| Events of recent years, including 9/11 events , have led to the realization that skyscrapers are potential death traps, especially for inhabitants of higher floors, in cases of catastrophic events.
In recent years we witness additional high-rise building large-scale disasters such as:
- The fire at the 35-story Cook County Administration Building in Chicago, which killed six office workers and injured eight others in 2003.
- The fire at the 45-story LaSalle Bank building in Chicago, which injured 37 people, including 22 firefighter in 2004.
- The Windsor building fire in 2005, which destroyed the emblematic 28-story tower in the heart of Madrid's business district.
- The fire in a Russian office building, in 2006, in which nine people died and many others were injured after jumping from the burning building.
- The tower block in south-east London fire in which 6 people, including infants had died and others injured.
- The Cornwall Court Fire fire incident in Hong Kong in 2008, taking the lives of four people, including two firefighters, and injuring a further 55 people.
- The Beijing Television Cultural Center fire in 2009.
- The 2010 fire that destroyed a 28-story high-rise apartment building in the city of Shanghai, China, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 120 others
These tragedies, and, of course, the World Trade Center disaster, have underlined the vulnerability of the building's core and emergency stairwell as the only venue for evacuation, escape and as means of access for fire and rescue personnel. Clearly, as the US National Institution of Standards and Technology (NIST) concludes emphatically in its study of the WTC collapse, there is an acute need for alternative, back-up solutions.
Initiated in September 2002 by a group of highly experienced entrepreneurs, Escape Rescue Systems Inc. has developed an innovative system which revolutionizes the evacuation of tenants from high-rise buildings, and enables the fast and safe transportation of fire and rescue forces to the focus of an emergency. Other existing and competing solutions do not offer comparable effectiveness.