Introducing the latest in Escape Devices: Sterling Rope's F4™

Biddeford, ME - Sterling Rope announces a new innovative escape device that gives firefighters an advanced, yet simple tool for emergency egress. The F4's sleek, lightweight design (6 oz) is certified with Sterling's escape ropes, such as the FireTech 32™. It is engineered to allow easy horizontal movement. The auto-locking feature adds security and confidence for a hands-free exit of the structure. And, the F4 can be used by all sizes of firefighters. The low profile shape packs easily in many bag styles and is available with multiple anchor options.

The new F4 has been tested by firefighters and trainers alike. It is certified to NFPA 1983, 2006 edition for Escape and is patent pending. It is proudly made in the USA. $1 of every F4 sale will be donated to National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (

F4 shown with FireTech 32, sewn eye, and Crosby Hook. Other Sterling rope and anchor options are available.

Lightweight. Simple. Effective. The F4 is an auto-locking descent control device. The rope is easily pre-rigged by threading the rope through the holes (as shown) for fast deployment. In the last hole, the rope also passes through the release handle, which when squeezed releases the rope to allow easy horizontal movement or descent. At the window, because it is auto-locking, a firefighter can employ a hands-free bailout. IMPORTANT: During rappel, the F4 must be used with both hands. The brake hand controls the speed of descent.

Sterling's F4 is designed to be used with either hand and any size, shape, or weight firefighter. The F4 has been tested and certified using Sterling's escape ropes, such as the FireTech 32, EscapeTech, RIT 500 and 8mmPER.

As with any new device, rope, or safety equipment, proper training is required. For more information on the F4 or any of Sterling's products, please contact Sterling's Rescue department at 1-800-788-7673 or

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Sterling Rope officially opened its new, advanced Training Center February 13, 2009. This new center, located inside the Sterling plant, was designed to be used by professionals to teach rope rescue and rope access techniques. In addition, use of this room will help Sterling design and develop new products. The elements in the room are designed for training, but are excellent for testing the function and durability of each new product.

World-renowned trainers were brought in to assist with the design to make sure that a maximum number of elements were included to provide a broad range of rescue and work situations. The room features a vertical drop area (opening to the floor below) to simulate rescues or bailouts from a height. The various training elements include: a window and parapet platform to train for personal escape and roof rescue, a ledge for vertical lifts, a tower for tower rescue. Future additions will include a tube-like structure for confined space training. The vertical drop area is at one end of the Training Center. At the other end is a full size classroom complete with white boards, overhead projectors, computer hook-ups and Internet access. The classroom will seat up to 30 people comfortably. There is also a separate instructor's room for prep work, set up or break out sessions.

The Sterling Training Center will be available for certified instructors fire departments, and industrial safety experts to use. Sterling will also offer basic rope rescue courses throughout the year. Sterling has offered rope rescue and mountain rescue training courses for the past nine years.

For more information or application packet, please contact Matt Hunt at 1800-788-ROPE ext 3107.

Sterling Rope Company Sterling Rope is the recognized leader in innovative search, escape and general pupose rescue and safety ropes. We offer an extensive line of high performance rescue and safety ropes, certified to NFPA 1983, 2006 edition. For more information on our products, visit our website. or call us at 1-800-788-ROPE (7673).

Sterling Rope Co., Inc
Sam Morton
Rescue Safety Manager
1-207-282-2550 ext 3101

Sterling Rope Co., Inc
Carolyn Brodsky
1-207-282-2550 ext 3001
800-788-ROPE (7673)