Function of the Special Assistants (Aides) :
The function of Special Assistants is to assist in the evacuation of Person Requiring Assistance (broken leg, pregnancy, physically challenged, blind, deaf or hearing impaired, heart condition, etc.). Person Requiring Assistance should be identified and considered prior to any emergency evacuation. A form for maintaining a list of “Persons Requiring Assistance” can be obtained by following this link, in the Appendix of the Tenant Handbook, or from Building Management. An up-to-date copy of the form should be sent to the Building Management promptly following any changes. There should be a minimum two (2) people assigned to assist an individual.
Persons not requiring should evacuate first, Persons requiring special assistance can then evacuate in an effort to avoid injury to themselves and others. If there is evidence of fire, persons requiring special assistance should be positioned near the emergency exit located farthest away from the fire. If fire conditions pose a personal threat, the Special Assistants will enter into the emergency stairwell accompanying the person requiring assistance and wait for help from the Fire Department. The Emergency Response Team members may assist in evacuating the person(s) requiring special assistance if danger is imminent and the fire department has not yet arrived. Please note that the Fire Department has control of the elevators thereby being able to efficiently assist and relocate the persons requiring assistance without creating blockage in the stairwell.
It is helpful if these special Assistants have radios or cell phones in order to communicate with Building Management, Fire and Police departments.
Responsibilities & Duties of the Special Assistants (Aides)
Knows the location and use of all fire and emergency related equipment found on the floor and area that he/she is assigned.
Is completely familiar with the Building floor layouts, exits, , Fire Command Center, and their Company’s designated meeting areas / areas of safe refuge.
Keeps the Building Management’s Persons Requiring Assistant Forms updated at all times.
Ensures person requiring assistance is relocated to the stairwell.