Meet the LEVR™ Escape System

By CMC

Compact. Reliable. Intuitive.

The LEVR Escape System is the most compact escape system available. It is built around CMC’s patented LEVR Descender, a next-generation device that uses its lever-shaped handle for improved descent control, fast and easy horizontal pay-out, reliable edge transition, and intuitive operation. Designed to assure rapid emergency egress with safe, controllable descent, this escape system is now offered with the option of either the gated Flash.G™ Escape Anchor or Flash.2™ Escape Anchor.

CMC’s Flash Anchors are structurally optimized to be strong, robust, lightweight, and low-profile. Both the Flash.G and Flash.2 are classified to NFPA standards as Emergency Escape Anchors and Escape Descent Control Devices (DCDs), allowing advanced users to lower a victim and then lower themselves, a sequence referred to as the Byrne Technique after Firefighter and CMC School Instructor Kelly Byrne. Advanced users interested in the Byrne Technique should check out CMC’s LEVR BT Escape System.

The LEVR Escape System also includes 50 feet of proprietary CMC Fire Escape Web™, made of 100% Technora® fiber for high strength, durability, heat-resistance, and superior packability. A low-profile Fire Escape Bag allows right or left hand deployment and attaches securely to a belt or harness. The personal tether and aluminum auto-locking carabiner keep the system connected to an attachment point and ready for immediate deployment. Extremely compact, the LEVR Escape System integrates with turnout gear and leaves the user uninhibited.

 

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Compact, reliable, and easy to use, the LEVR Escape System is the next generation of bailout equipment. When needed in volatile emergency situations, it provides rapid egress and safe, controllable descent.

Components of the LEVR Escape System
With a quick pull on the Flash Anchor, the full system is removed from stowage and ready for anchoring.
Each LEVR Escape System includes:
– A Flash.G or Flash.2 Escape Anchor
– A LEVR Descender
– 50 feet of Fire Escape Web
– A Fire Escape Bag
– And an auto-lock carabiner

Flash Anchors
CMC’s Flash escape anchors are structurally optimized to be strong, robust, lightweight, and low-profile, fitting smoothly into a deployment bag or turnout gear.
The ergonomic shape provides a firm, full-hand grip for rapid deployment and placement.
The Flash is rated to 13.5 kN, and angled for superior embedment, helping the anchor remain seated when load is applied and preventing rotation.
The wide throat gives the Flash a high degree of compatibility and stability when hooked around load-bearing structures.
Remote anchoring is straightforward with two quick loops through the gate on the Flash.G or a girth hitch through the hitching slot on the Flash.2.

LEVR Descender
Once the system is anchored, the LEVR allows fast and easy horizontal payout.
Its patented design provides smooth and reliable edge transition, rolling over the lip to minimize potential hang-ups at the window sill.
Intuitive to operate, the LEVR is auto-locking so firefighters can go hands-free during the exit.
When the LEVR is rotated, it delivers smooth, progressive descent control.
The ergonomic handle allows firefighters to descend while wearing thick gloves using a two-handed or one-handed method, both of which maintain control over the LEVR and tail.

Fire Web & Bag
The LEVR Escape System is certified for use with propriety CMC Fire Escape Web, made of 100% Technora fiber for strength, abrasion and heat-resistance, and low-profile packability.
The bag allows right or left hand deployment and attaches securely to a belt or harness.
The personal tether and aluminum auto-locking carabiner keeps the system connected to an attachment point and ready for immediate deployment.

Both the Flash.G and Flash.2 are classified to NFPA standards as Emergency Escape Anchors and Escape Descent Control Devices. They make it possible for advanced users to lower a victim and then lower themselves, a sequence referred to as the Byrne Technique after Firefighter Kelly Byrne.

LEVR BT Escape System
For advanced users with appropriate training and experience, CMC offers a separate system that we named the LEVR BT Escape System after the Byrne Technique of lowering a victim before bailing out.
This system includes a BT deployment bag for accessing both ends of the escape line, a captive eye carabiner for connecting to the victim, a rapid deployment tether, and the Flash.G for lowering and anchoring.
With 3 quick wraps through the Flash.G, it functions as a DCD for lowering the victim. Once the line is unweighted and the wraps are cleared, the Flash.G becomes an anchor for personal escape.

Conclusion
In the chaotic and unpredictable conditions of an emergency bailout, CMC’s LEVR Escape Systems are a crucial last resort for executing safe, rapid, and reliable egress.