Turkish hospital conducts massive fire drill

This article is written by Ufuk Gunciner, Tumedin. Izmir, Turkey. In October 2017, Dr. Suat Seren Chest & Thoracic Surgery Education Research Hospital organised a massive fire drills whereby they were using evacuation equipment for their bedridden patients. To make sure that all staff knew about the new devices, the hospital in Izmir installed them on the bedframes prior to the start of the drill. The Izmir Fire Department was in charge of the fire drill. Before the fire drill started, the entire staff, firefighters and volunteers were briefed about the scenario. A nurse had to start the evacuation after pressing the alarm button, after she found out that there [...]

Video: school kids are applying rescue skills

Meet Guus and Tibbe from Arnhem. These ‘evacuation mattress heroes’ will show you how easy it is to evacuate a wounded person during an emergency. You may not be realising this, but there are about 300 school fires in the Netherlands each year. This is true: 300! Vandalism is often the cause. In the US, there is an estimated average of 5100 fires in educational properties. If all or some children are at school when a fire starts, all students must evacuate and go outside as soon as possible. With these numbers, evacuation safety becomes an important focus for schools. In multi-storey schools, it is also important to consider good [...]

5 tips on evacuation management – by a lecturer fire prevention

“When there is a fire, the fire brigade is going to evacuate”. Some safety managers and fire wardens work according to this strategy. There seems to be some confusion amongst fire wardens about evacuations and the role that the fire brigade plays during an evacuation. The fire brigade does acknowledge that these people play a crucial role during the first minutes of an emergency. Who better than René Hagen, lecturer in fire safety & prevention at the Netherlands Fire Service, to answer important questions around this topic. We spoke to René Hagen on the phone and had a conversation with him about evacuating healthcare institutions. From this interview, we have drafted [...]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Other posts|

Travel report: Wow! Tetcon in Tokyo

Tokyo. The capital city of Japan. It's the country of kimonos, sushi and temples. Beautiful landscapes, huge cities and fresh powder snow. Japan has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, the country needs to deal with many natural disasters from time-to-time. This includes typhoons, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and vulcanic eruptions. A famous example is the deadly tsunami in 2011. Because of these natural disasters, there is more and more focus on risk management.  We travelled to Tokyo in October. We had many conversations with safety professionals and shared information about 'evacuation policies in The Netherlands' in order to learn from each other. Besides that, we had the possibility to give 'evacuation training [...]

How to place an evacuation mattress inside the Wall Cover?

“How do you place the S-CAPEPLUS evacuation mattress inside the Wall Cover?” It's funny. Many customers were calling us with this question. We try to explain the installation process through the phone, but this was not so easy after all. Explaining via the phone is not so convenient. So we thought 'how can we make this process super easy for existing and future customers?' Eventually, a video was found to be the best option. Wall Covers are commonly found inside buildings. It is used to protect against dust and dirt. Also, it is used to highlight the location of the evacuation mattress. The large identification symbol on the Wall Cover identifies [...]

Lee Wilson: The Accessible Exit Sign Project and Safer Buildings

In this article, we are sharing the Lee Wilson's story from Australia. He's the founder of the 'Accessible Exit Sign Project' that he started in 2014. Recent legislative changes in Australian have introduced more equitable access to and within commercial buildings. Similar changes to disability and human rights laws are occurring globally, and the world is becoming more accessible. However, the movement to provide accessible and inclusive built environments is failing to extend to the area of emergency egress. Therefore, the concept of ‘egressability’ must go hand-in- hand with accessibility. It implies that everyone has an equal right to life safety during an emergency, and whilst the method of emergency egress [...]

Mike Elkerton MBE: “These serious issues need to be addressed”

Introducing Mike Elkerton MBE (CEO Access & Evacu8 Ltd & Chair of the NW England Access Association) He is the Disability Advisor for IKEA (UK) Ltd, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Gulliver’s Theme Parks and the INTU Trafford Centre in Manchester. After 23 years of giving advice and guidance for greater access to the built environment he and his company are now concentrating on a new system to help disabled people with wayfinding and more importantly evacuation in the case of an emergency. In 2016 Mike Elkerton was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), by Her Majesty the Queen of England for his work in [...]

What to do during an emergency evacuation?

An emergency evacuation of a building can occur at all times. You always hope that it does not happen to you. However, due to a small mistake it can suddenly happen. Even though we talk all kinds of steps to prevent such an emergency, they are often inevitable. As a first-aider you want to be sure that everyone is safe, which means that you need to prepared for all kind of disasters. To ensure that you are prepared for an emergency evacuation, we listed several do's in the infographic above. Do you have any recommendations? Leave a comment below and we will add your suggestion to this post. Thanks =) [...]

Proud! S-CAPEPOD evacuation sheet is recommended in report by IFV & Dutch Burns Foundation

Report emphasises link between aging and fire safety People keep getting older. This group keeps on growing. And which requires more and more attention. In the coming years, it is likely that the attention will increase. Have you ever wondered about how old you will be in 2040? The director of the Dutch Burns Foundation (Rob Baardse) once wrote the following: “You and I are probably responsible for the increase of independent living seniors. Together, we are facing issues regarding fire safety." The statistics confirm this: The Netherlands had around 17 million inhabitants in 2017. Almost 6.7 million Dutch citizens are older than 50 years. In 2015 and 2016, the Fire [...]

Exclusive video: Tetcon launch Bariatric evacuation sheet

What is Bariatric? Bariatrics involves provision of healthcare to morbidly obese patients who usually weigh greater than 500 pounds and have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40. Bariatric patients present greater challenges in the form of emergency management, appropriate transportation as well as availability of adequate beds and chairs that will be required to support and shelter such patients. Emergency evacuation and larger individuals Particularly important in this population is the provision of high degree of assistance in terms of their transportation in emergency settings as they are more likely to require hospitalization during and after a critical event because of the co-morbidities they have [...]

New hanging systems for your S-CAPEPLUS evacuation mattress

BHVisuals designed and developed a unique hanging system for the S-CAPEPLUS. This will be a great way to make your evacuation mattress stand out in hallways or stairwells. In a word, super! After the first meeting BHVisuals made a few proposals. It was important that we could introduce a unique, original and clear hanging system. After reviewing several options, we decided that a vintage nurse would be most applicable for the evacuation device. “We are very proud of this new accessory for the S-CAPEPLUS”, says the Tetcon team. “This will be a great way for nursing homes and hospitals to make their evacuation device easily to recognise. In addition, they’ll have [...]

Evacuation cartoon: “Wait for the firefighters!”

There are requirements concerning the accessibility of public buildings and businesses for persons suffering from reduced mobility. Nevertheless, often only a few resources are deployed to facilitate the evacuation of these people in case of fire. “Wait here for the fire brigade!” is what many wheelchair users and disabled get to hear during an evacuation.Which has had, as it would for anyone, a significant emotional impact. In addition the Dutch Working Conditions Act states that each employer is responsible for a safe evacuation of both employees and visitors. According to this Act, you are also required to organise an annual evacuation drill. On September 11, 2001, during the attacks on the World Trade [...]