March safety tip – Stryker chair

Stryker evacuation chair mounted on wallMonthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Emergencies and evacuations can come unexpectedly. Preparation is key. One of the tools available to employees during an evacuation is the Stryker chair.

Stryker chairs give you the power to evacuate a disabled or injured person with built-in treads that allow you to transport a seated person up and down stairs. Their use is not limited to just the police department or other first responders.

There is a Stryker chair located in each building and/or Area of Rescue Assistance, mounted in a case on the wall. An Area of Rescue is an established place to meet for someone who cannot traverse stairs without assistance. It is also an area where first responders check to see if anyone needs assistance.

Please take a few minutes of your day to familiarize yourself with the locations of the Stryker chair, just as you would for an AED or a fire extinguisher.

A brief, but valuable, training video is available on myBlackHawk – Employees tab – Employee Learning – Stryker Chair Training or at The video describes and demonstrates the operation and capability of the Stryker chair.


Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.