Fire Evacuation - The Challenge and Innovation

Currently, for the most part, in a tall-building emergency event involving rescue and evacuation operations, the only available means of access and egress to and from the floors, are the Emergency Fire Staircases within the building. Fire service equipment, such as ladders and platforms, may arrive on scene late, are limited in height (usually to around 10 stories) and suffer from small capacity/through-put.

Even where regulations require or allow “Fire Service Elevators,” these are only available up to a relatively early stage in the emergency, as the building emergency systems and the building core become compromised. Indeed, in many cases the rescue teams opt not to use these as their use requires “flying blind” in a burning building and can become a fire trap.

Emergency staircases are an important and relatively robust solution; however they suffer from a number of significant shortcomings. They are not negotiable by persons with mobility limitations; ascending them can be time consuming and physically quite taxing on fully equipped responders; and the simultaneous use for tenant egress and responder access can cause congestion, thereby critically delaying both. Finally, once compromised staircases can become chimneys, filling with deadly smoke.

All of this has led to an innovation in paradigm. The traditional model of emergency egress has been “First down (within the building) and then out.” Escape Rescue Systems represents a “flip” of this model – to “First out (of the building) and then down,” the basic idea being to get tenants out of the distressed building as quickly as possible and to utilize the building envelope for descent. 

The Escape Rescue System – a Revolution in Rapid & Safe Evacuation

An advanced multi-platform rescue system installed unobtrusively on the roof-top, requiring almost no alteration to the building, Suitable for both existing and new structures.

The only platform solution to comply with the American Society for Testing and Materials - ASTM Standard E 2513 for Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Platform Rescue Systems.

NFPA Building Construction and Safety Code (NFPA 5000) and the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) include adoptable annexes that specify the conditions for installation of Platform Rescue Systems (Such as the Escape Rescue System)

  • Saves lives!
  • Protects property by facilitating a speedy response to emergencies
  • Ensures peace of mind for tenants, employers, owners and building management
  • Provides effective and guaranteed means of escape for hospital bedridden patients or people with mobility problems, from any floor of a hospital, regardless of their mobility impairment.

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