Sandy, UT (PRWEB) April 22, 2004
Open letter to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Subject: Sep.11, WTC's evacuation issues and alternative solutions to secure effective mass evacuation in case of extreme emergency.
My name is Gerard Zephinie. I am a French born industrial designer, inventor and developer of the Zephinie Escape Chute technologies since 1968. Author of the worldwide patented invention: Evacuation Verticale Zephinie a Entrees Multiples, especially designed in 1973 to secure evacuation in case of terrorist attack on tall buildings. (abbreviated in English as ZEC-ME)
Most of Sep-11, 2800 deaths in NY are related to an expected "non" evacuation consequence. The non evacuation factor is not addressed by public opinion because some interest groups wrongly affirm that there is no proven alternative for tall building evacuation.
Special interests have silenced for years, using intimidation, the diffusion in the USA of a unique evacuation technique, million times tested under the responsibility of a Major US Corporation overseas for 20 years.
Please see 60 pages of international historical records: http://escape-chute.freewwwtools.org/
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It was possible to empty completely the towers in less than one hour. Years of records and available tests will confirm this evidence and help to avoid future evacuation disasters. Official self-satisfaction on Sep.11 evacuation is deceptive . . . The Iceberg has sunk the Titanic but 99% peoples could have escaped if the life boats were available.
Thirty months of restless efforts to herald tall buildings' evacuation problems and the urgency to remedy to this essential safety breach, have been rudely unacknowledged and silenced.
For decades experts have considered the NY WTC as the prime terrorists' target. Tall buildings cannot meet commune evacuation standards. Confidential studies (1968-75) estimated up to five thousands deaths will occur in case of terrorist attack or uncontrolled fire. Insurance computed primes in those figures.
New York Port Authority and the NYFD have systematically opposed retrofiting the only available escape system (marketed and guaranteed overseas by Otis Elevator Corp. since 1975)
The initial French company included a famous honorary member of the NYFD having reported to commissionaire O'Hagan on the development of the ZEC technologies for years. Consequently NYFD never ignored or could doubt in 1977 that ZEC-ME was operative and already 100,000 times tested and certified by the French government. In 1975 the ZEC was proudly marketed overseas by a famous US Corporation until patents exclusivity ended in 1996.
1993 . Attack on the WTC confirms for years, predicted evacuation's problem.
1995-96. NY rebuked our effort to introduce ZEC-ME from the WTC of Mexico.
2001. 2800 deaths.
It is hard breaking off a 25-years old vicious circle. ZEC-ME is the only available tall building evacuation technique since 1973. It is impossible to erase or hide forever the quarter century long history of the ZEC-ME in the USA. Ergo, it is impossible admitting that the ZEC-ME works in NY without uncovering a long conspiracy to disqualify the only usable alternative to stairways' evacuation.
A public exposure could stop this situation.
All our press releases have been silenced since Oct 2001.
We have the fortitude of 37 years of matchless proficiency on vertical evacuation alternative solutions. Our singular competence is essential to reopen the public debate in the USA about the silenced controversy.
PS. I apologize for all English imperfections in the text.
Gerard J. Zephinie
Industrial designer - Inventor
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