This image shows a man descending stairs in an Evac+Chair.


TWU has Evac+Chairs to help individuals with mobility impairments be rescued during an evacuation. However, use of Evac+Chairs by employees is generally discouraged, as Emergency Personnel are the intended users of these chairs. Typically, the quickest evacuation of individuals with mobility impairments is to assist them to an enclosed stairwell, call 911 to report their location, and continue evacuating the building. Emergency Personnel have a fast response time to campus and are properly trained for these circumstances. They will often arrive, and evacuate the individual faster and safer than non-emergency personnel can using an Evac+Chair.

Despite not being the primary intended user of Evac+Chairs, employees can be trained to use Evac+Chairs to prepare for an emergency. The training is available through Risk Management: email risk@twu.edu.


Evac+Chairs are usually located on a stairwell landing, however not every stairwell landing has an Evac+Chair. See Evacuation Chair Locations document for a list of locations.


Please keep in mind that Evac+Chairs have limitations. They cannot go up stairs, the chairs can only handle up to 300 lbs. and the person operating the chair should weigh the same or more than the passenger — help may be required for heavier passengers.


  1. Unfold Evac Chair. Ensure caster wheels are retracted in order to descend stairs.
  2. Set Evac+Chair upright and seat passenger in the chair.
  3. Pull back on the upper extension handle and balance the passenger’s weight over the two main wheels.
  4. Align chair square with the first flight of stairs, and roll forward. As the chair starts to descend the stairs, slide hands to the top of the handle.
  5. Hold onto the chair at all times to gauge your speed and assure firm footing. Press downward on extension handle for smoothest ride.
  6. When the main wheels first touch the landing, tip chair up so the weight of the passenger is over wheels, and turn to face the next flight of stairs.

Be Prepared

Individuals with mobility impairments should be informed of where “Areas of Evacuation Assistance” are located. Usually this will be an enclosed staircase landing.

Generally, individuals with mobility impairments should be assisted to these areas, then emergency personnel should immediately be informed of that individual’s location. Emergency personnel make rescue of these individuals a priority.

Prepare yourself by knowing where enclosed staircases are, where Evac+Chairs are, and how to accurately describe where locations are inside of the building.

Page last updated 2:42 PM, September 12, 2019