Self evacuation © Kyra Neeley Self evacuation © Kyra Neeley


Following a tragic accident in 2004, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) wanted to equip each firefighter with an individual system of protection, allowing emergency self-evacuation from a burning building. To do this, the FDNY conducted a very specific study of their needs. Over forty technical solutions were proposed and more than 5000 tests were carried out in their training centers. During this study, the FDNY approached Petzl to request the development of a device based on the GRIGRI (descender/belayer) and to fine-tune a new emergency evacuation technique. The EXO was the result of this association of experts and is now carried by all of New York’s firefighters. This system allows each firefighter to quickly escape a burning building, with a high level of safety.