The Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK’s national fire safety organisation, has just announced the launch of a new membership body. 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 in – or responsibility for – the discipline of emergency evacuation.
The EEA will provide a unified voice for the sector and aims to follow the FPA’s lead by lobbying for improved safety standards and, in the case of emergency evacuation, actually lobby for standards to be introduced on evacuation products.
By joining the EEA, members will receive the following:
*two e-learning courses on evacuation
*the ability to download publications and other documents from the FPA’s member library
*free attendance at EEA/FPA member-only events
*monthly e-mails containing news and technical articles and Best Practice advice on evacuation
*a free monthly copy of Fire Risk Management (FRM) magazine
*an EEA membership card and certificate
*use of the EEA’s member logo
*FPA SME-level membership and all of its attendant benefits
The FPA’s marketing manager Jimmy Phillips told Risk UK: “We’re extremely 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 really 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: “The EEA has been launched to ensure there’s real input to help shape and form the direction of evacuation for its members and its future with knowledgeable advice and to unite companies and organisations from all sectors and industries. It’s no longer just fires that can be a potential threat to the lives of visitors, staff or residents. Routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by other disastrous events. It’s therefore essential that evacuation is at the forefront of people’s minds.”
Roberts continued: “The Fire Protection Association draws attention to the dangers of fire and the means by which the potential for loss is kept to a minimum, which makes it the perfect partner for the EEA. The FPA has an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications and risk surveying.”
*Membership costs £240+VAT or £260+VAT to include a print copy of FRM. Existing FPA Corporate, Gold and SME-level members are eligible to join the EEA for free, while individual FPA members can upgrade