June 26, 2012

Training: Evacuating Elderly and Disabled Passengers from Public Transportation Vehicle Emergencies

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - Safe evacuation of any public transit vehicle during an emergency requires clear thinking, good communication, and quick responsible actions on the part of the driver and other transit personnel until emergency responders have arrived on seen. Prior training in dealing with such emergencies can greatly help drivers, attendants, or supervisors calmly follow procedures, protocol, and methods; just as people that have received First-Aid or CPR training do when confronted with a medical emergency. If that is true for the evacuation of able-bodied passengers, then it is even more so when it comes to evacuating passengers that are elderly and disabled. The following video is the audio-visual portion of a 1991 training course that was prepared to address this need. Although dated, it still remains relevant. It looks at how the driver and attendant should assess the situation and take steps to carry out a safe vehicle evacuation. As well, it shows in detail the methods used, such as passenger transfers and drags that might be required in an emergency. See my post: Small Bus Fire Safety, to see just how quickly a paratransit bus can become engulfed in flames.

Training Course:
- Evacuating Elderly and Disabled Passengers from Public Transportation Vehicle Emergencies (VIDEO)
- Evacuating Elderly and Disabled Passengers from Public Transportation Vehicle Emergencies (TRAINER'S HANDBOOK) 
- Evacuating Elderly and Disabled Passengers from Public Transportation Vehicle Emergencies (PARTICIPANT'S HANDBOOK)

Additional Materials:
Recommended Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Elderly and Disabled Rail and Transit Passengers (1989) - 83 page pdf
- Paratransit and Bus Accidents Involving Elderly and Disabled Passengers: Evacuation and Rescue Problems and Solutions (1984)

VIDEO: Evacuation from Public Transportation Vehicle Emergencies

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