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Hi,

Looking for some advice on evacuating disabled persons from a building.

Is there any legal barrier that prevents staff going back into a building to assist with the evacuation of disabled persons?

My view is that while not ideal, it would be acceptable unless it put the staff at risk, but I'd appreciate any opinions and advice.

Thanks.

 

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There are no legal barriers to reentering  building on fire IMO but not a wise one, there should be a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for each wheelchair user and the member of staff and the wheelchair user leave together. If there are more wheelchairs than staff then move all the wheelchairs to a protected refuge near a final exit then move them outside when all have been accounted for.

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Thanks Tom.

The main issue is that there is one "Wheelchair Walker" device in the school that allows transport of a pupil without the need for them to leave their wheelchair, but there are two pupils in the school who need use of this device.

Looks like they will need to invest in a second walker!

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They may be able to be carried downstairs in their wheelchair; I will need to find out what type of chair they use. Horizontal evacuation could be used, but I assume such a plan would also need to include the possibility that they would need to leave the building eventually depending on the extent of the fire.

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Thanks Tom. It turns out one of the pupils is in a manual wheelchair and can be transferred to an evac chair, or they can be carried down in their wheelchair.

The other pupil is in a heavy powered chair and he will need to use the wheelchair walker.

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On 9/30/2017 at 14:23, Tom Sutton said:

There are no legal barriers to reentering  building on fire IMO but not a wise one, there should be a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for each wheelchair user and the member of staff and the wheelchair user leave together. If there are more wheelchairs than staff then move all the wheelchairs to a protected refuge near a final exit then move them outside when all have been accounted for.

I'm surprised to hear that there are not legal barriers to reentering the building. I assumed that in most instances civilians would be barred from carrying out acts like that so that the professional emergency responders can tackle it efficiently. I might be wrong in this assumption though 

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