The Emergency Evacuation Association (EEA) has been created in collaboration with Evac+Chair and will offer members publications, guidance and advice to safeguard the interests of organisations from all sectors and industries that have an interest or responsibility in emergency evacuation.
EEA will provide a unified voice for the sector and aims to follow the FPA's lead by lobbying for improved safety standards. A starting point for EEA will be to lobby for standards to be introduced for evacuation products, a sector which is currently unregulated.
EEA will offer a plethora of benefits to members including: • two e-learning courses on evacuation • the ability to download publications and other documents from FPA member library • free attendance to EEA/FPA member events • monthly emails with news and technical articles/best practice on evacuation • monthly copy of Fire Risk Management magazine • EEA membership card and certificate • use of EEA member logo • FPA SME level membership and all its benefits.
Membership costs £240 + VAT or £260 + VAT to include a print copy of Fire Risk Management journal. Overseas membership is also available.
FPA marketing manager Jimmy Phillips said: "We are excited to be launching the EEA as we've been approached by many people telling us there's a huge interest in having a unified voice for the emergency evacuation sector. We're delighted to be able to provide the industry with a one-stop-shop for best practice, guidance and lobbying."
Evac+Chair sales and marketing director Mark Roberts added: "EEA has been launched to ensure there is real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation for its members and its future with knowledgeable advice, to unite companies and organisations from all sectors and industries. It is no longer just fires that can be a potential threat to the lives of visitors, staff or residents, and routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by other disastrous events; it is therefore essential that evacuation is at the forefront of people's minds.
"The Fire Protection Association draws attention to the dangers of fire and the means by which their potential for loss is kept to a minimum, which makes them the perfect partner for the EEA. They have an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying and auditing and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management."