Over 1,000,000 uses in the 80's!
Between the October 24,1973 and
December 5. 1974 the very first tests of EVZ summed up 40,270!
All the tests were organized
and supervised by the 6 members of the EVZ company in 6 countries.
During 1975-76 the first equipments were disseminated to several
ministries of France for testing and to the UTC-Otis organization in
International fair Paris, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Lille, Strasbourg,
The Red Cross, le Salon de la Jeunesse, la Fête de l'huma, and
similar operations in Spain will every year increase the amount of
public uses of the EVZ to over 100,000 per annum between France,
Spain and Belgium.
To make a ride in EVZ became the kids' major attraction with the
Fire ladder to participate to the annual Fire Department's "Open
Door" PR operation in many cities.
During the 80's Approximately 5000 units were installed and used one
time per years for drills. A building installation can include
between 1 up to 25 ZEC.
The director of the UTC-Otis chute department of Paris told Zephinie
that the French Ministry of Interior has estimated the number of
uses at 1,000,000 in 1987 in France.
The illegal marketing of the ZEC technology started in Asia stated
in 1982 and actually one company claim having installed 3000 ZEC
technology escape chutes. Hundreds of thousands uses has to be added
from this source.
Zephinie doesn't get money from the ZEC business since 1988. That
makes the little difference between regular and illegal use of
Zephinie's technology worldwide .
The extraordinary national popularity of the ZEC in France during
Those historical information’s are added for the American's press
information that actually had a hard time to believe the story of
the Zephinie Escape chute is a reality. All reported facts can be
formally testified by hundred of witnesses and press report archives
The product itself involves a set of psychological characteristic
that makes it universally appreciated by the population, including
the sensation to use it.
The International fair
of Paris (1974)
this even is an
example of advertising sponsored operation and popular
response to the ZEC:
Zephinie convinced the fair director to sponsor the shows
giving 10,000 sq/ft of space near the entrance. The demo’s
five stories structure, the mobile home, and the seven
service men of the French Navy firefighters were also
sponsoring participation of a value of $50,000 at the time.
During the rush hour, the multitude public watching over the
demos was interfering with the flow of passage to the point
that the next years the ZEC the Demo operation will be
located at the far end of the park near the Freeway.
(The freeway traffic will be slowing down, and it was
necessary to hide the view of the demos)
15,000 of the 800,000 visitors tested an evacuation system
having officially forbidden to be tested by the firefighters
by the General of the French firefighters during 1974!
A 12 years old kid has been quoted by the Navy men
supervising the demonstrations for having used the EVZ 52
times in one day. The champion having climbed 260 stories
and descending a total 6500 yard in the EVZ.
A blind person tested the EVZ carrying h dog in his harms.
A 80 years old lady wanted a ride to be the older lady in
the new vertical Evacuation system. The EVZ teams were too
busy to think to register the many records performed by the
EVZ with Guinness.
The Minister of Sport came especially to make a televised
testing of the EVZ, so did the next day another politician!
The EVZ demos have been performed in all major cities of
France, Spain, Belgium and Holland.
Politicians having a love affair with the Television everywhere,
Zephinie organized a standard procedure to interact the presence of
local politicians testing the EVZ in TV cameras presence.
The Vertical evacuation technology invented by Zephinie has
been hundred of time reported by TV and in over a thousand times since
In a 3 years period la “Chaussette
” became the most popular “French Invention” of
The TV, radio and press reports of all the international and
national fair demonstration will spread the invention adding to the
direct observation of the ZEC in rescues drills action by millions of
fair visitors every year.
To see working the “Chaussette” that have seem “in
the TV” as it is said in popular abused French language,
will give an extraordinary persistent memorization of the product for
years to millions.
ZEC remains a powerful and positive image vector
The ZEC remains a unique product vector of positive image association
with a great potential in the USA as so far exploited. (Please
contact for more information in this subject)
Undoubtedly the EVZ development operation has
been most successful and the first internationally "sponsored"
operation of this kind in France during the 70’s.
In 1977 a movie titled “The
Chaussette en Folie” with the famous French actor Jean
Richard in the role of the Inventor of the Chaussette was
Zephinie for very personal reason has not participated.
The world famous Jean Bejart's ballet asked Zephinie to
adapt a EVZ to be used in a choreography.
The French Government produced a movie
for international promotion of French product using the
EVZ” an exemplar of the French creativeness. (Commerce Exterior)
Other production for the French Universities will be run and many
universities and Zephinie was asked to share his unusual experience of
Inventor and promoter.
The Vertical evacuation course was officially added to
curriculum of firefighter engineer course in 1977.
The word “Chaussette” was first used to answer to
question “how does works the EVZ”. The answer was:
You feel like entering your harm into a long sock!
“Chaussette” in French. The press people will nickname the
EVZ la “Chaussette”. Later UTC-Otis tried to change this
The “la Chaussette Zephinie” became la “ La
Chaussette d’Otis” and official publication mention
the word “Chaussette” however the French normal word is
The Word “Manche and Chaussette
d’évacuation” has been added since to the French
The EVZ story include many anecdotes
that will be eventually published soon in a book.
A General's stupid public
The French TV canal2 archive keep the stupid public
declaration of the General : That obviously works but it doesn’t
exit for me! (Oct. 24-1973)
A funny illustration of the EVZ-ZEC odyssey will remains the picture of
General Ferauge proudly presenting the UTC-Otis vertical Evacuation system to
the president of the French