High Rise Escape Systems, a recognized Winner in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, for SIX Consecutive Years, is pleased to announce the company’s Guardian Self Evacuation & Rescue System, has been selected as a 2021 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery System, in the 2021 AST Homeland Security Awards Program.
Ryan Alles, Founder, and President 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.
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.)
High Rise Escape Systems (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.
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 a 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 to accommodate an 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 an 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, HRES is 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, which was also recognized in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program; Ryan Alles, and YouTube.)
Most recently, the United States Military has been utilizing the Guardian Escape Systems on Air Traffic Control Towers such as Altus AFB, Luke AFB, 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.
Together 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.)
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
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 – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards – Gold & Platinum Winners of “Best Disaster Preparedness Product”
Department of Homeland Security/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
High Rise Escape Systems Wins in Sixth Consecutive ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Sixth 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.
*HRES was also recognized in the 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Programs, respectively.
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards highlights 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 United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.
In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
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