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High Rise Escape Systems - Panama

Safety & Security Well, it's official. I am now the exclusive distributor for High Rise Escape Systems in the Republic of Panama. Details will be coming soon, but in the meantime check out this video. This system is basically a solidly built anchoring system which uses a "Controlled Descent Device (CDD)" to gently lower people to the ground, while protecting them in a coverall suit that reflects radiant heat on a steel cable. The system is easy to operate, requires no electricity and very little training, safe, tested and proven - it gives you a way to get out of a fire in a high rise building should you ever become trapped by fire. I've been looking into this since Terry Grinham got caught in an apartment contents fire back in May of 2006. The fire and safety codes in high rise buildings in Panama are not the same as they are in the United States, and I've known this for a lot time. Then I saw a speech on television. (more)

Channel Surfing: On 6 September 2006 I was channel surfing and stopped in the middle of a live speech Bush was giving that had something to do with terrorism. I caught the speech in the middle, and he was talking about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and current terrorist's plans. At about the time I got focused on the speech, the next words I heard were:

  • "KSM Also Told Us Many Details Of Other Plots To Kill Innocent Americans And Provided Vital Information On Al Qaida's Efforts To Obtain Biological Weapons For Terrorist Attacks. He described the design of planned attacks on buildings inside the U.S. and how operatives were directed to carry them out. He told us the operatives had been instructed to ensure the explosions went off at a point that was high enough to prevent the people trapped above from escaping out of the windows."

So That's The Plan: I was wondering what the next big attempt was going to be. And, since there's little chance of a 9/11 repeat based on multiple simultaneous hijackings, then this kind of a thing makes perfect sense. They could rent or buy an space in a residential or commercial building and then slowly move the explosives or flammable materials into the buildings and make a huge bomb on site. No one would question them because they "belong" there. And the remark about "trapping people high enough" made my hair stand on end. I though about Terry Grinham.


Fire in an Office Building in the UK

Do Something: I contacted Robert "Kirk" Kirkland that same day in Orlando. We've spent the last couple of months working out the details and it is now official. I will be importing High Rise Escape Systems to Panama. There are a whole lot of reasons why, but there's nothing like having a back door.


Quickly Spreading Contents Fire

Quickly Spreading Contents Fire: Apartment buildings in Panama and the rest of the world are made out of steel and cement. The real concern is not that the structure will burn, but rather that the contents will catch fire. Here's a fire training video that shows exactly how fast a fire can start and spread.


The One Meridian Plaza Fire

The One Meridian Plaza Fire: One Meridian Plaza is a 38-floor skyscraper in Philadelphia that suffered a severe fire on February 23, 1991. The fire started on the 22nd floor and raged for 18 hours, gutting eight floors and causing an estimated $100 million in direct property loss. It was later described by Philadelphia officials as "the most significant fire in this century". The fire caused window breakage, cracking of granite, and failures of spandrel panel connections. Despite the severity and duration of the fire, as evidenced by the damage the building sustained, no part of the building collapsed.


The First Interstate Bank Fire

The First Interstate Bank Building: - A 62-story skyscraper in Los Angeles that suffered the worst high-rise fire in the city's history. From the late evening of May 4, 1988 through the early morning of the next day, 64 fire companies battled the blaze, which lasted for 3 1/2 hours. The fire caused extensive window breakage, which complicated firefighting efforts. Large flames jutted out of the building during the blaze. Firefighting efforts resulted in massive water damage to floors below the fire, and the fire gutted offices from the 12th to the 16th floor, and caused extensive smoke damage to floors above. The fire caused an estimated $200 million in direct property loss. In spite of the total burnout of four and a half floors, there was no damage to the main structural members and only minor damage to one secondary beam and a small number of floor pans.


The Windsor Building Fire

The Windsor Building Fire: The most recent case of a severe high-rise fire is the one that destroyed the Windsor Building in Madrid, Spain on February 12, 2005. The Windsor fire was more severe than any of the other fires described on this page. The Windsor Building, unlike all the buildings mentioned above, was framed in steel-reinforced concrete rather than steel.

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