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INJURIES: Without the Xel, injured persons are lowered by manually handling them down stairwells. This is a slow process, especially if the stairwell is congested or if they are lying on litters. It takes about four firemen for each person.

HANDICAPS: The statistical average for building occupants is that 7% of them have handicaps that keep them from descending stairwells. The percentage for nursing homes, hospitals and elderly homes is, of course, much higher. There is no practical way to rescue the large numbers of these people. If they attempt to use stairwells they slow down all evacuation.

STAIRWELLS: Evacuating a high-rise building down stairwells, in the best of circumstances, can take several hours or more. There are two stairwells. One is reserved for the firemen. The other is for evacuation. Occupants don’t always know which one is for them or don’t always care. Be sure you know which one is for you.

Sometimes stairwells are unusable because they are full of smoke or blocked at the fire floor. Deaths result from persons getting trapped in stairwells. Whether to stay in place and wait for rescue or attempt to descend the stairwells can be a difficult decision. If the hallways are full of smoke, you can’t reach the stairwells without getting help from firemen. They must be available and know where you are.

THE Xel AS USED FOR INJURY RESCUES: The standard Xel lifts 5,000 lbs., at high speed, to any height. The capacity is sufficient to lift a large, preloaded cage, firefighters with their gear and EMS personnel with life saving medical equipment for immediate medical treatment. Litters and gurneys are there to move the patient to the cage and down to ambulances. If the patient is in a locked apartment, the firemen have tools available to break open the lock. All this happens in minutes.

THE Xel AS USED FOR MASS EVACUATIONS: There are several ways to prepare high-rise structures for mass evacuations with the Xel. The key is the number, the size and the strength of the wire ropes. No power is needed to lower the evacuees. The winches only need enough power to lift the empty life saving cage. The normal fire fighting cage is exchanged for a much larger evacuation cage.

Up to their available height, portable chutes can be lifted and installed. Each chute allows an evacuee to slide down to the ground every 30 seconds. These chutes are already used up to the reach of boom machines. The Xel can more easily place the chutes up to higher heights without the need for the boom lifts.

For additional rescues, large quantities of descent devices with safety harnesses can be delivered to any floor for those persons able to use them.

Importantly, once the wire rope loops are installed, the building management does not have to do anything more. No maintenance is needed. No safety is compromised. No building utilities or services are used. Everything is delivered in pristine condition ready to be used. Just one winch and a set of cages can service an entire medium sized city.

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