The evacuation chair that saved a lady’s birthday celebration.
A lady was stuck on the first floor of her care home on a big day celebrating her 100th birthday, and a broken lift wasn’t going to stop her partying.
Five firefighters from Lockerbie stepped in to help when the lift at her care home broke down.
Alice was stuck on the first floor of her care home due to a damaged elevator and it looked like she was going to miss her big day. That was until the firefighters turned up to the rescue and carried her easily and swiftly into an evacuation chair down two flights of stairs to be met by her loving family and placed into her regular everyday wheelchair.
The elevator at the care home in Lockerbie was broken down due to being damaged in a lightning storm. Care staff phoned up the ambulance service, patient transport workers and further care homes in the area but no one seemed to be able to help.
Then a lucky last resort call to the fire brigade saved the day and Alice made it to her party by being escorted by five fellas in fireman’s outfits. The team of firefighters came equipped with an emergency ¬evacuation and thankfully managed to carry Alice down two short flights of stairs into her wheelchair.
The firefighters even came back later on to make sure Alice was returned back safely to her room after she loved the time she spent with her son, grandchildren and ¬great-grandchildren.
The cheery manager of the care home had this to say, “She thought it was just delightful. She said it truly made her big day even more exceptional. Unfortunately the officers didn’t get any of the cake, however, they stuck around for a cup of coffee later before returning to take her up the stairs to her room again.”
This story demonstrates just how invaluable an evacuation chair can be. The shape and weight of the evacuation chairs make them easy to get people in and out of, while being very easy to carry by multiple persons with the multitude of handles the chairs have around the edge of the basket itself. People are able to sit comfortably while being stretched out and kept stable in case of injuries that aren’t obvious.
The firefighters must’ve been glad to have it on hand as carrying a normal sized wheelchair down two flights of stairs is no easy task, and would undoubtedly take twice as long.