Newnan Fire Department Completes Elevator Training

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 3:44pm
By: The Citizen

The Newnan Fire Department has completed their elevator training. Safety is at the core of the Society’s code for elevators and escalators, appearing right in the title – ASME 17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. A17.1 covers all aspects of mechanical and electrical design and includes rules for installation and operation.

“The training was very helpful and a great asset to the firefighters. With more buildings going in Newnan that may be three floors tall, this helps our team be ready for anything should the time come, said City of Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley.

More than 5,000 copies of A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators are distributed in each 3-year cycle of the revised and updated code. More than 365 engineers and other professionals volunteer their time and resources on the various committees of A17.1 to ensure that the code reflects the latest in elevator and escalator technology.

In the United States and Canada, 660,000 elevators and 33,000 escalators move approximately 570 million people each day. In most U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions, passenger elevators are required in public safety regulations to conform to ASME A17.1.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the global engineering and technology community. For more information please go to

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