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Evacuation drill – down the rabbit hole

4 Feb 2016, 14:24 UTC
Evacuation drill – down the rabbit hole
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Evacuation chute. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg
ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg on the evacuation procedure at Concordia research station, taken from his personal blog:
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland – 1865
Down, down, down. Would the fall ever come to an end? As I’m sliding through this 10 meter sock, the only thing I really worry about is getting stuck. What would happen? Would they de-sock me? Or just squeeze me out? Before I can fully process the thought, the end is there. I stop. Outside. It’s -32°C and I’m wearing a t-shirt, I realise that an evacuation exit is nice, but a heated backup shelter would be even better because now it’s the cold I need to escape!
Twin towers of Concordia. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Kaimakamis
As fire is the biggest threat to the Concordia station and since the Vostok Fire Brigade is 650 km away, we have to rely on ourselves to deal with any problem that occurs. Part of the safety plan is a mirrored setup of the base, so for every essential system ...

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