On July 28th members of the KFD were each issued their own personal PETZL EXO Safety System. Training sessions were conducted by FDNY instructors at Elizabeth Fire Department, Trumbull Street Firehouse.
The Petzl EXO has quickly become an essential part of a firefighters personal protective equipment (PPE). This firefighter escape system proves the user with a quick and rapid means of escape from an untenable position.
Firefighters can become trapped on an upper floor, and face great dangers with limited means of egress. With the Petzl EXO, a firefighter can quickly anchor to a substantial object (window sill, wall stud, radiator pipe, etc.), move towards a window, and exit. The Petzl EXO and its auto-lock feature allows the user to descend to safety.
A unique feature of the Petzl EXO is that trained firefighters can deploy this system (God willing) in as few as ten seconds!
See the Petzel XO system in action