Survitec has signed a partnership agreement with Netherlands-based manufacturer Evacuator Worldwide for the global distribution rights to the pioneering emergency descent system, which was introduced to the market in April.

Evacuator, the world’s first fireproof and panic-proof emergency descent system designed to evacuate people from heights of up to 300 metres, will be solely marketed and distributed by Survitec across all industry sectors.

Developed for structures that previously relied upon rope-based descent systems or those that had no emergency evacuation options available at all, Evacuator can be deployed within 10 seconds and can be fire-proofed up to 1,750°C for 30 minutes. It is a fully mechanical system so does not require a power supply, ensuring operational availability and reliability at all times and in all circumstances.

Eugene Verstegen, co-owner of Evacuator Worldwide and inventor of the system, said: “In partnering with Survitec we find the perfect platform to propel distribution of the Evacuator to the next level. We are now able to tap into the full breadth and knowledge of Survitec’s worldwide sales, service and distribution network to ensure that all those working in high-rise structures, whether on land or sea, now have access to the most optimum means of escape possible.”

Ross Johnston, Head of Sales at Survitec, said: “We are immensely proud to partner with Evacuator Worldwide… it is a world-class improvement in safety allowing personnel to rapidly evacuate from a wide range of structures.”

Available with a range of steal cable lengths and evacuation capacities, the Evacuator offers a simple “click-on-and-go” mechanism that automatically controls the descent at a speed of one metre a second.