Emergency Voice Communication
Haescomm Emergency Voice Communication
The Haescomm EVCS (Emergency Voice Communication Systems) concept covers Fire Telephone, Disabled Refuge Alarm and Integrated Emergency Assist Alarm in a single solution.
The use of networking in every controller ensures scalability and removes redundancy on sites allowing them to evolve from single, stand alone, systems to complex site wide campus scenarios.
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What is a Disabled Refuge System?
A Disabled Refuge System is a form of EVCS (Emergency Voice Communication System) dedicated to the speedy and safe evacuation of mobility impaired people in buildings over one storey or where stairs are present by the final escape doorway.
When should a Disabled Refuge System be fitted?
Disabled Refuge Systems are required by the Equalities Act (formally the Disability Discrimination Act, or DDA) and requires all disabled people have equal right to evacuation during an emergency in the same way they have access.
A common misconception is that Disabled Refuge is just for wheel chair users, in fact it is for use by any person “who’s egress would impede others” and is generally regarded as anyone who cannot walk 200m without a break or aid, this includes the elderly, those with sports injuries, over 7 months term pregnancy as well as wheelchair users.
The Equalities Act requires that all buildings are subject to an accessibility audit at a maximum of two year intervals and all reasonable measures implemented, this included the construction of ramps and addition of lifts to enter buildings, but also the provision of refuge areas to assist the safe evacuation of people with assistance needs.