I have a bit of a dilemma. We have a new building in our town that has an elevator. Only a three story structure but it was built to be ADA compliant so it had to have an elevator. The owners of the building have requested that the Elevator Company provide training to the fire department on the normal and emergency operation of the elevator as well as what steps and procedures need to be followed to perform and elevator rescue in the event the car becomes stuck between floors, doors stuck, etc…
Here is the strange part… The Company that sold and installed the elevator is refusing to provide the training on the grounds that elevator rescue is too dangerous without a technician from the elevator on-site to supervise/conduct the rescue. It could be as long as an hour for them to respond. Does that sound correct to anyone or does it seem a bit strange?
Now I know elevator rescue is a fairly specialized set of skills and proper training is absolutely necessary to insure the rescue is done as safely as possible. But like most things we do in the fire service there is generally some amount of risk involved. That is why we train and then train some more.
Am I wrong to think that with the proper training that elevator rescue can be done safely and correctly by the same people who go into burning buildings, extricate people from mangled automobiles, respond to and mitigate Haz-Mat incidents?
Since I have only a very limited amount of experience in elevator rescue I would welcome some insight into this from someone who knows, or could explain the rationale behind not wanting to provide the requested training.
Thanks for any info