The space-saving design must meet vital criteria for use as firefighter and emergency-evacuation elevators.

by TAK Mathews

The requirement for firefighter elevators has been recognized for many decades. Most countries have adopted norms. These elevators were clearly understood to be for the firefighters to use during a fire. The rule “do not use elevator in case of fire” remained. During the horrific events of 9/11, more than 3,000 people were recorded to have ignored the rule and managed to escape. Naturally, post-9/11, the requirement of elevators to also assist in evacuations became a discussion topic and found its way into elevator and building design code books.