Evacuation Aid Instructors Course

The Evacuation Aid Instructors Course is for those who wish to gain a qualification to teach healthcare staff in the safe use of an evacuation aid and complete procedure fire drills

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    The Evacuation Aid Instructors Course is designed to enable an individual to deliver staff training utilising evacuation equipment safely and in a controlled manner. Phoenix STS is the only company within Ireland authorised to deliver a train-the-trainer course on the full range of “Ski” evacuation products; this includes Ski evacuation sheets, pads and mats. Management must actively monitor evacuation practice drills, evacuation aid training content, and staff attendance at training so that service providers take a proactive approach to ensuring everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency requiring an evacuation of service users/residents/patients.

    There should be a clearly defined process to ensure that changes in the procedures are communicated to all staff and others working in the centre, and any additional training required. Service providers must ensure that all people working in the centre know the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency and their individual specific roles as set out within these procedures.

    Evacuation aids such as Ski Pads, Ski Sheets and evacuation chairs can all be used to safely move people with mobility impairments in emergency evacuation situations, depending on the user’s physical requirements. Anyone responsible for operating an evacuation aid must receive proper training to ensure they are competent in its use and can use the evacuation aid correctly and safely.

    This course is broken down into three modules evacuation sheets, evacuation aids up to 160 kg, and evacuation aids over 160 kg. Learners can choose to complete all three modules or only the modules that are relevant to their environment.

    The Evacuation Aid Instructors Course is conducted according to manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines, with a maximum of two learners per course. To be deemed competent to provide training on the use of “Ski” evacuation equipment, you must hold a current instructor certificate.

    Our tutors must undergo extensive refresher training every three years to ensure they are certified to deliver training. Phoenix STS ensures that our tutors are current with manufacturer’s requirements and current medical training guidelines for evacuation sheets, pads and mats. Ensure that you meet your legal obligations and be kept up to date with new regulations in emergency escape procedures for all, including the mobility impaired, by being trained by our official recognised tutors.

    Upon completing the chosen module, all learners will be able to safely use the evacuation aid according to their organisations moving and handling procedures to avoid the risk of manual handling injuries to both themselves and the person being evacuated.

    A suitable location for practical activities within a healthcare environment is required to complete the Evacuation Aid Instructors Course, i.e. Nursing Home or Hospital (staff who assist learners will be certified as trained in the use of evacuation aids by Phoenix STS). What will we need for the training?

    • Training room
    • Bed with a complete bedding set
    • Access to a stairwell (if on-site)
    • Module one and two will require a minimum of 4 to 6 per practice training session
    • Module three will require a minimum of 6 to 8 per practice training session

    Course Aims

    • To enable you to instruct healthcare staff in the safe use of evacuation aids
    • The safety of staff, patients and residents when required to be evacuated with the use of an evacuation aid

    Course Objectives

    • For you to have a good understanding of evacuation aid requirements within a healthcare environment
    • To train you as an instructor in the safe use of evacuation aids
    • To enable you to assess the suitability of evacuation aids within a healthcare environment

    Who Should Attend This Course?

    Any person required to train healthcare staff in the safe use of evacuation aids

    Pre-Course Requirements

    • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
    • Learners must be 18 years of age or over
    • Learners should wear appropriate clothing for an interactive and practical course
    • It is recommended learners complete the People Moving and Handling Course before attending this training
    • The building occupier is required to provide suitable training areas in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19
    • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements

    Course Programme

    • Health & Safety at Work
    • Theory of evacuation and planning for evacuation within healthcare
    • Description and limitations of evacuation aids
    • Practical exercises involving the use of evacuation aids
    • Deliver a ‘mock’ training session to peers
    • Assessing evacuation aid use

    Our Tutors

    All our tutors hold a minimum;

    • QQI Level 7 in their subject matter or higher
    • Train-the-Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher
    • People Moving Instructor Qualified
    • Evacuation Aid Instructor Qualified

    Training Methods

    • Classroom-based PowerPoint presentation
    • Demonstration and Practice
    • Deliver a ‘mock’ training session to peers


    Learners will be required to deliver a ‘mock’ training session


    • Upon successfully completing the Healthcare Evacuation Aid Instructors Course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS Training certificate
    • The certificate will be valid for three (3) years


    Module 1

    • Ski Evacuation Sheets
    • 6.5 Hours

    Module 2

    • Evacuation Aid Pads or Mats Under 160kg
    • 6.5 Hours

    Module 3

    • Evacuation Aids Pads or Mats Over 160kg)
    • 6.5 Hours

    This allows adequate time for practice and demonstration with the skills modules of the course

    Maximum Number of Learners

    As the Evacuation Aid Instructors Course is predominantly skill-based, it is limited to 2 learners per course. A maximum of 2 learners allows adequate practice periods for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in delivering training programmes.

    • Where do we offer training?

      Cavan, Donegal, Down, Monaghan.

      Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

      Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly (aka Kings), Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow.

      Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.