Magazine article Risk Management

To the Rescue

Magazine article Risk Management

To the Rescue

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With the ever-present risk of fire in large buildings and an increasing terrorism risk creating a need for better mitigation solutions, businesses should be looking for new ways to ensure the protection and safety of their most important asset: people.

Tragedies such as Chicago high-rise building fire in 2003, where six people died of smoke inhalation in the stairwell, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing have shown that traditional escape plans using the stairwell as the only means for evacuation are in need of improvement.

A revolutionary new solution offered by Escape Rescue Systems aims to pro vide an alternative method. The Escape Rescue System is a building-wide solution for external evacuation of building tenants and quick transporting of rescue personnel up to higher floors. The system is composed of multiple "arrays" of five "cabins" each. The cabins are collapsible and descend from the roof, where the system is permanently stored, all the way to ground level.

Upon deployment, each array is lowered to the ground and unfolds so emergency responders may board the cabins. …

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