RPI Phoenix Escape System 

There is a story in Greek mythology of a long-lived bird that obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Like the mythological phoenix arising form ashes, the Phoenix System too arises from the ashes of Black Sunday!

On January 23, 2005, six firefighters from the Bronx, NY were forced to jump from a 5th floor window of a multiple dwelling on East 178 St. and the Grand Concourse. That day changed the lives of the members who were forced to jump, their families, and the FDNY family as a whole. On that fateful day, the FDNY lost Lt. Curtis Meyran L-27, and Lt. John Bellew L-27. Firefighter Gene Stolowski L-27, Firefighter Brendan Cawley L-27, Firefighter Jeff Cool R-3, and Firefighter Joseph DiBenardo R-3 were also critically injured from the fall. In 2011, we tragically lost Lt. Joseph DiBernardo from his injuries sustained from the “Black Sunday” fire.

Since January 23, 2005, the members of RPI have continued to work tirelessly to develop the most easy to use, light weight, smallest in size, lowest profile, and most firefighter friendly, firefighter personal safety system available.

Using the RPI 1/23 Hook, 6mm XTec Technora™ Rope from Sterling Rope, the Phoenix Descender, and the Omega Pacific Tephra Carabiner, packaged in multiple configurations, the Phoenix System is the most advanced Firefighter Escape System available today!


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Phoenix Escape System will be donated to the Lt. Joseph DiBernardo Foundation.


PX40, PX50, and PXSO

RPI Hook, RPI 1/23 Hook, or Crosby Hook

Phoenix System Descent Control Device. Allows for self-breaking under load, rapid horizontal payout, controlled rate of descent, and back-side over-speed slowing feature.

Sterling XTec 6mm Technora™ material, lengths of 40’ (12.1m) or 50’(15.2m), excellent abrasion resistant and exceeds the elevated temperature test of 600°C (1112°F) for 45 seconds.

Omega Pacific Tephra Carabiner with captive eye.

Fire Resistant (FR) Ballistic Nylon Carry Pouch, HIP Pouch Configuration, Pocket Configuration, or LUMBAR Pouch Configuration for right or left side of the body. ALL POUCHES Specially designed with Tear-Away Flap for easy deployment of system.

Certification: UL Certified NFPA 2500 (1983), 2022 Ed., Fire Escape System

Safe Working Load: 300lbs. (136kg)

Weight: 40’ 1.9 lbs. (0.863 kg.), 50’ 2.0 lbs. (0.939 kg.)
(All weights without pouch)