Elevator Rescue Operations

This Elevator Rescue 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.

On the last day of class, students will be introduced to one type of incident that rarely occurs, with regard to elevator rescue.  This would involve removal of occupant(s) from a stalled car when the car is not at or near a landing and is a significant distance from a landing.  Normally, these incidents should be left to elevator industry personnel.  These situations are rare, and require sound decision making.  Risk management and safety of the public are priority one.  On occasion, the FD will need to rescue, or assist with rescue of persons from this type of incident.  Students will be introduced to common rescue equipment and tactics employed when this type of rescue must be done.  This will include rope related rescue systems and may involve patient packaging.  This type of operation should only be done when no other options exist and elevator industry personnel are not available.  Regardless, the FD must be prepared for these incidents.

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Sam Clark

Sam has 39 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.

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Floyd Wise

Floyd is a Battalion Chief with the Harrisburg Bureau Of Fire. He began his fire service career as a volunteer with York Township Fire Department, York County Pennsylvania, in 1993.

He was hired by the City of Harrisburg in the spring of 2000. Chief Wise served in varying capacities in the truck companies of the fire department, honing foundation skills while mentoring in an aggressive small urban department.  He serves as the manager of Harrisburg Rescue 1 believing that even a small city can provide multiple high end services to the public.

Currently he serves as a certified fire instructor for two of the community college systems in the State of Pennsylvania as well as an Adjunct instructor with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy educating throughout the state on various topics. He has also been extended the opportunity to work as a new adjunct with Traditions Training in some of the above listed topics.



John Fogg

John is a career captain/company officer of the New Cumberland Army Depot Rescue 69. He’s been a career fireman since 2004 and a volunteer since 1998, currently serving as the Chief of Department for the Colonial Park Fire Company. Rescue 69 responds for technical rescues and hazardous materials incidents in a large portion of south central PA.

John specializes in instructing technical rescue training including ropes, trench, confined space, and collapse as well as basic fire training utilizing acquired structures and live fire to teach fire behavior and basic firefighting skills in the most realistic of environments - real buildings on fire.