Recent Developments in High-Rise Building Evacuation

May 2010 – “Recent Developments in High-Rise Building Evacuation”

A panel of speakers provided an overview of the latest developments in high-rise building safety and security.  Lieutenant Commander David Kelly of the NYPD Counter-terrorism Division provided an overview of security requirements and practices detailed in the NYPD’s recently-published guidance manual for building designers, owners and managers. Jack Murphy, Adjunct Faculty member and representative of the Fire Safety Director’s Association of Greater New York, spoke on new technologies and approaches for development and retrieval of critical building information for emergency responders.  Prof. Norman Groner discussed use of elevators in evacuating high-rise buildings, and his experience working with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to develop policy for use of elevators during emergencies.

Panelists“Use of Elevators for High-Rise Evacuation”

  • Norman Groner, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Protection Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers committee on Use of Elevators for Evacuation

“New Code Provisions, Local Legislative Update, and New Technologies to Assist in Planning and Incident Response.”

  • Jack Murphy, Consultant and Representative, Fire Safety Directors Association of New York
  • Charles Jennings, PhD, Director, Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, Moderator

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