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Firefighter Extraction System (FES)


The Firefighter Extraction System (FES) provides rescue lifting capability to remove injured or exhausted firefighters from the bottom of escape trunks during vertical entry firefighting and training exercises. The FES consists of a pre-rigged block and tackle hoist with storage bag. A padeye or lifting beam anchorage for the block and tackle, a chest harness worn by the user which connects to the block and tackle, and attachment hardware for connecting the harness to the block and tackle. The system provides a working range of up to 65 feet. The capacity of the system for normal use is the extraction of one person; however, the system is rated for a 2-person load.

The FES complies with NFPA 1983 standard “Fire Service Life Safety Rope, Harness, and Hardware” 1995 edition.

For more detailed information on installation, use and maintenance of the FES, refer to technical manual, NAVSEA SS100-AJ-MMO-010 FIREFIGHTER EXTRACTION SYSTEM (FES) (available for download in the (Library) or see AEL 2-930095001, Firefighter Extraction System for ship allowance.

Major components of the FES include:


Drawing of permanently mounted lifting beam
Drawing of chest harness
Image of Sailor using FES

Drawing of rope block and tackle system


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