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Personal Bail out Systems
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Bricault (ret) Jun 16, 2010.


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Lives in:
Massapequa NY
Massapequa Volunteer Fire Dept
Ex- Capt
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Like every other department. Trying to keep people interested and trained properly for the what ifs.
Professional Qualifications:
NY State Fire Instructor I
NY State Fire Investigator
Department Training Officer
Topics you provide training for:
Personal Safety Systems ( Bail out Ropes)
Forcible Entry
Rapid intervention Teams
Vehicle extrication
Engine Operations
Truck Operations
Areas of expertise:
Vehicle Extrication
Truck Company Operations
Retired NYC Police Officer Married for Twelve years, with Two children Jason 4 Jordan 6 months. Volunteer firefighter for 29 years and counting. Employed as a Fire Equipment Instructor and Sales Rep.
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At 2:05pm on May 27, 2008, Dennis E Sampson said…
Hello Jim,

When I originally opened your post on the Rescue Artist I was taken to a web page called Ning and could not get out of the site. I was able to correct the problem with help from my son. I retracted a post as a precaution to the potential problem and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. I opened it as I have men in my crew that use thie product and was concerned. I have received the information you were looking for as well as I and there is no recall or problem and they are still being manufactured. I will attach to this comment the information directly from CMC Rescue about this device.

Stay Safe !!
Respectfully, Captain Dennis E Sampson

Hello Captain Sampson,

There have been no recalls on any of the CMC devices and I would be interested in knowing where you heard that from. We have had some modifications and improvements to the Escape Artist device since it was introduced, but those have been rolling enhancements and in no way indicating there was an underlying concern. We did introduce a new double brake version to help alleviate a concern for a person/department that may not have much opportunity to train on the units. In a panic situation (over squeeze) friction will be applied and the person will not travel as fast. The double brake version has a operation range in the middle. The original version concept remains unchanged, the handle has just been moved to be similar to the double so the manufactured parts are similar. Therefore we do have 2 versions right now and we intend on keeping both as options.

Please feel free to contact me at the numbers below to discuss anything further. We are in CA M-F 8-5.

Ryan Metzger
Sales Coordinator
Direct: 805-456-7156
General: 805-562-9120
Fax: 805-562-9870

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