FDNY recalls new safety rope equipment a week after distribution

The FDNY recalled its new safety rope equipment Wednesday, one week after it was distributed.

The fire department pulled the ropes back because one of the cords frayed during training exercises. The new system was issued to prevent tragedies like the deaths of two firefighters earlier this year in the Bronx. Lieutenant Curtis Meyran and firefighter John Bellew died after jumping from the fourth floor of a building without ropes.

Though it was just the rope that frayed, the department is now reviewing the whole system, including a harness and hook, descent control device and carrying bag. The maker of the equipment and a consultant will inspect the system before it is distributed again to make sure it is safe.

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