Sterling Fire Tech 32 Heat Resistant/High Strength Escape Rope - 600 Foot
The Official Rope of FDNY Personal Escape System
Designed specifically for and tested extensively by FDNY and Sterling Rope. Heat resistant to 932º Fahrenheit (500º Celsius). 100% Technora kernmantle construction retains more strenth after exposure to elevated temperatures than Kevlar. 100% technora gives longer burn-through time than mixed fiber ropes.
After the tragic fire, the entire New York City Fire Department along with other city officials went through the daunting task of reviewing the feasibility of providing strong, lightweight ropes to every firefighter. Personal ropes had been issued in the past, but were taken out of use in 2000 due to several issues including the weight, bulkiness, low heat resistance, and maintenance of the ropes.
In response, Sterling's rope engineers worked closely with FDNY trainers and R&D, and the fiber manufacturer to develop a new and unique rope product to meet the specific and extreme demands that over 13,000 New York firefighters often face. Despite the tight schedule, Sterling was able to develop several prototypes quickly as the project evolved and as New York recognized their needs and the limitations of existing escape equipment systems. FireTech-32 was subjected to very grueling, exhaustive design and testing process that involved over 5000 tests, including rope "drop tests" and actual "bail-outs" out of windows at the department’s training center at Randalls Island.
For the past several years Sterling Rope has worked directly with many top fire departments and fire safety personnel around the world to develop innovative rope safety systems that are highly tactile yet provides strong protection in extreme heat environments. The development of the FireTech-32 was the next logical step in the innovative process that began a few years earlier with the development of RIT 900™, the first in its series of high heat resistant ropes. Since then, Sterling has developed RIT 500™, RIT Response™ and most recently the FireTech-32. Each product has is specific strengths and varied applications. Now with the latest product, Sterling offers the most extensive line of fire safety tag and rescue rope lines in the industry.
Certified to NFPA 1983, 2006 edition for escape rope.