ASTM International's committee E06 on the performance of buildings
has established a new subcommittee, E06.77, on high-rise building
external evacuation devices. The subcommittee was created to look
at the development and maintenance of standards for buildings'
multiple-occupant (10 or more) evacuation devices.
The new subcommittee will give special attention to individuals
with physical conditions or mobility impairments. Some of the
devices reviewed possess the ability to transport emergency responders
vertically to the rescue site.
The scope of the standards subcommittee will include platform-based
devices, slides and chutes and controlled-descent devices. It
does not include rope or chain ladders, helicopters or helicopters
with platforms, parachutes, balloons or evacuation chairs.