The “Areas of Refuge” or “Areas of Rescue Assistance” concept was established to provide a location for building occupants, who cannot traverse the stairs without assistance, to be able to assemble in a common area and await assistance or instructions by the first responders. These areas are required on each floor above and below the “ground” floor, must be clearly marked and provide a two way communication system to a central control point (Rath Base Stations) within the building. If the central control point is not staffed 24 hours a day, the communication from each Area of Refuge (Elevator Landing) must be on a timed redirection to a location that is staffed 24 hours a day. The Area of Refuge communication system (Rath Call Boxes) shall provide for hands-free, two-way communication, provide an audible and visible signal to indicate communication has occurred and indicate to the receiver the location sending the signal.
How Rath’s Area of Refuge System Works:(People at the Elevator Landing)
Rath Call Boxes
Location Message can be programmed into each
ADA Compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act)
Can call up to 4 different Emergency numbers plus the base station
|Rath Base Stations
Visual indicator of which Call Box(es) have been activated
Audio indicator that a Call Box has been activated
Capable of speaking to one or all Call Boxes at once
Jim and Sally are in the Elevator Landing and push the emergency button on the Rath Call Boxes
. The call will go initially to the Central Control Point Rath Base Stations
and if not answered will transfer to a location staffed 24 hours a day by emergency personnel. Sally and Jim will hear audible dialing and a location message (plays when call is answered), along with a visual indicator, that the call has been received. Once the location message has played, two-way communication will occur.
The calling party in the Area of Refuge cannot stop the call once the button has been pressed; only the called party can terminate the communication.
(Person at the Central Control Point) Area of Refuge Base Station
Andrea hears an audible signal that someone has activated an Area of Refuge Rath Call Boxes
. When she looks at the Rath Base Stations
she can see that the Rath Call Boxes
on the 4th Floor is activated. She will then lift the handset and press the lighted button to speak to Jim and Sally.
Andrea has several options at this time:
She can speak to them for as long as is required. Call can only be terminated by Andrea
She can put them on hold and call for additional help, then reconnect with Jim and Sally when she is ready to talk again
She can speak to all Rath Call Boxes asking if anyone else is trapped