How would you transport injured or disabled persons down flights of stairs in an emergency? Check out what Dallas schools decided to do

by Brianna Crandall — December 22, 2017 — Evac+Chair North America, the maker of what is said to be the original, lightweight and widely used Education Evacuation Chair, has announced the supply of over 100 of its model 300H Evac+Chairs to the Dallas Independent School District.

One person pushing another down stairs in a mobile evacuation chair

Evac+Chair’s innovative stairway evacuation chairs can ensure safe and simple evacuation of any persons not able to evacuate independently, in any emergency situation.

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 innovative stairway evacuation chairs to ensure 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.

The 300H model now has dual-position seating to provide optimal comfort and safety. The lightweight chair features one-person operation, with head, chest and thigh restraints, photoluminescent signage, and locking rear wheels.

Mark Roberts, vice president of EVAC CHAIR North America, stated:

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 [sic] 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 has been 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. The chair can be a vital component of facilities’ preparations for emergencies of all kinds.

Developed in New York City in 1982 and used to evacuate the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Evac+Chair is touted as the industry standard for lightweight, portable education evacuation chairs. Today the company sells to large and small venues, corporate entities and 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 multistory building so that any tenant or occupant who needs help for any reason can get down the stairs in a safe manner. The design of the evacuation chair for stairs features a narrow profile that allows any occupant and other building occupants to ascend or descend staircases during an emergency without interference. Its unique design is also said to allow first responders to assist anyone else with mobility impairments with relative ease.

For more information on the company’s Evacuation Chairs or specifically the 300H Evac+Chair model, visit the Evac+Chair Web site.