Personal Escape Systems (PES) are devices that provide firefighters the ability to exit through an upper floor window in less than 30 seconds, should they become trapped or disoriented during interior fire operations.
“Our current system uses a system of ropes and knots that each firefighter has to tie to themselves to make their own harness. We then have to anchor in the building and escape one at a time, which can take between four and six minutes,” said San Diego Fire Captain J Harris.
Although the newer PES device is a needed item for all firefighters, the SDFRD has other priority needs that have not allowed for this equipment to be purchased. Each device costs nearly $700. The goal is to outfit every San Diego firefighter at a cost of $583,000.
“The difference between four to six minutes and 15 seconds is a cost of 44-cents per San Diegan. It’s a no brainer. You do the math and it makes sense,” said Executive Director of San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation Wendy Robinson.
The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is accepting donations online.