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					                                                                                  FIRESAFE Factfile: D2
 EM - FIRE SAFETY UNIT                                                                 Reviewed: 2011
"Promoting Safety - Reducing Risk"


                     ELECTRO-MECHANICAL
          EVACUATION AIDS FOR MOBILITY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
 1.    Purpose

       The purpose of this factfile is to provide information for people who may require the use
       of an electro-mechanical stair climbing device to assist with the evacuation of mobility
       impaired people.

 2.    Introduction

       The University has for a number of years provided Evac+Chairs for the assistance of
       evacuating mobility impaired persons from buildings in an emergency.

       These chairs are not suitable for all locations and in order to provide an enhanced facility
       a number of electro-mechanical stair climbing devices are now available from the Fire
       Safety Unit.

       The new devices have the capacity to move persons both up and down stairs, and, whilst
       provided predominantly for the evacuation of people they can also be utilised to provide
       access in some cases.

       These devices are not intended to take the place of permanent access facilities but they
       provide a useful short term solution.

 3.    Description

       The types of device that are now in use within the University

 3.1   The Stair Climbing System C-max U2 manufactured by AAT Alber Antriebstechnik GmbH
       in accordance with current regulations of the European Union, EEC guidelines
       93/42/EWG and tested to the ISO/FDIS 7176-23.

       The unit is a folding chair that climbs stairs and is powered by 2 X 12volt sealed
       batteries. It is light weight, easily manoeuvrable and can be used on both level and
       sloping ground in addition to conventional and winding stairs.

       Technical Data

       Maximum lifting capacity 160kg
       Climbing speeds 8-23 steps per minute
       Battery capacity 15-30 floors depending on load
       Maximum step height 21cm


 3.2   The Stairmate mobile stair climber supplied by Baronmead International

       The unit is a tracked device which will transport a conventional wheelchair and occupant
       both up or down straight flights of stairs, it can also be used on level of sloping ground
       and is powered by a 12 volt sealed battery.

                                     Fire Safety Unit Mission Statement
          ‘To deliver the highest level of fire safety support and advice to all stakeholders thereby protecting the
                     University’s people, estate and reputation from the possible consequences of fire.’
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                                                                                  FIRESAFE Factfile: D2
 EM - FIRE SAFETY UNIT                                                                 Reviewed: 2011
"Promoting Safety - Reducing Risk"
       Technical Data

       Maximum lifting capacity 130kg
       Operating speed 6.5 – 7.5 metres per minute
       Battery capacity approximately 600 steps depending on load

 3.3   3.3 The Vimec mobile stair climber supplied by Total Protection Services

       The unit is a tracked device similar to the Stairmate which will transport a conventional
       wheelchair and occupant both up or down straight flights of stairs, it can also be used on
       level of sloping ground and is powered by 2 X 12 volt sealed battery.

       Technical Data

       Maximum lifting capacity 130kg
       Operating speed 5 metres per minute
       Works on gradients up to a max 35 degrees

 4.    Ownership

       The devices are purchased by the Fire Safety Unit who will be responsible for the
       ongoing maintenance of the unit, and are available on a loan and return basis.

 5.    Training

       The chairs must only be used by trained staff, and in conjunction with a PEEP based on
       risk assessment or specific user need.

       The Fire Safety Unit have 5 members of staff who are fully qualified to train trainers and
       they will undertake any initial and ongoing refresher training required by departments.

       Initial training and refresher training courses will vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour per
       person depending on previous use.

 6     Handling and Use

       Before using any mobile evacuation device operators should familiarise themselves with
       the contents of FIRESAFE Factfile D3

 7.    Further Details

       Further information can be obtained by contacting the Fire Safety Office on (3)37822




                                     Fire Safety Unit Mission Statement
          ‘To deliver the highest level of fire safety support and advice to all stakeholders thereby protecting the
                     University’s people, estate and reputation from the possible consequences of fire.’
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