Disabled refuge alarm systems are designed to provide robust fire resistant audio communication between the Fire Service or any person involved with the rescue operation, and wheelchair-bound persons who may be trapped on upper floor levels in a fire situation.
The system comprises a main control station with integral telephone and outstations which are strategically positioned within each refuge area – typically adjacent to staircases on upper floor levels.
During an evacuation, wheelchair users can call for assistance from the nearest available outstation. At the main control unit, the person responding can identify the respective outstation location via the LCD readout and communicate with the caller.
Disabled refuge alarm systems are normally required to satisfy Building and Disability Discrimination Act regulations in new buildings.