THE NEXT LEVEL IN ESCAPENote:Product will not ship until July.
The most compact escape system available. Designed to assure rapid emergency egress with safe, controllable descent. Built around the new CMC LEVR descender, a next-generation device with improved descent control, fast and easy pay-out, reliable edge transition, and intuitive operation.
- LEVR design provides smooth and reliable edge transition, minimizing potential for hang-up at window sill
- Engineered for quick, easy horizontal payout of web to allow fast egress from remote anchor points
- Designed to reduce impact force on escape anchor if shock loaded during bailout
- Low-profile side carry bag designed for right- or left-handed deployment
- Fire Escape WebTM is constructed from 100% Technora® fiber for high strength and heat resistance, and dramatically reduces space required for storage
- Ergonomic design features non slip grip
- Color: Red/Black
- Dimensions: 6” x 8” x 2.75” | 152 x 203 x 69 mm
- 3-SIGMA MBS: 15 Kn | 3,372 lbf
- Weight: 2.4 lbs | 1 kg
- LEVR descender reeved with 15 m (50 ft) of 11 mm Fire Escape WebTM (UL Classified to NFPA 1983 – Fire Escape Web)
- FlashLiteTM Hook (UL Classified to NFPA 1983 - Escape Use)
- Nomex® fabric waist carry bag
- ProTech™ Aluminum Auto-Lock Carabiner (UL Classified to NFPA 1983 - Technical Use) with sewn Kevlar® fiber tether
Between station wear, turnout gear, helmet, boots, SCBA and various other tools, firefighters carry a heavy load. The personal escape–or “bail out”– kit is another essential component of a fire fighter’s turnout gear, serving as a critical measure against serious injury or death when trapped in a burning structure. For firefighters in this scenario, every second counts, and the stowing, deployment and operation of their personal escape kit could mean the difference between life and death.
According to Product Engineer Ole Kils, “Our meetings with various fire departments throughout the development process made it clear that the end user really is looking for a comprehensive escape solution that includes not only the bailout system per the NFPA definition (hook, escape line, descent control device and tether), but one that also considers the packaging on, and connection point to the firefighter. This highlighted the need to design a more lightweight and compact system. Reducing overall volume and bulk opens up the door to packaging the system in new and potentially better places on the firefighter. This can provide real benefits when bailing out through better ergonomics and accessibility to deployment. It also improves the overall experience of carrying the system by creating less obstructive packaging with reduced chance of entanglement during normal firefighting duties.”
Throughout the extensive prototyping process, feedback ranged from simple things like the desire to have a non-slip knurled handle on the descender, to more complex and nuanced issues surrounding progressive descent control and fail-safe edge mitigation. Designed as the fulcrum of the entire escape system, the LEVR™ device dictates pay-in/out, ease of exit and controlled descent. Its exclusive use of Fire Escape Web™, which weighs less and packs at a lower volume than traditional escape cord, also allows the overall system to maintain a smaller profile than other bail out systems.
As an innovative product, the new LEVR descender has truly raised the bar in design and engineering for CMC.