21ST CENTURY HIGH-RISE TRAINING SERIES To meet the demand for an ever-more efficient and cost-effective elevator system for high-rise buildings, manufacturers have developed a new concept that can eliminate the need for roof elevator penthouses. Doing so saves building owners an average of...
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Technology advancements are unquestionably outpacing the fire service's ability to keep up with it all. Tour your buildings as much as possible and ask questions about "new-age" systems that may have been installed. The public expects you to stay on top of these changes, yet education in bridging the communication gap between the private sector and the fire service is just not taking place, except in articles like this one. As building system technology continues to evolve, firefighters must remain constantly vigilant to these changes that will impact their operations on a particular incident. Ideally, the situation would never occur where fire crews are caught unaware regarding new technology in the middle of a working incident and not know what to do in managing it. Be aware, be knowledgeable and be safe.
Many thanks to Otis Elevator Co. and its highly knowledgeable technical personnel for their assistance with this article.
CURTIS S.D. MASSEY is president of Massey Enterprises Inc., the world's leading disaster-planning firm. Massey Disaster/Pre-Fire Plans protect the vast majority of the tallest and highest-profile buildings in North America. He also teaches an advanced course on High-Rise Fire Department Emergency Operations to major city fire departments throughout the U.S. and Canada. Massey also regularly writes articles regarding "new-age" technology that impacts firefighter safety.