Your views: Install platform rescue systems for high-rise buildings

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I refer to the article "Haig Road HDB block evacuated due to fire, 3 taken to hospital" (The New Paper online, July 30).

Fires in high-rise buildings in Singapore and elsewhere have been in the news recently.

The flats affected in this case were from the eighth to the 13th storeys.

It would be quite difficult for residents, especially the aged and the infirm, to evacuate using the stairs in such cases.

A system approved for use in the United States makes quick evacuation possible with a platform that can be lowered and raised along the side of the building, accessing any floor.

An added advantage is that it can also quickly take rescue personnel up to the floors where they are needed.

Singapore should consider such a system for its high-rise buildings.

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