New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Hands-On Training

Elevator Emergencies Lecture and Hands-On Training
Presented by the Suffolk County Fire Academy

In conjunction with the 2023 Long Island Metro Fire/EMS Expo
Hosted by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and Islip Town Fire/EMS Museum Educational Center

Saturday, February 4, 2023 @ Nassau Coliseum
Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session B: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. CANCELED

$125 per person (includes one ticket for entry to the Long Island Metro Fire/EMS Expo)
No course prerequisites. No PPE required. Maximum 40 students per session.
Deadline extended to January 30! On-site registration will be accepted if space permits.

PDF Hands-On Training Registration Form

Online Registration
Creation of an online account will be required for online registration. Available to single registrants only. Those registering groups must use the PDF form. Open to NYSAFC members and non-members. Deadline extended to January 30! On-site registration will be accepted if space permits.
Course Details:
Elevators are no longer exclusive to commercial occupancies. Throughout our response areas, firefighters are seeing more residential buildings being constructed with the inclusion of elevators. This is especially true in the assisted and senior living communities that can be found in most districts. Elevators have even been reported in private dwellings, both large and small. As all-hazard agencies, fire departments have been and will continue to be called to address emergencies involving occupants trapped in or around elevators. During this lecture, an elevator professional will take students through the construction and inner workings of the types of elevators that may be encountered, focusing on the safety of emergency responders and those occupants who may be trapped. Following the discussion, instructors from the Suffolk County Fire Academy will outline strategy and tactics to address elevator emergencies and bring them to a successful conclusion. During the hands-on component of the course, students will use elevator door props and have the opportunity to work with simulated elevator hoistway and car doors.
Lecturer Chris Gutkes, president of Island Elevator, is a fourth-generation elevator professional with over 20 years of experience in all facets of the contractor side of the industry. After serving four years active duty with the U.S. Army, he joined ThyssenKrupp Elevator as an apprentice. Gutkes completed the NEIEP training program in 2005 and has been formally training apprentices as a CET-S since 2014. He is a QEI certified elevator inspector, NAEC CET-S, and NYS DOL licensed elevator mechanic and elevator inspector. The Suffolk County Fire Academy is the exclusive fire and emergency training facility in Suffolk County, NY. Personnel from the 109 volunteer fire departments within the county, along with other private and public emergency response agencies, attend classes, courses, and field drills at the academy amounting to over 11,000 students trained annually. The staff includes approximately 80 per diem instructors and support personnel. The academy’s instructors are among the most experienced and qualified in the country, boasting hundreds of years of combined service in volunteer and career fire and emergency service response organizations