Managing emergencies by making them worse

The Albany, N.Y., Office of Emergency Management doesn’t want a company to be able to install a skyscraper evacuation system in buildings in the city.

Escape Rescue Systems has designed and built an exterior skyscraper evacuation system capable of evacuating 300 people from five floors at once, and bringing in firefighters and rescue personnel into a building. But OEM denied the company’s request for a building permit to install and test the system in a city building, despite the system receiving certification as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

OEM said that it denied the building permit because of concerns about people panicking during an emergency, or the possibility that a fire would spread through open windows to other parts of a building. What? Like it wouldn’t spread inside the building?

There needs to be some sort of plan to evacuate tall buildings in the event of a disaster or terrorist attack, though. Listen to this idiot, though:

“I hope we’re doing everything possible to be more prepared,” said Frank Siller of Westerleigh. “In my mind, there’s no doubt that these [terrorists] are coming back.”

His brother Stephen Siller was one of the 343 firefighters killed at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001. . . .

Siller said he’s not privy to the designs, but if “the people from OEM say it’s not interesting to them, maybe that’s because it doesn’t work.”

He said: “I’d have to say [OEM] is looking out for our best interest.” — Staten Island Advance

OEM is not looking out for your best interest. If they were, they wouldn’t have objected to testing this system for specious reasons which make absolutely no sense, once you actually think about them. For now, people who work in skyscrapers in Albany have one less option for evacuation in the event of a disaster or attack.

One thought on “Managing emergencies by making them worse

  • February 27, 2006 at 3:55 am

    HEY THATS OK! Maybe the world is better off with other people being saved, not so much Albany–

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