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Rugby club updates evacuation equipment

05 February 2018

Wasps Rugby Club, based at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, West Midlands, approached Evac+Chair seeking to update their current  emergency evacuation equipment.

Gary Moseley from Wasps Rugby Club said: “Evac+Chair had been a major supplier at my previous place of work, and having used their products I knew that Evac+Chair offers the best solution in terms of design and quality.” 

Following their complimentary site survey, Evac+Chair were able to advise Wasps Rugby Club on the specific chair type and quantity that they needed and where best for them to be located. The model chosen was the 300H which has a 182kg weight carrying capacity and is designed for one-person operation avoiding the need for heavy lifting or manual handling. All seventeen 300H Evac+Chairs have been installed for the public and corporate areas for match days and corporate events.

Evac+Chair also supplied a further five Ibexes which have been installed for upward egress from the basement levels. The Ibex is designed for two-person operation to safely descend and ascend stairs. It is well suited where space is restricted. Manufactured in Birmingham, UK, all Evac+Chairs carry the CE mark (Class 1 medical device) and also undergo independent type testing.

Not only is it important to have the right equipment in place, it is also a key requirement to have sufficient personnel trained in the use of evacuation chairs in the event of an emergency. Although all Evac+Chair equipment is designed to be easy to use, the company always recommend evacuation chair training and are able to offer two training levels, ‘Key Trainer Masterclass’ or ‘Operator Training’. Wasps Rugby Club opted for the Evac+Chair Key Trainer Masterclass. This is a full-day, certificated, ‘train the trainer’ course, enabling key staff to achieve the required level for formal certification, which qualifies them to provide in-house training to other staff members.