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CDA Awarded General Services Administration (GSA) Contract
Contract #GS07F0107U

(For Immediate Release)

(Santa Rosa, CA) – November 26, 2007 – Santa Rosa based Concept Development Associates, Inc. (CDA) has been awarded a General Services Administration contract #GS07F0107U. This will allow CDA to participate in marketing all their services and products to the United States federal government.

The first product available through GSA will be CDA's Safety Chairs flagship Model 400, the Emergency Chair. It is immediately available for purchase directly through GSA Advantage at a discounted rate for all federal purchasing and contracting agents. The other models of the Safety Chairs will soon be available for purchase through the GSA. Concept Development Associates, Inc. also plans to add other products as well as their design and signage services.

(From previous release)
Safety Chairs’ safety and emergency evacuation devices come in five models for differing environmental and evacuation needs. The Emergency Chair (Model 400) is recommended for multi-floored evacuations primarily on paved surfaces, the First Response Chair (Model 440) with its storage compartments is recommended for emergency medical service evacuations including those from multi-floored structures, the eChair (Model 410) is recommended for any multi-floored evacuation that may require transportation off paved surfaces. The eChair is also ideal for schools nursing and health departments where a device is needed for general transportation on a daily basis. The Industrial Chair (Model 450) is recommended for use on work-sites with its puncture resistant rubber solid core tires, and the TranSport (Model 430) is an athletic safety chair that is used to reduce physical and mental trauma while transporting injured athletes off of a game court or over varied terrain found on a field of play.

In addition to the maneuverability of this new breed of emergency evacuation chair, Concept Development Associates’ Safety Chair line has one of the lowest unit weights in the industry while still being able to accommodate an evacuee weight capacity of 650+ pounds. Other Safety Chair features include: heavy duty construction using aircraft grade aluminum, foldable frame with quick release removable legs and grips for easy transport and storage, a limited lifetime warranty, and unlike other chairs on the market, the Safety Chairs require little to no training saving both time and money. Also perhaps most importantly, the Safety Chairs take into consideration the safety and security of both the evacuators and passengers during transport. The Safety Chairs feature ergonomic design for evacuators allowing full arm extension both up and down stairs as well as support for the back, legs, and arms of the passenger. Included as part of this innovative design are leg, arm, and chest straps to secure the evacuee as well as to provide support for legs and arms if there are injuries. Head restraints for neck stabilization and support are also available.

Safety Chairs emergency evacuation devices allow for maneuverability and the ability to quickly and safely evacuate the mobility impaired in an extreme range of environments. All Safety Chairs devices can easily change directions to avoid debris or other escape route obstructions, such as fire, smoke and flooded floors. Being prepared in the event of an emergency evacuation has never been more important, as recent precedent setting court decisions require that places of public accommodation need to consider the evacuation of mobility-impaired people in their emergency evacuation plans.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) has always been understood to help get people with disabilities into places of public accommodation. Now for the first time, it has also been found to require that public places try to get those same people out in the event of a fire, terrorist attack, or other emergency.” says Elaine Gardner, Director of Disability Right Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in response to the recent court decision.

“The law is precedent setting and will affect almost all owners and managers of publicly accessible buildings,” suggests Kenn Foote, President of the Safety Chairs. “The mobility impaired include more than employees in wheelchairs. That distinction includes all employees as well as unknown visitors to your building who might include: pregnant women, the elderly, the arthritic, the obese, people with respiratory or heart problems, and people with temporary injuries such as sprained ankle.  Bottom-line, it includes anyone who may not be able to physically make it down stairwells from your top floor. The liability impact of this decision is far reaching to all building owners and managers.” Foote concludes.



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