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January SFPE Charlotte Meeting

  • 07 Jan 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Dilworth Neighborhood Grille


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Using Elevators for Emergency Occupant Fire-Evacuation in High-Rise Buildings - “O.E.O. (Occupant Evacuation Operation) Elevators”

The Legacy Union Tower-One/”Project Riverboat” project on the old Charlotte Observer site will have a reduced number of exit-stairwells and use elevators for emergency fire-evacuation, one of the first in the nation, and the first on the east coast.

Evacuation methods are changing and the model codes have been updated to permit the elevator to be used for fire-evacuation. This presentation will discuss Occupant Evacuation Operation, and technical and physical requirements. A review of the code requirements and sequences is covered along with potential challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of Occupant Evacuation Operation requirements
  • Identify the difference between Phase 1 Elevator recall and Occupant Evacuation Operation
  • Identify the code changes for evacuation purposes
  • Understand technology requirements
  • Terms and definitions
  • Traditional elevator recall
  • History
  • Codes and standards
  • Benefits and safety
  • Technical applications
  • Project execution / vendor selection


  • Dan Finnegan / Siemens
    • Manager of Industry Affairs for Siemens Building Technologies.
    • 40 years in fire protection and life safety profession. First 10 years in fire service as paramedic and Director of Fire Prevention Bureau in Chicago suburbs, and 30 years with Siemens Fire (Pyrotronics-Cerberus Pyrotronics).
    • Degree in Fire Protection Technologies and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) by NFPA.
    • Involved in Code Development within the NFPA and ICC for fire and life safety; leadership positions on key fire and life safety organizations
    • Industry involvement  
      • NFPA Technical Committees 72, 76, 99,130 and 101/5000
      • IAFC-(International Assoc of Fire Chiefs) Board of Dir Fire/ Life Safety
      • NEMA 3SB, Chair and vice chair on various committees
      • SFPE- (Society of Fire Protection Engineers) Corporate 100 member
      • AFAA- (Automatic Fire Alarm Assoc) Board of Directors
      • U.L.- Activity in STP-Standards Technical Panels
  • Drew Frantilla / Schindler Elevator
    • Lead Project Manager with an Army background as a Logistics Officer.  Having run a number of High Rise projects in Chicago, Drew is running the first OEO project on the East Coast of the US at the Legacy Union tower.
  • Eric Burket / Schindler Elevator
Eric has been in the elevator industry for over 21 years and has worked in all areas of the business.  He spent 5 years in construction management in NYC before joining the Schindler sales team here in Charlotte. 

05 SFPE Charlotte Chapter - Jan Meeting.pdf

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