School, College and University Disabled Refuge System – Handpicked Solutions by Eurofyre


Schools, colleges and universities are educational institutions that are designed to provide learning spaces and environments for students and educators. In most countries, students progress through different learning facilities as they get older, usually advancing through primary and secondary schools before moving on to colleges and universities.

Educational institutions can vary greatly, especially when it comes to higher education, but one element that remains the same is the need for stringent safety measures. It is essential that, in the event of a fire, students and teachers have evacuation policies in place to ensure they can exit the building in a safe and timely manner. It is equally important that those with mobility issues receive the assistance they need to evacuate safely.

Disabled Refuge

Students or teachers that are disabled can sometimes have difficulty evacuating a building in an emergency event. This can be particularly difficult if the only means of escape is via a staircase. Therefore, it is important that these people have somewhere safe to call for assistance and wait for help to arrive and a disabled refuge point provides just that. 

Disabled refuge systems are required in all non-domestic premises where an emergency exit is by stairs or the building has more than one floor, according to UK law.

A disabled refuge point will usually contain at least one outstation that enables hands-free communication with the building’s master station (typically installed in a central location). This allows students or staff that are disabled to easily and safely communicate with emergency services and building managers to request assistance in an emergency.

Handpicked Products for Schools, Colleges and Universities

Crisis EVC is designed to provide two-way communication between the emergency services or building manager and those that need assistance with evacuation. Crisis EVC incorporates disabled refuge, fire telephones and emergency assistance alarms into a single, fully integrated emergency voice communication system. Crisis EVC is easy to install and delivers an easy-to-use, stylish and cost effective solution for educational facilities.

It can support up to 64 panels, each providing eight communication lines, supporting a total of 512 lines. This makes Crisis EVC the perfect solution for schools, colleges and universities of all sizes.

Typical Wiring Diagram

Crisis EVC Typical Wiring Diagram

Crisis Disabled Refuge Control Panels

Crisis EVC Master Station

The Crisis EVC Master Station is ideal for small buildings which are required to have an EVC system, but which have a limited number of outstations. The Master Station can support up to eight lines of outstation, including type A fixed phones, hands-free type B disabled refuge points and emergency assist call points.

Crisis EVC Network Master Station

The Network EVC Master Station offers all the features of the Crisis EVC Master Station but also has in-built networking allowing it to form one of the 64 panels on a Crisis EVC network installation, accommodating a total of 512 outstations. Each panel can be set as a master station or network expander.

Crisis EVC Expander Panel

The Crisis EVC Expander Panel can support up to eight lines of outstation, including type A fixed phones, type B refuge hands free points and emergency assist call points. Expander panels are used to extend the Crisis network and have in-built networking which allows them to form one of the 64 panels on a Crisis EVC network installation.

Disabled Refuge Outstations

Crisis Type B Refuge Outstation

The Crisis Type B Outstation is designed to be used by the public as a disabled refuge call point. Type B outstations should be installed in disabled refuge locations to provide two-way communication between the master station and disabled refuge point.

Crisis Type B Refuge Induction Loop Outstation

The Crisis Type B Refuge Induction Loop Outstation combines all the features of the Crisis Type B Refuge Outstation but with the addition of an induction loop to aid those that use a hearing aid or loop listener.

Crisis Combined Type A & B Outstation

Crisis Combined Type A & B Outstations can be used as a fire telephone or a disabled refuge call point. Crisis outstations are designed for use by multi-disability users, having high contrast signage in line with RNIB guidelines and an induction loop coil in the handset.

Crisis Type B Weatherproof Refuge Outstation

The Crisis Type B Weatherproof Outstation is designed for use in outdoor or exposed areas and is compatible with the Crisis standalone and network EVC systems. The outstation is supplied within a compact IP65 enclosure which is externally signed and is opened by operation of a lever lock, exposing the hands-free unit and operating instructions.

Why Choose Eurofyre?

Complete System Supplier
Eurofyre manufactures and supplies all aspects of fire detection and associated safety products and can provide expert advice and consultation.
Demonstration and Training
We offer demonstrations and expert training on a range of systems, including the Crisis range of EVC systems, in our very own sophisticated training facility.
After-Sales Support
Eurofyre offers both on-site and telephone support to assist you in ensuring that your system is fully functional and operating at maximum efficiency. Our after-sales care and support are second-to-none.

For more information about Crisis EVC, or to discuss any of the other products that Eurofyre have to offer, please feel free to get in touch either by phone on +44 (0) 1329 835 024, by email to [email protected] or via the online enquiry form situated on our contact page.

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