Elevator Operations

This Elevator Class is designed to be comprehensive.  It works from a perspective of the firefighter being new to the subject, and will provide knowledge and skills to handle day-to-day stalled elevator calls.  Primary focus is for students to receive basic Awareness and Operations level knowledge and skill sets. This will enable them to safely and competently operate at elevator rescue related incidents.  The intent of ASME A17.4 is conveyed.  Risk management is a constant goal.  The safety of the public we serve, along with all persons involved in the rescue, is the top priority.

 Awareness portion topics will include drive systems, all common elevator components, related codes/standards, terminology, hazard recognition and pre-planning for incidents.

The Operations portion of the class will include the topics of elevator keys/key use, use of Firefighter’s Emergency Service controls, both Phase I and Phase II,  a review of updates with regard to these controls, suggested practices for handling stalled elevators, decision making, power control, new technology, opening car doors, hoist-way doors, and top emergency exits. Additionally, the topic of elevator use during structural firefighting and medical calls is covered.

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Sam Clark

Sam has 40 years’ experience in the fire service with both career and volunteer departments.

He served in the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire from 1986 through 2012, serving as firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief.  

Additionally, he served on PA TF-1 from 1999 through 2011.

As an instructor, he has a passion for passing on street smarts and common sense.  He has specialized in elevator rescue training since 2000.

He currently works at Fort Indiantown Gap Fire & Emergency Services, a military training post in pa, serving as one of the assistant chiefs.