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CMC Rescue Escape Artist

The Most Advanced Escape Descent Control Device Available
UL Classified to NFPA 1983 - Escape

The Escape ArtistTM offers what most other escape devices do not-a hands-free edge transition and a controllable descent. The Escape ArtistTM pays out the rope smoothly and then locks when loaded, allowing both hands to be used to negotiate the exit. Squeezing the lever gives the user control of the descent rate. Intended for the most extreme conditions, the Escape Artist's all-metal construction and minimum number of parts provides durability and reliable performance. The Escape Artist is intended to be pre-rigged on an escape line, and kept ready for immediate use. The improved handle is located inside the side plates, reducing the potential of catching on an edge. It also provides increased mechanical advantage for easier control, while maintaining all of the high-performance features of the original design.


Escape Artist features:

  • Patented auto-locking design allows hands-free edge transitions
  • Variable friction allows user to control rate of descent
  • Works equally well with or without gloves of any type
  • Constructed of aluminum and stainless steel
  • Compact and lightweight - only 6.5 oz. (184g)
  • Certified for escape lines from 7.5 to 9.0mm in diameter


ItemBrake OptionRope SizeColorPrice
300913 Single 7.5mm - 8.5mm Red $138


Picking the Right Escape Artist - Single Brake or Double Brake?

The choice of a descent control device involves inherent trade-offs based on what is most important to the user. The original single brake design of the Escape Artist provides a hands-free window transition and exceptional control on the descent. An important feature is the ease of paying out rope if the anchor point is some distance from the window. Squeezing the handle fully allows the rope to slide smoothly through the device. The trade-off is that during a descent the user must remember to release the handle to slow down. Squeezing the device in a panic grip will allow the user to continue to descend.

The double brake escape artist operates in the same manner: the user squeezes the handle to control descent and releases the handle to stop. However, if the descent is too fast and the user panics, squeezing harder on the handle instead of letting up, the Double Brake Escape Artist will slow the descent. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only available escape-certified descent control device with a double braking feature. The trade-off is that when a user is letting out rope quickly to cross a room, some skill is required to find the free running spot between too little and too much pressure on the handle.

The choice of which model Escape Artist will work best for your department and personnel depends on its level of training and the protocols that have been established for emergency escape.

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