Elevator Training and CEVO 4 Fire
By Lieutenant Adam Riddle
November 6, 2023

This past weekend, AAFD members conducted several training events. Captain Mellinger, as an instructor, utilized Rescue 42 to conduct CEVO 4 Fire to Ross/West View EMS in preparation for their new Rescue 40, which is almost twin to Rescue 42, to be delivered. CEVO 4 Fire is a training course that prepares first responders to operate emergency commercial vehicles with classroom lecture and hands-on skills. During this training, the students also responded to two separate incidents; an MVC rollover and a 90 Box with smoke in a storefront unit of a strip mall.

In addition, AAFD also hosted Clark Fire & Safety Training LLC to educate brigade members, with some Ross/West View EMS personnel in attendance as well, in accordance with ASME A17.4, a guide for emergency personnel in basic elevator rescue. Topics that were covered were Lock-Out Tag-Out, opening hoistway doors, fire service controls, risk management with various car presentations, opening inner car doors, and defeating car door restrictors. Due to the jurisdiction and the possibility of being presented with different styles of elevators, the training looked at 3 different drive systems, including cable traction, MRL, and hydraulic.

Special thank you to Penn Mar Plaza and Adams Township for allowing use of their elevators. Also, to DiBella's Subs and Back Home BBQ for providing lunch on both days.

We would also like to thank the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company for the use of their training grounds for the CEVO 4 Fire skills. It's a great example of our public safety families working together across all fields and specialties to continually improve on our abilities for the safety and protection of our communities and citizens.