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Garfield Firefighters Train With 'Batrope'-Styled Evacuation Device

The system allows firefighters to descend from upper floors quickly. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Alan Tani
The system employs a cut- and heat-resistant rope. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Alan Tani
A FEMA grant paid for the system. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Alan Tani
Tens of thousands of fire departments around the world use it. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Alan Tani

GARFIELD, N.J. -- Garfield firefighters trained Saturday with a unique "Batrope"-like system that allows them to escape a dangerous upper-floor situation in seconds.

They bought the $80,000 Petzle EXO Bailout System with money from a $114,000 FEMA assistance to firefighters grant awarded last year.

Using a cut- and heat-resistant rope, the system allows firefighters to get down from heights quickly when exits are blocked. Tens of thousands of fire departments around the world use it.

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