High Rise Escape Systems (HRES), with a Legacy of Wins in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program for Six Consecutive Years, is pleased to announce the company’s Guardian Self Evacuation & Rescue System, has been Nominated to Compete in the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
Ryan Alles, the Founder of HRES, spent over a decade in U.S. emergency services as an EMT and professional Firefighter.
Frustrated and angered by the events of September 11, 2001, which proved once again how slow evacuations from high-rise structures can have fatal consequences, he worked to create solutions that the average citizen could afford.
Did you know that ninety-nine percent of the world’s fire ladder trucks cannot reach above the 7th floor?
(High Rise Escape Systems, Inc. was asked to contribute to Daily Planet’s 10th Anniversary Special on 9/11 on the Discovery Channel. We were proud to help get the word out about advances in Supplemental Evacuation since the events of September 11th, 2001. Courtesy of the Discovery Channel, Ryan Alles and YouTube.)
HRES has a passion for helping others.
Made up of emergency service professionals, EMTs, and professional firefighters, HRES believes that in today’s complex environment, it is irresponsible to believe that in times of danger, emergency services will be obtainable, timely, and equipped to provide rescue from multi-story buildings, air traffic control towers (ATC), or other critical infrastructure environments.
The Guardian Escape System provides simple, reliable, and inexpensive solutions for self-evacuation and rescue so that people can truly plan two ways out.
(The future of fire escapes is here! Personal Evacuation Systems for buildings up to 100 floors. Protect your family and co-workers with our fixed-mounted or portable units. Inexpensive and easy to set up. Courtesy of HRES and YouTube.)
Step by Step – How it Works
The Guardian Escape System works by using a combination of several simple, low-tech devices that require no power, are inexpensive, have a long shelf-life, and are easy to use.
HRES Escape Systems can be installed as either permanent or portable solutions for easy attachment to a structure.
Each system incorporates a Controlled Descent Device (CDD), which works like a pulley. Each CDD incorporates a poly-steel cable with a neoprene inner lining and a braided polyester jacket to protect it against abrasion, moisture, and heat.
Cable lengths are currently available up to 1000 feet (305 meters) or about 100 floors. Other options are available for locations exceeding these heights.
In operation, a user slides an Escape Harness over themselves, climbs over their balcony or window, and the CDD slowly lowers them automatically at the rate of 3 ft per second, comparable to a slow elevator’s descent.
As they descend, the opposite end of the cable automatically retracts and reloads the CDD for the next evacuee.
Then the process repeats.
Everyone gets out.
Escape harnesses are permanently attached at each cable end, and full fire-resistant evacuation suits are also available.
The Guardian Escape System is a simple, reliable, and cost-friendly solution for emergency response – so that you and those you are responsible for always have two ways out.
HRES also offers heat-resistant evacuation suits to complement HRES systems and may be used in place of other harnesses for rescuers as they are oversized and simple to put on either yourself or other.
HRES harnesses and Fire Resistant Evacuation Suits are attached to a harness with heavy-duty Kevlar thread and connect to the CDD with a high-strength carabineer.
Designed with senior citizens, the mobility impaired, and the disabled communities in mind, they can also accommodate an adult and child together. They are made up of an Aluminized, Kevlar-style material that repels 95% of radiant heat.
HRES Fire Resistant Evacuation Suits are especially effective for assisted evacuation & rescue solutions for hospitals, facilities for disabled persons, child care facilities, and nursing homes.
Evacuation Suits offer:
Reduced fear of height for the victim
Can be put on much faster with less confusion
Doesn’t get tangled like other harnesses
Can be used with traditional rope rescue methods
The award-winning Guardian Escape System is an ideal solution for self-evacuation & rescue solutions for anyone living or working above the 2nd floor, and are widely utilized in government buildings, embassies, barracks, and air traffic control centers.
The Guardian Escape System is also an excellent solution for self-evacuation, assisted evacuation & rescue solutions for apartments, condominiums, hotels, theme parks, cranes, oil platforms, and ships.
The United States military has been utilizing Guardian Escape Systems on air traffic control towers such as Edwards AFB, Tinker AFB, Maxwell AFB, and Patrick AFB, as well as Army and Air National Guard installations such as Alpena CRTC and Grayling Air Gunnery Range.
With your support, HRES is proud to protect those who protect us all!
(The 7th Operation Support Squadron air traffic control tower demonstrates their new fire escape system from High Rise Escape Systems, which uses a swing arm and a pulley system to safely lower personnel to the ground in case of an emergency. This device is much safer than taking the stairs or the elevator. Courtesy of Dyess AFB and YouTube.)
Alles was appointed to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Building Code/Safety to Life Technical Committee on which he still serves.
He is also a founding member of the Safe Evacuation Coalition, and participating member on the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) E06.77 committee on Supplemental Evacuation Devices.
Alles is also a member of the International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association (IACSP).
High Rise Escape Systems‘ current qualifications include the following:
National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Textbook example of Supplemental Evacuation Equipment – Life Safety Code Handbook
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has approved these products for their Tailored Logistics Support Program (TLS) to support our warfighters
U.S. DHS / Safety Act – Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology designation in 2007 to Present
NFPA Building & Life Safety Code / Means of Egress Section
DHS/Responder Knowledge Base – Registered Participant
Safe Evacuation Coalition – Founder & Member Est. 2006
International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association Member
ASTM E2484 Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Controlled Descent Devices–Member/Participant
Over the last decade, High Rise Escape Systems have evolved into an international team dedicated to creating solutions adaptable to your individual needs and expectations.
The company prides itself on providing confidential installations. Many of our clients utilize these technologies as part of their family’s personal security rather than a secondary means of fire escape.
To Learn More, please visit https://www.highriseescapesystems.com/ and ensure you and your associates always have two ways out.
High Rise Escape Systems Nominated to Compete in Seventh ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Best Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery System
The Guardian Evacuation System developed a fixed and/or portable escape system to attach to a structure, designed to mitigate means of egress for anyone living or working above the 2nd floor, including: government buildings, embassies, barracks, hospitals, air traffic control towers, apartments, condominiums, hotels, industrial and job sites, theme parks, cranes, oil platforms, ships and more.
High Rise Escape Systems (HRES) accomplished this in a combination of several simple, low-tech devices that require no power, are inexpensive, have a long shelf-life and are easy to use.
Using a Controlled Descent Device (CDD) which works like a pulley, a user slides a one of two permanently attached escape harnesses over them, exits off of a balcony/roof structure or out of a window and the CDD slowly lowers them automatically at the rate of 3 feet per second.
As the first user descends, the opposite end of the cable automatically retracts and reloads the CDD with the remaining escape harness for the next evacuee.
Then the process repeats. Everyone gets out.
The United States Military has been utilizing High Rise Escape Systems Guardian Escape Systems on Air Traffic Control Towers for years, which includes the Ellsworth AFB, Dyess AFB, Vandenburg AFB, Edwards AFB, Tinker AFB, Maxwell AFB and Patrick AFB as well as Army and Air National Guard installations such as Alpena CRTC, Grayling Air Gunnery Range & Selfridge ANG.
(See the HRES device in action as designed for the Dyess AFB ACT Tower which is much safer than taking the stairs or the elevator. Courtesy of Dyess AFB & YouTube.)
*HRES has now been recognized as an ‘ASTORS’ Award Champion in its Sixth Consecutive Homeland Awards Program, respectively.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program will highlight the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2023 and the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders. Because #MentorshipMatters.
So be on the lookout for exciting upcoming announcements of Speakers, Presenters, Book Signing Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in November of 2023 in New York City!
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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The pinnacle of the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Ceremony Luncheon Banquet, an exclusive, full-course plated meal event, in the heart of New York City.
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Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which came out in force to discuss comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to the development of intelligence and technologies which serve to protect our nation.
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