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April 10, 2022

Slide Down Ropes to Safety in New Life Saving Device, 1932

That life saving equipment need not be elaborate and expensive effectively to remove people from a burning building is demonstrated in the introduction in Germany of a new device called the “servitor” in 1932.

Trapped in burning building, victim can slide to safety on pair of ropes as illustrated here. Note how belt supports the rescued person in new life saving device.

The contraption consists of nothing more than a pair of stout ropes which are hooked to a window frame and down which the victim slides to safety. This sliding is performed in a special gadget having a couple of handles, as illustrated in the photo above. A life belt is strapped about the victim’s middle to insure a comfortable trip earthward.

Tests proved that 30 persons can be rescued in 12 minutes.


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