High Rise Escape Systems, a recognized Winner in the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, for Three Consecutive Years, is pleased to announce the company’s Guardian Self Evacuation & Rescue System, has been nominated to compete in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
Ryan Alles, Founder of HRES, spent over a decade in the U.S. emergency services as both an EMT and professional Fire Fighter.
Frustrated and angered by the events of September 11th, 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 can afford.
(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.)
Did you know that ninety-nine percent of the world’s fire ladder trucks cannot reach above the 7th floor.
High Rise Escape Systems (HRES), has a passion for helping others.
Made up of emergency service professionals, EMTs and professional fire fighters, 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 provide simple, reliable and inexpensive solutions for self-evacuation and rescue so that people can truly plan two ways out.
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 are available in both permanent and portable solutions for easy attachment to a structure.
Each of the systems incorporates a Controlled Descent Device (CDD), which works like a pulley.
Each CDD incorporates a poly-steel cable with a neoprene inner lining and braided polyester jacket to protect it against abrasion, moisture and heat.
In operation, a user slides an Escape Harness over them, climbs over their balcony or out a window and the CDD slowly lowers them automatically at the rate of 3 feet per second, which is comparable to the descent of a slow elevator.
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.
Cable lengths are currently available up to 1000 feet (305 meters) or about 100 floors.
Escape harnesses are permanently attached at each end of the cable and full fire resistant evacuation suits are available.
Other options are available for locations exceeding these heights.
The Guardian Escape System is a simple, reliable and inexpensive solution for emergency response – so that you and the ones that you are responsible for always have two ways out.
High Rise Escape Fire Resistant Evacuation Suits
Designed with senior citizens, mobility impaired and the disabled communities in mind, these suits are simple to put on and simple to put on others.
They are oversized for adult and child together if necessary and 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 may be used in place of other harnesses for rescuers as they 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 Guardian Escape System is ideal solution for self evacuation, assisted evacuation & rescue solutions for apartments, condominiums and hotels, as well as theme parks, cranes, oil platforms and ships.
Guardian was designed to mitigate means of egress for anyone living or working above the 2nd floor, and are widely utilized in government buildings, embassies, barracks, and air traffic control centers.
(As always, we are proud to assist any organization that is addressing safety concerns for occupants of multi-story buildings. Supplemental Evacuation is a perfect solution for buildings above the reach of FD Ladder Trucks. What’s your plan for escape? Courtesy of the American Red Cross, Ryan Alles and YouTube.)
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.
Together with your support, HRES is proud to protect those who protect us all!
HRES was also challenged by The Weather Channel’s “Weather Proof” to test the Guardian Escape System in front of a national audience, said Alles.
“We were proud to be featured on the season premiere and received a big “two thumbs up”!
(The Weather Channel challenged High Rise Escape Systems Inc. to see if how fast they could evacuate people from burning buildings. Wait till you see this system in action! Courtesy of the Weather Channel, Ryan Alles and YouTube.)
In 2007 Ryan was appointed to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Building Code/Safety to Life Technical Committee for which he still serves.
He is a founding member of the Safe Evacuation Coalition, Participating member on the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) E06.77 committee on Supplemental Evacuation Devices.
Ryan is also a member of the International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association (IACSP), and worked with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to designate the High Rise Escape Systems product line as a “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology” under the SAFETY Act.
High Rise Escape Systems current qualifications include:
- National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Textbook example of Supplemental Evacuation Equipment – Life Safety Code Handbook 2015-2017 Edition pages 1216, 1217 (three pictures total)
- The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has approved our products for their Tailored Logistics Support Program (TLS) to support our warfighters
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Safety Act – Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology designation in 2007 to Present
- NFPA Building & Life Safety Code / Means of Egress Section – Technical Committee Appointee 2007 to Present
- American Security Today (AST) 2016, 2017 and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for Best Disaster Preparedness, Recovery Solution and Best Fire & Safety System.
- Department of Homeland Security/Responder Knowledge Base – Registered Participant
- • Government Security News (GSN) 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Winners of The Homeland Security Award for “Best Clean Up, Decontamination, Disaster Preparedness or Recovery Product”
- Government Security News (GSN) 2017 Winners of the ‘Airport, Seaport & Border Security Awards’ for “Best Disaster Preparedness Product”
- 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
(3 lives from 3 floors in 60 seconds! Safe, steady and controlled descent at 3 feet per second. Simple solutions for buildings up to 100 floors. Courtesy of High Rise Escape Systems and YouTube)
HRES, Takes Gold in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery System
Guardian Escape System (Self Evacuation & Rescue Solution)
*HRES was also recognized in the 2017 and 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, and Desktop Alert.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland SecurityAwards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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