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March 22, 2016

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Emergency evacuation association launched

EPA logoA new membership body designed to represent the emergency evacuation sector is being launched this week by the Fire Protection Association (FPA).

The Emergency Evacuation Association (EEA) has been created in collaboration with Evac+Chair and will offer members publications, guidance and advice to safeguard the interests of organisations from all sectors and industries that have an interest or responsibility in emergency evacuation.

The EEA will provide a unified voice for the sector and will lobby alongside the FPA for safety standards to be improved, starting with demanding an standards for evacuation products to be introduced.

Cost of membership for the EEA will start from £240 +VAT, and members will be offered a range of benefits including:

  • Two e-learning courses on evacuation;
  • The ability to download publications and other documents from FPA member library;
  • Free attendance to EEA/FPA member events;
  • Monthly emails with news and technical articles/best practice on evacuation;
  • Monthly copy of Fire Risk Management magazine;
  • EEA membership card and certificate;
  • Use of EEA member logo; and
  • FPA SME level membership and all its benefits.

FPA marketing manager Jimmy Phillips said: ‘We are excited to be launching the EEA as we’ve been approached by many people telling us there’s a huge interest in having a unified voice for the emergency evacuation sector. We’re delighted to be able to provide the industry with a one-stop-shop for best practice, guidance and lobbying.’

Evac+Chair sales and marketing director Mark Roberts added: ‘EEA has been launched to ensure there is real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation for its members and its future with knowledgeable advice, to unite companies and organisations from all sectors and industries. It is no longer just fires that can be a potential threat to the lives of visitors, staff or residents, and routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by other disastrous events; it is therefore essential that evacuation is at the forefront of people’s minds.

‘The Fire Protection Association draws attention to the dangers of fire and the means by which their potential for loss is kept to a minimum, which makes them the perfect partner for the EEA. They have an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying and auditing and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management.’

The FPA and EEA and hosting the FPA Fire and Evacuation Theatre at Safety & Health Expo in June. Register for Safety & Health Expo.

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