Evacuation Aid Training Course

The Evacuation Aid Training Course will provide learners with knowledge in the safe use of evacuation aids such as Evacuation Sheets, Ski Sled and Ski Pads

The Evacuation Aid Training course is for frontline staff who have a crucial role to play, as they are often the first people responding to an emergency. The safe evacuation of a person is dependent on the knowledge, skill, and ability of staff conducting their evacuation. When a fire occurs, the evacuation of residents is the responsibility of staff and not the Fire and Rescue Service, which is to tackle the fire and rescue service users/residents only if the predefined evacuation strategy has failed. The requirements to manage evacuation are set out in the Fire Services Act 1981 as amended 2003.

The course is 100% practical and is designed for all care staff and provides them with the necessary knowledge and skill to operate evacuation aids such as Ski Evacuation Sheets and Ski Pads.

Having the ability to evacuate service users/residents is essential to demonstrate compliance with Regulation 28 Fire Safety (HIQA) and the guidance contained within “Fire Safety Handbook a Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres” published by HIQA in January 2021.

Each learner will get practical experience in the use of evacuation aids in a controlled environment. All training is conducted using our equipment; this ensures that your equipment is not damaged and is readily available for use if required in an emergency. A rescue training mannequin is used to simulate evacuation conditions. Staff should never be put on an evacuation device for training.

The Evacuation Aid Training course is designed to be delivered over a full day or half-day; the full-day program can train up to 50 staff each training session lasting 60 minutes for a maximum of 10 learners practising with one evacuation aid.

Phoenix STS is the only company authorised in Ireland to provide train-the-trainer courses on the full range of “Ski” evacuation products and the Elite Emergency Evacuation Chair.

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Course Aims
Course Objectives
Who Should Attend This Course?

All care staff responsible for assisting a service user/resident in evacuating a building as part of the service user/resident personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP)

Pre-Course Requirements
  • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
  • Learners should wear appropriate clothing for an interactive and practical course
  • Please inform the Instructor of any medical condition that you may have if you feel relevant to the training and, in particular, the practical work
  • Staff must be trained on People Moving & Handling to practice operating evacuation aids
  • The centre is required to provide suitable training areas in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19
  • The centre will be required to supply equipment on-site for this training, profiling bed, including bed linen
Course Programme
  • Introduction, description and limitations of on-site evacuation aids
  • Safety considerations
  • Method of use
  • Safety requirements before, during and after use
  • Practical use of evacuation aids
Our Tutors

Our tutors are well experienced in providing fire safety information within a healthcare setting. They will outline the staff’s duties and roles in preventing fire and what actions are necessary to respond to a fire within a nursing home. All our tutors hold a minimum;

  • Minimal 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
  • Infection Control and Safeguarding Adults Qualified
Training Methods
  • Demonstration and practice with evacuation aids
  • The section of the course the deals with the demonstration and practice of evacuation aids requires a suitable training area in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19

Learners will be required to safely remove our training mannequin to a place of safety utilising an evacuation aid

  • Upon successfully completing the Evacuation Aid Training Course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS Training certificate
  • The certificate will be valid for one (1) year
Maximum Number of Learners

As the Evacuation Aid Training Course is predominantly skill-based, it is limited to 10 learners per training session

  • 3 x 1-hour training sessions (Half-day)
  • 5 x 1-hour training sessions (Full-day)

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

Fire Industry Association of Ireland

About Us

Phoenix STS Ltd t/s Phoenix Safety Training Services provides bespoke first aid, health and safety, fire safety training, and consulting services countrywide to meet our client’s needs. By offering a systematic professional approach through the integration of theoretical and practical tailored programmes, incorporating your training policies and organisational goals, we guarantee compliance and ensure a safer working environment. We also offer a wide range of  RoSPAIATPIFEIIRSM & CPD approved courses; and have a retail business sourcing and supplying specialist evacuation and training equipment.