Flawed safety ropes recalled by the FDNY get new design

The flawed safety ropes that were recalled by the FDNY earlier this month have been redesigned and are working without any problems.

The $11 million safety rope system was pulled after a rope frayed during a training exercise. Fire officials met with the manufacturer and redesigned the lowering device. They say after approximately 1,000 practice runs the problem is now fixed. The new ropes will have a u-bolt and a track to keep the device in place while firefighters descend.

Fire officials say the city will not have to pay any extra cost for the new design. Further testing on the ropes will continue before they are sent into the field for use. The FDNY decided to issue a new safety rope system after two firefighters were killed after jumping from a window during a Bronx fire in January.

The new ropes are expected to be issued in December.

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