Elevator Recall System

Description and Purpose

Elevator Recall Systems allow fire alarm systems to send an elevator car to a selected floor based on the triggering of a smoke detector within a fire alarm system. In addition, the recall system may also include a heat detector at the top of the elevator shaft, pull stations at each elevator lobby, and other triggering devices. In the elevator control room, system relay modules trigger elevator control connection inputs to direct the elevator car to the specified floor. The relay modules trigger when the fire alarm system activates.

The maximum number of elevators or floors that the system can operate depends on the control panel you choose.

Different elevators can be directed to different floors depending on the device that is activated.

In addition to recalling the elevator, the system can release fire barrier door holders, allowing them to close until the all-clear signal is given.

Figure 1: Elevator Recall Control

Connections and Considerations

The table below refers to the drawing in Figure 1. If you are using this document on line, click the model number in the table below to see more information.


Model No.


Mounting Options




Relay: Addressable with zone input


I/O Module



Smoke Detector




System Sensor

Heat Detector


Requires 4193SN



Manual Pull Station


Requires 4193SN



V-Plex™ Data Bus


Connects to addressable devices, zone input devices and relay modules.



2-wire, 18 AWG, Fire rated, Non-shielded

Use Genesis 1118 for Non-Fire Applications

This part number is an example. See your building and electrical codes for actual jacketing requirements.















Solving Recall Control Issues

In the event of a fire alarm, building codes may require that the elevator car be automatically sent and held at a particular floor. The system integrates with elevator controls to recall the elevator car to the specified floor in the event of an alarm

Elevator recall must occur at the instant a fire alarm sounds, delivering existing passengers to the evacuation point and blocking access to elevator functions until the all clear signal is given. The system responds quickly to fire alarms or other critical events in the safest manner.

In addition to recalling the elevator, building codes may require that fire barrier doors be released to block entry into the elevator. The system can release door holders so they can automatically close.

Placing the elevator back into service after an alarm has been reset must be performed quickly to clear slowed traffic. The system instantly restores service as soon as the fire alarm resets.


Your design may impact cabling between the control room and the car: Your application may require installing devices or connecting to devices located inside of the car. This may require use of conductors within, or replacement of the traveling elevator control cable. Contact the elevator manufacturer or service company to coordinate connections to devices located inside of the car.