Standards Subcommittee Looks at High-Rise Evacuation Devices

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.

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