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The EVAC+CHAIR® is the original emergency evacuation chair. There are plenty of copycat competitors, but as usual, the original is still the best. Here's why:

Our evacuation chair is simple. It works every time. It is intuitive so anyone can use it, even without training or instruction. There are no complicated add-ons to break. No gimmicky features to snag or fail. It simply works, effectively, easily, and does what it was designed to do: save lives.

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  1. GSA Schedule: GS-07F-0162V
  2. ISO 9001:2000
  3. ADA
  1. RESNA
  2. NFPA
  3. Winner: Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) - Design of the Decade
IBEX Tran-Seat 700H
AIR+CHAIR Onboard Transit Chair

EVAC+CHAIR® Frequently Asked Questions

How many people does it take to operate the EVAC+CHAIR®?

Just one to guide the chair and the person seated in it down the steps. the EVAC+CHAIR® does 90% of the work itself.

Can the EVAC+CHAIR® go up stairs?

Yes. The EVAC+CHAIR® model, 600-H is equipped with front and rear lift handles for this purpose. However, in order to ascend up stairs or over obstacles, two operators are required to lift the chair. The treads cannot be used to go up stairs.


Our IBEX 700H will go both up and down stairs without any carrying or lifting. The treads never leave the stair nosing and support 90% of the passengers weight.
Click here to see a demonstration.

Are there any special attachments needed on the stairs?

EVAC+CHAIR® is all that is required. It uses basic principles of gravity and friction, not gadgets. There is no installation. It's always ready for immediate on-the-job protection.

Can the person seated in the chair fall out?

No. He or she is seated within a pocket seat that "cups" the body securely. The rider is strapped in and sits only inches from the incline of the steps. All weight is supported by the stairs, not the straining arms of volunteers.

How strong does a "buddy" have to be to guide EVAC+CHAIR®?

We recommend that attendants initially practice with a person who weighs about their own body weight. Once the physical sense of operation is experienced, and depending upon the operator's own strength and agility, greater disparities in weight can be handled.

Is the EVAC+CHAIR® recommended for the disabled individual at home?

No, we can't recommend it for this situation (except for the high-rise apartment dweller) because of the varied and non-standard space and stair configurations of the private home. EVAC+CHAIR® offers one-way transport only, a "lifeboat" function absolutely essential for a building but not practical for the individual seeking daily assistance up and down stairs.

How long does it take to learn to use EVAC+CHAIR®?

By following the instructions that come with the unit (they're also printed on the seat) the average person should be proficient with someone his or her own weight within 5 minutes. It's that simple!

How did the EVAC+CHAIR® come to be?

It was invented by David Egen. Click here for the full story.

Can I see a demonstration?

Sure. Click here for an online video. We can also come to you for a live demonstration. Just contact us to set up an appointment.

How many EVAC+CHAIRS® do I need?

It depends on the size and capacity of your location. Please call one of our evacuation experts to better assess your needs.

How strong do I need to be to operate the EVAC+CHAIR®?

Because the chair operates on the Patented POLYMATIC-V BELT system, strength is less of a concern than using proper technique. When using the chair to transport someone downstairs, it is important to note that you should be pushing down towards your toes, not pulling back. Remember, to avoid injury to operators and/or the passenger, operators should never attempt to transport passenger loads greater than what they can lift.

Are these chairs required?

The ADA requires each building to have accessible means of egress (ADAAG 4.1.3(9), 4.3.10), but does not specify a solution. During most emergencies, the preferred method of egress — elevators — are out of service for safety reasons. The EVAC+CHAIR® serves as an effective means of exiting a multistory building for handicapped or incapacitated individuals. THE EVAC+CHAIR® CAN BE YOUR SOLUTION!

Descend Stair with Evacuation ChairSpecifications

The Secret behind EVAC+CHAIR's smooth glide over stairs

An interface of a specially modified endless belting to the two supporting rear carriages provides a smooth, continuously working brake/traction system that slows descent proportionally to the weight of the passenger. On landings, the geometry of the unit transfers all weight to the two main wheels for pivot turns and travel.

EVAC+CHAIR is delivered completely assembled!

Evacuation Experts for Training Size Folded: 38" x 21" x 8"Weight 19-lbs Capacity 400-lbs
Tubing: 1" OD .090 wall 6061-T6 alloy (fire ladder quality)
Restraints: 1 2" belt for waist/chest and 1 padded for forehead
Wheels: 6" wide profile
Wall Mount: J-bracket hardware supplied
Maintenance: Visual inspection during training. Belts hand rotated twice a year to prevent "set".
Training: Operation should be practiced during scheduled fire drills. Illustrated operating instructions supplied.
Use Restrictions: Unit is designed for use on straight fire stairs only with hard nosings and with gradients of between 28 and 40 degrees.

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