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June 26, 2014

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Evac+Chair: Emergency, Evacuation and Competency Event report


Evac+Chair International Access & Evac-U-8 organised and hosted the first ever Emergency, Evacuation & Competency Event at the Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium in London on 22 May.

The event included a variety of exhibitors from the health and safety industry and a selection of influential, world renowned speakers delivering powerful presentations throughout the day. The event attracted over 170 health and safety professionals and decision makers from a variety of business and public sectors. Supporting the event was UBM Media; a global events-led marketing and communication services business.

The day started with a welcome introduction provided by Chairman, Mike Elkerton from Access & Evac-U-8, which included presentations on the following:

  • A case study regarding the 911 and the World Trade Center disaster provided by Professor Ed Galea the founding director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) at the University of Greenwich in London.
  • How to evacuate safely and avoid prosecution delivered by Howard Passey; Commercial Director at Fire Protection Association.
  • A look into the universal evacuation standard presented by Graham Ellicott; CEO at Fire Industry Association.
  • Question and Answer with Phil Baugh, Fire Safety Officer at West Midlands Fire Service; allowing the audience to participate and ask questions.
  • The official launch of the Emergency Evacuation Association delivered by Mark Roberts; Sales & Marketing Director at Evac+Chair International.

In addition to the free content and exhibition, the event allowed delegates to network with likeminded people from the health and safety industry. At the end of the day attendees were presented with a CPD certificate issued by Access & Evac-U-8

Mark Roberts, Sales & Marketing Director at Evac+Chair International said: “For decades the focus has been on ensuring people have the appropriate access to buildings, however over time it has been recognised that evacuation has become just as important.  To my knowledge this was the first ever event of its kind and marked the launch of the Emergency Evacuation Association.  We have pioneered the association to create a unified voice to offer knowledgeable advice and ensure there is real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation to companies and organisations in the future.  Feedback by delegates who attended the event confirmed the requirement and importance for the association to be formed and thanked us for hosting such an informative event. Our aim moving forward is to host many more of these events to educate people, share ideas and offer a unified voice.”

Mike Elkerton, Chairman at Access & Evac-U-8 said: “We are so pleased to have selected the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club for this important CPD event. We have all now got to move forward and deal with the evacuation issues raised at the Conference.”

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