Made of precision-machined 7075-T6 aluminum, the FCX Self Rescue Device can be used with one of Sterling’s complete, certified escape systems or fully-customizable escape kits to form an effective personal rescue system.
The FCX’s cam provides superior braking modulation and over-pull protection for a controlled descent; the spring-loaded handle enables you to have further control over your descent.
The device’s click-to-neutral capability allows for quick, effective horizontal movement. The elevated side rails eliminate glove and sill interference.
Certified to NFPA 1983 in specific escape systems, Sterling’s FCX Self Rescue Device is a highly effective tool to use to escape from dangerous structural fires.
*NOTICE: The FCX self rescue device is only certified with approved Sterling escape ropes. Use of any other rope voids warranty and liability.
Lt. Joseph P. DiBernando Memorial Foundation
The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernando Memorial Foundation was founded in honor of Joseph P. DiBernando, a FDNY firefighter who died as a result of injuries sustained in the Black Sunday tragedy.
The foundation provides financial aid to fire departments to purchase personal life safety rope systems and send teams to firefighter survival training. In just under 3 years, the foundation has provided almost $100,000 in grants to fire departments across the country.
Read more about Lt. Joseph DiBernando here.
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We contacted the mfg. and this was their response back to us;
This device is tested at a 300 pound load per NFPA.,
As the user weight goes up, some of the behavior of the equipment changes. For example, if you had a 350 pound user who shockloaded the device, as opposed to a 300, the device would slip a bit further before it locked off again. Conversely, a 100 pound user would slip less.
So, we don't attach a specific number to it. We had someone ask about a 500 pound person the other day. We felt pretty comfortable saying no to that one, partly because we had serious doubt as to their suitability as an interior firefighter and partly because it just seemed to be pretty clearly unsuitable.
So, if someone is asking, I think the answer is that "it depends".