market. Our stair chairs are designed for simple one person operation. There is no need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the Staircase
Chairs of EVAC+CHAIR® of North America.
EVAC+CHAIR Emergency Evacuation Stair Chairs are so intuitive to operate, that virtually no training is required. “We are very excited to be working with Canon, U.S.A., Inc. said Richard Perl, Vice President of business development for
EVAC+CHAIR North America.”It is an amazing new state of the art facility. We are a New York based company that is proud to provide our evacuation stair chair products and be part of this new and exciting facility. Our hope is that there will be
no need for our Rescue Chairs, however if the need arises, we are proud that they are
using the best Evacuation Stair Chair on the market.

 

Barclays Center Sports Arena has chosen EVAC+CHAIR® North America, for Evacuation Chairs, Products and Peripherals.​

EVAC+CHAIR North America, LLC, maker of the original and lightest, Evacuation Chair, announced the sale of the Evacuation Stair Chairs to the Barclays Sports Arena Center.

EVAC+CHAIR North America, LLC, maker of the original Stair Chair is now part of the Barclays Sports Arena emergency evacuation systems and procedures. The Emergency Rescue Chairs by Evac+Chair may be used in any building that requires a safe, urgent and orderly evacuation need for anyone who is incapacitated or becomes incapacitated and cannot evacuate independently. EVAC+CHAIR allows incapacitated person(s) to be placed into the Stair Chair and evacuated down the stairs in a safe, efficient and rapid manner.

EVAC+CHAIR Evacuation Chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled person(s) immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large sporting venues, such as the events held at the Barclay Sports Arena or Superbowl, where emergency responders will have a difficult time locating, determining and reaching incapacitated individuals. As EVAC+CHAIR North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest stair chair on the market. Our stair chairs are designed for simple one person operation. There is no need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the Staircase Chairs of Evac+Chair of North America.

EVAC+CHAIR Emergency Evacuation Stair Chairs are so intuitive to operate, that virtually no training is required.

“We are very excited to be working with the Barclays Sports Center,” said Richard Perl, Vice President of business development for EVAC+CHAIR North America. “It is an amazing venue in time and history. We are a New York based company, that is proud to provide our evacuation stair chair products and be part of this new and exciting venue. Our hope is that there will be no need for our Rescue Chairs, however if the need arises, we are proud that they are using the best Evacuation Stair Chair on the market.

Evacuation Chair of Evac+Chair® of North America, Inducted in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum​

Evacuation Chairs of Evac+Chair of North America placed in the 9/11 Museum for saving the lives of several disabled individuals during the World Trade Center, (Twin Tower) Attack in New York City.

The original (over 30 years of experience) Evacuation Chair manufactured by Evac+Chair of North America, is inducted (placed) in the World Trade Center Museum, on display for saving the lives of several individuals that were confined to a wheelchair. Evac+Chair of North America is now part of American History for saving lives during the World Trade Center Attack in New York City. The Stair Chairs of Evac+Chair are of unique construction which makes it easy for anyone with any type impaired mobility (permanent and/or temporary) to be navigated up and/or down a staircase in time of need. Evac+Chair of North America is the company that originated the stairway evacuation chair over 30 years ago. More than six occupants were rescued to safety during the World Trade Center Towers attack on September 11, using the evacuation chairs of Evac+Chair of North America.

The narrow profile, design and very light weight construction of the Evac+Chair stair chair means that its use as an evacuation chair does not interfere with the ascent and/or descent of first responders sharing the very narrow stairwell of the World Trade Center. The stair chair manufactured by Evac+Chair is engineered to maneuver smoothly and consistently using a patented continuous rotating V belt that ensures safety and allows the user to have total control of the chair’s descent speed down the stairs with relative ease, regardless of the passenger’s weight or size.

Prior to the World Trade Center Twin Towers attack, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has purchased well over 125 Evacuation Chairs (Rescue Chairs) manufactured by Evac+Chair of North America. When the World Trade Center Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001; Several disabled workers (with impaired mobility) were prepared to put the Stair Chairs by Evac+Chair of North America into action. These disabled workers were aided by fellow employees utilizing the Stair Chairs of Evac+Chair, including John Abruzzo, who in the aftermath contacted Evac+Chair of North America for a special thanks for the rescue chair (evacuation chair) by Evac+Chair of North America.

John Abruzzo (9/11 survivor), a staff accountant for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was working at his computer on the 69th floor of One World Trade Center when the first hijacked jet sliced into the tower. “It felt like the building was punched,” he says. “My desk faces north the side the airplane hit. Paper was just coming down. Worse, the building swayed–and only in one direction says John.

By the time John Abruzzo, a C5-6 quad, had maneuvered his power wheel chair into the hallway, he saw only 10 of his coworkers–everyone else had already evacuated. A co-worker located one the the many EVAC+CHAIR’s located throughout the building and transferred John Abruzzo out of his new, customized Arrow into the Evacuation Chair of Evac+Chair of North America rescue device, which resembles a sled-like component that takes their place when going down stairs.

The survivors and their rescuers reported that they were able to make their way down the stairs as firefighters came up without any interference. It doesn’t take a level of disaster such as the Twin Towers attack to keep in mind the importance of getting all occupants out of any multi-story building or large venue to safely. Anyone who needs assistance down a stair case for any reason, in any building, in any situation that requires evacuation, can be helped to safety with any model of the product line of stair chairs and/or rescue chairs (evacuation chair) made by Evac+Chair of North America.

Evac+Chair of North America, manufacturers of Stair Chair Descent Devices (evacuation chairs or evac chair), as well as a complete line of evacuation system devices and peripherals, utilized to assist in the emergency evacuation of people with mobility needs from buildings or homes with more than one level. Although the product line of Evac+Chair is considered emergency evacuation chairs utilized for emergency stairway chair purposes only, however the staircase chairs can be utilized for several other real life scenarios as well. Any building and/or private home with a malfunctioning elevator and/or staircase, could easily make use of Evac+Chairs staircase chairs and/or rescue chair. Although the handicapped evacuation chair was utilized and successful during 9/11,evacuation chair was utilized and successful during 9/11, these stair chairs can be utilized for any free standing building with more than one floor.

Evac Staircase Chairs by Evac+Chair of North America, are not only for people who are disabled, but also for people with sudden mobility impairment or temporary mobility impairment due to surgery or unexpected injury. You may have walked up the stairs at any given venue and/or building with more than one floor, however you experienced a sudden injury and now faced with impaired mobility to the extent you can not walk down the stairs. This would include, but not be limited to; heart attack, seizure or even a major asthma attack. Suddenly, you are faced with challenge of staircase navigation maneuverability. Any building consisting of more than one level, should possess an emergency stair chair by Evac+Chair of North American in place for that very reason. Being prepared for such an event can save time which has been proven to be a factor in saving lives.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America based firm are carrying the torch for London 2012 Olympics​

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the lightest, Stair Chair on the market today, promotes the sale and use of state of the art Stair Chairs for use at the London Olympics 2012 venue.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original (but never duplicated) stair chair on the market today, promotes the sale and utilization of stair chair functionality and mobility at venues such as the London 2012 Olympics.

The Emergency Rescue Chairs has proven to be an asset of formality in a proactive state of preparedness in an emergency for those who are physically challenged or an isolated case of individual injury. At an event such as the London 2012 Olympics, ultimate mobility and flexibility is of the utmost importance for anyone who requires a safe and urgent evacuation and/or transport out of the building or stadium to a safe locale or medical triage determined location.

EVAC+CHAIR® allows incapacitated person(s) to be placed into the Stair Chair and evacuated down the stairs in a safe, efficient and rapid manner. EVAC+CHAIR® Evacuation Chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled person(s) immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large sporting venues, such as the London 2012 Olympics where emergency responders will have a difficult time locating, reaching and transporting incapacitated individuals.

As EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest stair chair on the market and is designed for simple (one person) operation, there is virtually no need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the Stair Chair. EVAC+CHAIR® products are professionally designed for maximum endurance, light weight and maximum functionality and mobility.

What’s more, EVAC+CHAIR® Stair Chairs are so intuitive to operate, that minimal to no training is required to operate and utilize the full functionality of their product line of emergency evacuation products and/or stair chairs. The London 2012 Olympics is an amazing venue in time and history. Our hope is that there will be no need for our Stair Chairs and/or Rescue Chairs, however if the need arises, EVAC+CHAIR® is proud to offer the best Evacuation Stair Chair on the market.

EVAC+CHAIR® stair chairs have been tested by the National Fire Protection Association which recognizes that fire and life safety is important to people with disabilities and/or injuries because of the barriers to accessing certain venues due to physical barriers within the built environment. The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. The world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates approximately 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. NFPA membership totals more than 75,000 individuals around the world.

Evac+Chair of North America, manufacturers of Stair Chair Descent Devices (evacuation chairs or evac chair), as well as a complete line of evacuation system devices and peripherals, utilized to assist in the emergency evacuation of people with mobility needs from buildings or homes with more than one level.

Products such as ResQmat, (Rescue Mat) which is used around the globe (but not limited to) Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes, Assisted Living and Ambulance Companies. Quick and Easy to prepare for evacuation Allows one person to safely transport another in emergencies. Easily moves over any surface across floors and down stairs. Soft-absorbing head pillow reduces head movement going down stairs Long towing straps at the head and feet for easy maneuvering.

Although the product line of Evac+Chair® is considered emergency evacuation chairs utilized for emergency stairway chair purposes only, the staircase chairs can be utilized for several other real life scenarios as well. Any building and/or private home with a malfunctioning elevator and/or staircase, could easily make use of Evac+Chairs staircase chairs and/or rescue chair. Although the handicapped evacuation chair was utilized and successful during 9/11, these stair chairs can be utilized for any free standing building with more than one floor.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America Announces Sale of Evacuation Chairs to Lucas Oil Field. Home of 2012 SUPER BOWL XLVI​

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original and lightest, Evacuation Chair on the market today, announced the sale of the Evacuation Chairs to the Lucas Oil Field.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original, and lightest, Evacuation Stair Chair on the market today, announced the sale of Evacuation Staircase Chairs to the Lucas Oil Field, home of the Indianapolis Colts, for use at venue events and this years 2012 SUPER BOWL. The Emergency Rescue Chairs can be used in any building that requires a safe and urgent evacuation need for anyone who is incapacitated, or becomes incapacitated and cannot evacuate independently. EVAC+CHAIR® allows incapacitated person(s) to be placed into the Stair Chair and evacuated down the stairs in a safe, efficient and rapid manner.

EVAC+CHAIR® Evacuation Chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled person(s) immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large sporting venues, such as the Superbowl, where emergency responders will have a difficult time locating and reaching incapacitated individuals. As EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest chair on the market and is designed for simple one person operation, there is less need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the Staircase Chairs.

What’s more, EVAC+CHAIR® Emergency Evacuation Stair Chairs are so intuitive to operate, that minimal training is required.

“We are very excited to be working with Lucas Oil Field,” said Richard Perl, Vice President of business development for EVAC+CHAIR® North America. “It is an amazing venue in time and history. Our hope is that there will be no need for our Rescue Chairs, however if the need arises, we are proud that they are using the best Evacuation Stair Chair on the market.

Evac+Chair® Shows Patient Transporter at NFPA SHOW

The innovative IBEX Transeat patient transporter from Evac+Chair® North America was introduced at this year’s NFPA conference in chicago.

The IBEX Transeat is a stair climber and stair descender that grips the stairs and controls the rate of descent with an adjustable braking system.

Not only does the IBEX Transeat appeal to the rescue services, but it also now plays a valuable part in aircraft passenger handling and high rise buildings.

With approximately 15 minutes training any individual should achieve the necessary competency to operate the IBEX Transeat safely and within their capabilities without fear of causing injury to themselves or the patient. The device will ascend(go up) a stair with the application of minimal force by two operators. The patient is never elevated above ground level and is never in danger of falling off the Transeat.

For buildings a simple wall bracket ensures it is always ready for use. It can also accomodate staircases designed with over a 45-degree angle of descent, quarter landings, carpeted stairs and obstacles such as doorframes and storm guards.

Product Warranties are NO SUBSTITUTE for Training and Servicing Warns Evac+Chair®

Evac+Chair® International has launched an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of training and servicing in the emergency evacuation equipment market.

Speaking about the issue, Mark Wallace said, “It is an increasingly common misconception that purchasing an emergency evacuation chair with a long product warranty is enough to comply with health and safety regulations.”

He warned, “ Simply purchasing the equipment, regardless of the length of product warranty is no longer adequate. Training and servicing of the equipment is now just as important under regulations such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), and this is the message we are keen to communicate to ensure business owners are fully protected.”

PUWER for example states that work equipment must be suitable for use, and for the purpose and conditions in which it is used; maintained in a safe condition for use so that people’s health and safety is not at risk; and inspected in certain circumstances to ensure that it is, and continues to be safe for use. It says ‘software’ measures should also be taken such as providing adequate information, instruction and training for the particular equipment. These points are also emphasised in the Disability Discrimination Act and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

As a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of emergency evacuation chairs for the mobility impaired, Evac+Chair® offers customers various training options and a nationwide inspection and maintenance service as part of its comprehensive aftersales support.

There is a practical short course for employees willing to learn the simple techniques. Carried out where possible on-site, it involves 2½ hours of hands-on certified training and assessment for groups of up to four individuals.

For medium to larger organisations, a higher level of training is provided. An employee who receives the Key Trainer Masterclass© course is then entitled to train other employees in turn. This makes it a useful and cost-effective method of sharing information within organisations, which are often multi-site. Evac+Chair® International now has four experienced training staff who carry out numerous training courses nationally.

This one-stop shop approach makes it easy for clients to fully comply with regulations, giving total peace of mind.

Oriana Cruise Ship Employs the Services
of Evac+Chair®
Evacuation Chairs

The cruise ship Oriana is one of the most glamourous and best-known of the world’s cruise liners, carrying thousands of passengers each year for their holidays of a lifetime to exciting and exotic destinations on its voyages around the world.

Passengers of the Oriana are of all ages and abilities and include those with mobility impairments. To ensure all passengers have adequate means of escape in the unlikely event that an emergency should occur and the elevators are out of action, the operators have installed EVAC+CHAIR® at strategic positions on their world-renowned vessel.

 

Are you prepared for emergency evacuation?

Hightened awareness of terrorism and natural disasters mean building evacuation plans are on many manager’s minds. By Law, organisations need to make physical provision for everyone to escape, including the mobility impaired.

Evac+Chair® is a pioneer in its field, yet offers a simple, safe and cost effective solution.

The chair uses continuous rotating v-belts to provide controlled stairway descent, enabling a single user to evacuate a mobility impaired person, without lifting or need to alter the building fabric. For ‘intelligent buildings’ such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Evac+Chair would have been invaluable when it took 5000 personnel over one and a half hours to evacuate after a bomb hoax.

Evac+Chair® is equally important for escaping those buildings directly affected by the event as well as for surrounding buildings indirectly affected through power failure and other intrusions.

Evac+Chair® enables a single user to easily evacuate a person with mobility difficulties from a building in the event of a disaster.

New angle extends possibilities for Evac+Chair

EVAC+CHAIR® has just increased the angle of descent capabilities of its EVAC+CHAIR® emergency evacuation chair by a crucial 2° so that it now has an operating angle of 40°.

This new product development not only sets a new benchmark that exceeds building regulations, but widens the application of the chair so that those with steeper stairs typically found in the domestic housing sector or in period buildings, can now benefit from the EVAC+CHAIR® as an emergency evacuation solution for the mobility impaired.

The 26 year proven Evac+Chair® can be operated safely and effortlessly at this angle enabling a single user to evacuate a person with mobility difficulties quickly and easily using continuous belts to provide controlled descent over stair nosings in proportion to passenger weight. This latest product development follows hard on the heels of an increase in the weight capabilities of the EVAC+CHAIR® from 300 lbs to 330 lbs during 2006, underlining its position at the forefront of its market. 

EVAC+CHAIR® Reminds Campus Officials of Importance of Having Emergency Evacuation Device in Dormitories and Academic Buildings

Recent fire in Rutgers University Dorm Brings to Mind Seton Hall Fire, Need for Emergency Evacuation for Incapacitated Occupants

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 2, 2010 – It only takes a minute for a careless college student to ignite a dangerous fire that can spread and cause bodily harm. A May 12 fire in a Rutgers University dormitory was put out quickly and no one was hurt, but the incident revives the memory of the tragic fire at Seton Hall University ten years ago, when three students were killed and 58 injured—some critically— in a dorm fire started by students.

Rich Perl, vice president of business development for Evac+Chair® North America, is reminding campus officials in colleges and universities to make sure all building occupants can get out safely and quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency.

“Anyone can become incapacitated in an emergency and need assistance getting out of a multi-story building, including a dormitory or college library,” explained Perl. “Young people can develop anxiety attacks, someone recovering from an injury or surgery might not be able to negotiate stairs that day, or an older visitor could be unsteady on his feet. The Evac+Chair® simply unfolds and can ferry a person to safety by just one person,” he added.

The Evac+Chair’s® lightweight portability and narrow profile give it a distinct advantage over other evacuation devices. It allows first responders and other building occupants to pass without interference on crowded stairwells, and its unique patented design makes it easy enough for just one person to operate. Perl added that the Evac+Chair® was instrumental in the rescue of several disabled building occupants during the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Evac+Chair® North America has placed Evac+Chairs® in theatres and stadiums, hospitals and nursing homes, office buildings and hotels throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Many public school districts, state universities and private colleges are among the educational facilities using Evac+Chairs®.

“National Campus Fire Safety Month is in September,” noted Perl, “so summer is the time to prepare for the back-to-school season before a tragedy occurs.”

 

EVAC+CHAIR® Comes to the "Rescue" and Assists West Point Military Cadets in Engineering Project

On May 6th, the CBS Radio Network announced that several West Point cadet engineers created an evacuation device for use in the Statue of Liberty.

They have Evac+Chair® North America to thank for the input that helped them develop their own evacuation device.

Rich Perl, vice president of business development for Evac+Chair® North America received a call from a West Point cadet who explained he was working on this project for evacuating the crown of the Statue of Liberty. “I offered my assistance as they needed it during their project,” said Perl. “During two or three phone calls, I gave the students tips and advice on evacuation chairs.” Now the cadets have been recognized for their evacuation device designed to take incapacitated visitors down the steep and narrow spiral staircase from the crown, quickly and safely.

Evac+Chair®, the firm that originated the stairway evacuation chair in 1982, is the world leader in the industry. Evac+Chair® North America, has distribution rights throughout the US, Canada and Mexico; it has placed chairs on Ellis Island, and in NYC hotels, office buildings, stadiums, hospitals and college campuses across the country. Evac+Chair® North America is based out of Lake Success, New York on Long Island.

The cadets’ device is a folding chair that can hold up to 350 pounds. Its speed is controlled with pulleys operated by two rescuers. “We have a model, the IBEX 700H, that can go down and up stairs which makes it unusual, as most evacuation chairs only go down stairs. Like the West Point device, this particular model also requires two people to operate but it holds up to 400 pounds,” noted Perl.

The Evac+Chair® played a prominent role in the rescue of several occupants of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. It is lightweight and portable and its narrow profile allows first responders and other building occupants to pass safely without interference on stairwells during an emergency. Most Evac+Chair® models are designed for one person to operate safely and can hold 400 pounds.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America Donates Evacuation Chairs to British Columbia Ambulance Service for Use in Vancouver Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 22, 2010 – EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original, and lightest, evacuation chair on the market, today announced the company has donated its evacuation chairs to the British Columbia Ambulance Service for use by the Emergency Management Team based in Vancouver, host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The EVAC+CHAIR® is designed to be used in a building evacuation situation for anyone who is incapacitated, or becomes incapacitated, and cannot evacuate quickly enough on their own. EVAC+CHAIR® allows injured or mobility impaired persons to be placed into the chair and evacuated down stairs quickly and safely.

EVAC+CHAIR® evacuation chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled persons nearly immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large sporting venues where emergency responders will have a difficult time locating and reaching incapacitated individuals. As EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest chair on the market and is designed for simple one person operation, there is less need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the chair. What’s more, EVAC+CHAIR® is so intuitive to operate that little training is required.

“We are thrilled to donate the EVAC+CHAIR® to the British Columbia Ambulance Service for use in Vancouver, host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics,” said Richard Perl, Vice President of Business Development for EVAC+CHAIR® North America. “Our hope is that the chair never has to be used, but if the need arises we are proud that Vancouver, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, will have access to the best evacuation chair on the market, EVAC+CHAIR®.”

EVAC+CHAIR® North America Announces
Sale of Evacuation Chairs
to Home of the
San Jose Sharks

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 8, 2010 –EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original, and lightest, evacuation chair on the market today, announced the sale of the company’s evacuation chairs to the HP Pavilion, home of the San Jose Sharks, for use at the venue’s events.

The chairs can be used in a building evacuation situation for anyone who is incapacitated, or becomes incapacitated, and cannot evacuate, or cannot evacuate quickly enough on their own. EVAC+CHAIR® allows incapacitated persons to be placed into the chair and evacuated down stairs safely and quickly.

EVAC+CHAIR® evacuation chairs greatly enhance safety in all evacuation situations as they allow sick, injured or disabled persons nearly immediate evacuation options in emergency situations where seconds count. They are especially important in large sporting venues where emergency responders will have a difficult time locating and reaching incapacitated individuals. As EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest chair on the market and is designed for simple one person operation, there is less need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the chair. What’s more, EVAC+CHAIR® is so intuitive to operate that little training is required.

“We are very excited to be working with HP Pavilion,” said Richard Perl, Vice President of Business Development for EVAC+CHAIR® North America. “It is an amazing venue steeped in history. Our hope is that the chair never has to be used, but if the need arises we are proud that the HP Pavilion is using the best evacuation chair on the market, EVAC+CHAIR®.”

EVAC+CHAIR® North America Supplies Evacuation Chairs to Famed Walter Reed Military Hospital

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 29, 2010 –EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC, maker of the original, and lightest weight evacuation chair on the market today announced a deal with famed Walter Reed Hospital located in Washington, DC, to provide the company’s evacuation chairs for use in building evacuations.

Evacuation chairs greatly enhance safety in hospital settings where there is a greater concentration of disabled individuals who cannot evacuate a building on their own, or cannot evacuate quickly enough in an emergency situation. As EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC is the maker of the lightest weight chair on the market and is designed for simple one person operation, there is less need to find an assistant with sufficient strength to operate the chair. What’s more, EVAC+CHAIR® is so intuitive to operate that little training is required.

“While helping people and increasing safety is EVAC+CHAIR® North America LLC’s mission, we are especially honored to provide our chairs to a facility serving the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Richard Perl, vice president of business development for EVAC+CHAIR® North America. “As is the case with the military, it is our hope that the chairs never need to be utilized, but if they are needed, we are proud that Walter Reed Hospital is getting the best.”

Company's Portable Emergency Evacuation Chairs Now in Wanaque, N.J. School District

(Lake Success, NY) – September 8, 2010 — Students are back in school and Evac+Chair® North America reminds all public school districts, private schools, and colleges and universities throughout the United States that September is National Campus Fire Safety Month. Rich Perl, vice president of business development for Evac+Chair® North America, based in Lake Success, New York, stresses the importance of making sure all occupants can get out safely and quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency in multi-story school buildings.

“Anyone can become incapacitated in an emergency and need assistance getting out of a multi-story building, including a high school, a dormitory or college library,” explained Perl. “Young people can develop anxiety attacks, someone recovering from an injury or surgery might not be able to negotiate stairs that day, or an older visitor could be unsteady on his feet. The Evac+Chair® simply unfolds and can ferry a person to safety by just one person,” he added.

Perl noted that the Wanaque public school district in northern New Jersey is a new customer that has purchased the firm’s emergency evacuation chairs for its Wanaque and Haskell schools. “We commend the Wanaque school district for upgrading its life safety measures in concert with recent security upgrades,” said Perl. “There are now Evac+Chairs® mounted on the second floor of both schools to help disabled students, faculty and visitors reach safety when the elevators are not available, especially during fire emergencies.”

The Evac+Chair’s® lightweight portability and narrow profile give it a distinct advantage over other evacuation devices. It allows first responders and other building occupants to pass without interference on crowded stairwells, and its unique patented design makes it easy enough for just one person to operate. Perl added that the Evac+Chair® was instrumental in the rescue of several disabled building occupants during the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Evac+Chair® North America has placed the evacuation chairs in theatres and stadiums, hospitals and nursing homes, office buildings and hotels throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Many public school districts, state universities and private colleges are among the educational facilities using Evac+Chairs®.

With National Campus Fire Safety Month and the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in September, and Fire Safety Month in October, Perl advises the managers and owners of public facilities and multi-story apartment and office buildings to make life safety a priority this fall. “It only takes a few minutes for a tragedy to occur,” noted Perl. “On September 11, 2001, we all learned how important it is to get people out of buildings efficiently so that first responders can do their jobs.”

From Los Angeles to New York, cities and municipalities are dealing with deep budget cuts, many of which affect police and fire departments. In light of these measures, EVAC+CHAIR® North America, LLC cautions building owners and managers to take up the slack in emergency management caused by decreased budgets, fire house closures, and police and fire department layoffs. The firm advises that now more then ever, it is crucial to stock emergency evacuation chairs to rescue mobility-impaired occupants from a building or public facility during a fire or other disaster.

“Emergency response times to fires will be longer now that fire houses are closing and fire departments are shrinking,” noted Rich Perl, vice president of business development for EVAC+CHAIR® North America, which distributes the EVAC+CHAIR®, a lightweight emergency evacuation chair for stairway use. EVAC+CHAIR® has been the industry standard worldwide for portable evacuation devices since its invention in 1982.

According to the National League of Cities, the municipal budget shortfalls for 2010 to 2012 are projected to be as high as $56-$83 billion, due to state cuts and declining tax collections; these cuts are already affecting fire and police departments as cities and towns wrestle with declining revenues and continued or increased service demands. That all translates into fewer firefighters and policemen who can get to a fire quickly and assist occupants in an evacuation.

“Any multi-story building should have an emergency evacuation plan in place, especially in commercial properties such as office buildings,” said Perl. “In big cities, with a preponderance of high-rise apartment and office buildings, getting people who need assistance down the stairs efficiently can mean the difference between life and death.” Perl recommends placing an evacuation chair at every exit on every floor, and training building occupants in its use and location as part of an evacuation plan.

EVAC+CHAIR®‘s narrow profile allows first responders and other building occupants to ascend or descend staircases during an emergency without interference, and its unique design allows most able-bodied users to assist anyone with mobility impairments or other conditions in need of help with relative ease. It serves as a veritable lifeboat for stairways, and was a key factor in the rescue of several disabled occupants from the Twin Towers during the attacks of September 11, 2001.

EVAC+CHAIR® North America sells the portable evacuation chair and other assistive devices to owners and managers of multi-story commercial properties and public facilities throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. The EVAC+CHAIR® is found in industrial buildings, office and apartment buildings, hospitals and nursing homes, academic and residential buildings at colleges and universities, and theatres, stadiums and arenas—any facility where anyone might need assistance due to a temporary or permanent disability or mobility impairment.

“As building managers and owners weigh the costs and benefits associated with stocking an evacuation device such as the EVAC+CHAIR®, the cost of lost lives and all that ensues from that kind of tragedy must be a critical part of the life safety equation,” said Perl. For more information about the EVAC+CHAIR® or for a demonstration, call (516) 502-4240, email Rich Perl at sales@evac-chair.com, or go to www.evac-chair.com.

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