The Zephinie Escape
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This is actually a matter of International Public Safety awareness.
Evacuation specialist declares: THOUSANDS COULD HAVE SAVED THEIR LIVES IN THE WTC
--Testimony by the inventor of the 25-year-old Vertical Escape technology.
--Revelations of hidden sordid facts involving NYC officials and Big Brother’s influence.
Lerma, Edo. de Mexico, Mexico. October 7, 2001. Gerard Zephinie a 58-year-old French Industrial designer, Inventor and founder of the Zephinie Vertical Escape Chute (ZEC) Technology’s testimony: The ZEC could have rescued 1000’s from the World Trade Center towers before the structural collapse.
I do feel truly sorry and revolted, declares Zephinie.
I am revolted, says Zephinie, because the 25-year-old Zephinie Multi-Entry vertical Escape basic technology design is the only system that can allow up to 1000 people per minute to evacuate 100-story towers or higher. In particular, the threat of terrorist’s attacks on high-rise towers worldwide has been argued by Zephinie since 1975, as a determining factor to retrofit the ZEC. What Zephinie affirms is that: The thousands of people that were trapped over the floor levels impacted by the planes could have been evacuated by only one set of four or five units of ZEC-EM. In addition, the ZEC should have been retrofitted in the WTC, some 15 to 20 years ago. A building of this high-rise structure should have been equipped with approximately 30 units of ZEC-EM.
Zephinie underlines a non-regulated, probability for potentially losing control of a fire in building towers had always existed. This was evidenced by the tragedy in the World Trade Center towers. The failure to allow the installation or retrofitting of the ZEC by New York officials, spelled out that everything was not done to secure the safety of human life and eventually resulted in the condemnation of thousands of people to a most horrible death. The story doesn’t end there. It is appropriate to mention, that before the use of cellular phones, some buildings were equipped with automatic switches to shut down all telephone communication in case of fire to avoid widespread panic. The incapability of mass evacuation of people trapped by fire in high-rise buildings continues to be a basic ethical problem - one that I feel the ZEC could easily solve.
This is not a lousy greedy business statement, added Zephinie. In fact, the ZEC-ME was the only proven massive escape system available. Now, the US Patents are of the public domain.
Anyone having observed the behavior of a steel beam in a laboratory fire test, can’t expect that a steel structure bearing some dozens of thousands of tons of load capacity could eventually stand more than one hour. Under thermal concentrations, the effects of dozens of tons of combustible material would ignite because the initial fuel explosion. After half an hour of evacuation, the danger of the building collapsing should have been considered, because adequate resources were not available to cool down the steel structure in a technically acceptable amount of time. Unfortunately, not all high-rise buildings have been designed to allow a full extreme emergency evacuation until 1975, it was not possible. The building was well designed, but wasn’t designed for evacuation as had confirmed one of the architects. The US Fire Safety regulation doesn’t consider high-rise building emergency evacuation desirable. The non-evacuation option was a multi-billion dollar business potential assurance for the safety industry in 1977, through the NY Local Law #5. (See note #4) What is good for big brother’s stock is evidently good for America.
This is not the exclamation of a quixotic crackpot who has invented a miraculous Mickey Mouse like evacuation system over the weekend in his garage. Zephinie accounts for over 30 years of international involvement in the development of the high-rise building vertical evacuation system. He is the author of a dozen basic designs and methods of application, control, etc. and he founded the integrated base of the Zephinie Vertical Evacuation technology.
Why has this apparently unique life saving technology never been officially examined or tested by fire authorities, particularly in New York, solely as an object of scrutiny by national associations responsible for matters of public safety regulations and standards in the USA? How could the American Safety Industry apparently ignore a US patented invention of this sort?
Holy greediness versus ethics are the key words of this incredible case of ZEC’s fate in the USA, answers Zephinie: It is a complex and exemplary case of censorship of alternative technology and official "blackout" to preserve the stability of a market sector practically dominated by a sole corporation composed of buy-outs and mergers. Key national industries and interests dominate the US Sprinkler and Fire Rescue industry.
The case presents a heavy suspicion of conspiracy involving some major US corporations and elected officials. This conspiracy includes premeditation of omission and or unfair actions, such as intimidating decent competitive companies not to sell the ZEC in the USA. Witnesses can confirm the facts.
Why have you denied the revelation of ZEC technology for 20 years to the American Public’s opinion? To save the international image of the ZEC, replies Zephinie!
Following the MGM grand fire in February 1981, the CBS 60-Minute team offered to expose the case of ZEC’s boycott before the American opinion. This was following a "That is Incredible" production shot in Paris, France in December 1980. Subsequently, a top officer of the Otis European operation in Paris, informed me in a friendly manner that any public disclosure regarding UTC censure in the US will oblige all of UTC-Otis European companies to immediately drop ZEC commercialization. In 1981, ZEC was then only a 6-year old proven technology and a United Technologies’s spokesperson declaring: Our European subsidiaries stopped commercialization of the Zephinie invention in Europe. Sorry, no comment would have been a practically irreparable issue for the US and international image and the ZEC.
Press support in the US had never been a problem. In 1978, Doubleday was interested in publishing the yet 12-year old adventures of the ZEC invention at the time.
The logic was to expect a legal period long enough to avoid any involvement of the UTC European subsidiaries possibility of denigration of the quality of the product.
In 1981, yet any media exposure could not but lead to the fact of denunciation of suspect behavior in the zone of influence of the extremely powerful NY fire commission in office at that time.
The problem was not, then to inform the key actors of the US safety market, underlines Zephinie. They knew the ZEC was technically an unchallengeable method of Vertical massive evacuation. Because of that fact, there was a particular reason for those gentlemen to block, at all cost, the diffusion of an alternative high-rise technique of evacuation in the USA.
I had documents and witness that could confirm that the fire department of NYC and ATO (Figgie International ) was informed of the successful development of the ZEC since 1975.
How can you explain why anyone should try to help the ZEC project in America?
When I first went to New York in August 1977, recalls Zephinie, I had to rely on a very short cash flow and a language barrier. I had learned to speak a somewhat broken English in exactly ninety hours. However, in a matter of weeks, I was been able to gather great help from the right American citizens and decent corporations. That has generated enough hope to persist in the fight for 16 years until I was forced to give up exhausted and broke. This illustrates the power of this type of sordid blocking.
The president of the National Association of Retired Fire Fighters of America had been among the first enthusiastic supporters to try to fix the situation. One month later, he called me to a meeting in his office in the basement of Bloomingdale’s where he told me, I really am sorry, Gerard, I am obliged to quit our project, including not personally meeting with you again!
Walter Keede, the leader of the Safety Chemical US industry also had responded positively in 1978 to market the ZEC in the USA. Not being able or organized to perform the task of installation, he suggested that a national elevator company like Otis, Westinghouse or Dovers should take over that process, all of them having been contracted to join with Walter Keede. None of them would take a chance of getting into trouble with the safety authorities of the state of NY.
Later, an influential members of the New York City Jewish community, including major law firms, bankers and close friends of Mayer Koch, tried their best to help. But NY fire authorities vetoed any initiative, including those coming from the NYC Mayer’s office.
Finally, fire chief, Baron of El Secondo, California, who was the sole unique American fire chief to have ever expressed an intellectual curiosity regarding the ZEC, asked Zephinie to come to California. Seven counties of fire chief’s, including the illustrious L.A. downtown fire chief, Burn, the victor of the First Interstate bank tower fire, joined chief Baron to give his moral support to Zephinie. The Red Cross chapter of California would also attest to and support the ZEC.
Predominant west coast companies such as Martin Marrieta Corp and The Signal Corp also tried, but had to give up, considering the opposition on the east coast.
It is impossible to mention all of the hundreds of good American citizens who had been very supportive, thinking that the ZEC was good stuff for America, including the great powers of Los Vegas. Not to forget that first acknowledgment goes to the Dupont of Nemours Corp for its generous and sincere commitment to help manufacture the ZEC in cooperation with the British Coultaud Ltd in 1973. They were right to think that the ZEC could have helped to make the day for many lives on the 11th of September 2001.
After surviving many extraordinaire experiences, beside the ZEC adventure, Zephinie concludes, I have decided to dedicate the rest of my time life experience to fighting for the diffusion of alternative options. I am actually building the http://freewwwcitizen.freewwwtools.org/ site, a non-profit, open project dedicated to divulging and promoting alternative thinking.
Note: 1-The unusual 33-year-old history of ZEC includes many countries and hundreds of actors, interacting, making any form of resume difficult. In fact the ZEC’s US history is long and complex, as could be the subject matter of a 16 yearlong TV series.
Note: 2-The ZEC press support references:
The collaboration of the European masse media has been an essential help in delivering news concerning the vertical Escape Chute technology. The Evacuation Vertical Zephinie (EVZ) bestowed by the French press "La chausette," the "Zephinie sock" in English, will remain the most successful and popular national PR operations in the French annals of the 70’s.
Hundreds of documents remain available in the archives of main press agencies. More than a thousand first rate media announcements including press, TV, radio have been published in 46 countries in the period between 1973-80. Newsweek and Popular Science have been particularly supportive in the USA. Eight hundred press reports were collected in the first four years of operation. TV shows were broadcasted in 47 countries several times and hundreds of local TV shows have been ran in France, Spain, Belgium, etc. A movie production used the National popularity of the ZEC. The BBC’s World of Tomorrow ran a full segment on the subject in 1978. The French Foreign Ministry has used the ZEC for years, as an example of French Technology Creativeness.
Note: 3- Hard facts about the ZEC:
3.01- The ZEC was undoubtedly the most popular invention of the 70’s in France.
1,000,000 people have tested the ZEC under French government supervision until 1987.
Actually it is estimated that over 2 million people have tested the ZEC from 2 stories up to 60 stories.
3.02- So far, the ZEC has been installed in approximately 10,000 buildings in some 20 countries. Pirates of the technology in Asia performed many installations.
The ZEC is in use in governmental properties and/or agencies of the following countries: Belgium, Cuba, France, Holland, Israel, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain and the United States (A ZEC-SE was installed in the US Embassy in Paris in 1976).
Many multinational corporations have been utilizing the ZEC for more than 10 years, including A.C.E., British Petroleum, CIBY-ERGEY, Dow Chemical, ESSO, Hoeschst, Honeywell, IBM, Nestle, etc.
3.03- Official reference: The ZEC was installed in some 30 socio-economic sectors
International patents covering the inventions are a actually of Public domain and free to use, however, the technology requires long experience of know how.
Technical information other than the general description, which is available in the http://escape-chute.freewwwtools.org/ web site, would only be available under a consulting agreement with Mr. Zephinie.
4- The New York down town public library holds many collections, including hundreds of publications regarding the hard battled local Law N.5, see also:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lerma, Edo. de Mexico,
Mexico. November 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In memory of the thousands, that could have escaped a horrific death and shall ever be "exclusively" the victims of an irresponsible failure to equip the World Trade Center towers with the only scientifically proven method of technology of mass evacuation available since 1975.
I invite the International Press to cooperate and join with me in an ethnic duty to present these proven facts to the American public, as well as to world-wide consciousness and opinion. I am able to substantiate this call, as the inventor and designer of this remarkably successful and safe evacuation technology. I wish to convey my unquestionable competence in this matter.
Please see the information at http://escape-chute.freewwwtools.org/
It is a proven fact and there is evidence that this unique type of equipment has been marketed by a major American Corporation in Europe for 25 years (see: ZEC UTC-Otis archives.htm). This should corroborate the evidence that I have been earnestly seeking to reveal to the news media and to public opinion for fair and open judgment. I wish to wake up an expected sense of ethnic values to free American journalists to finally investigate this outrageous case of secret conflict of special interests groups leading to the blackout of the only available public escape technology.
Obviously, and to my dismay, some American journalists mentally choose a more "chauvinistic" thought process in choosing to cancel the diffusion of this news. However, if the facts which have been blocked from public awareness for 25 years are not revealed, those having an interest to keep business as usual or those just ignoring scientific facts, will keep feeding the illusion that evacuating people from a death trap such as the WTC is impossible. I urgently invite engineers among the public to view the ZEC's facts.
To continue to perpetuate that this public misinformation will and can kill thousands of innocent people in the USA and elsewhere. I do, have done and will keep doing my duty until I finally find ethnically motivated American news professionals to relieve me.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ignoring that something exists, is not a scientific method of evaluation.
Lerma, Mexico, May 6, 2002. A 25 years old high-rise building evacuation technology could have saved thousands live in the Sep.11 day!
It is yet the only internationally proven and officially certified mean technologically able to works over 100 stories, with an evacuation capacity 10 times higher than stairways.
Please see at: <http://escape-chute.freewwwtools.org/>
It looks new for you? How that could be true? So, you call the local fire department… If that was true they will know it! If they ignore the cursed fact … that obviously doesn’t works, you bet!
But, this is a technology internationally endorsed and marketed since 1975 by one of the US major industrial group. Not the last Mickey Mouse’s skyscraper’s escape chute.
Please, learn the reasons why the American opinion and those supposed to know about it, yet ignore the existence of this unique technology at:
<http://escape-chute.freewwwtools.org/ and 30 pages of information on the case.
Really sorry, if the story eventually hurt your feeling as an American citizen, as it did to Zephinie, the inventor and developer of this unique technology since 1968.
The responsibility involved is to avoid an eventual recurrence of disaster resulting of the wrong and suspicious official policy of NON- EVACUATION.
The official position can be publicly challenged with the indisputable scientific evidences resulting of 25 year’s of accumulated official and certified records, including over 1 million uses in Europe. Ignoring that something exists, is not a scientific method of evaluation.
Tel: 52 728 281 1441 (better time 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. Mexico central time GMT -6)
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