Issue 4 and Volume 142.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Clarification on “Elevator Use” The following remarks concern the article entitled “Elevator Use” by Elmer F. Chapman that appeared in the November 1988 isssue of Fire Engineering. They are made in an effort to clarify— not confuse—the issue of elevator use in high-rise buildings. These comments are the consensus of Assistant Chief Bob Ramirez, Los Angeles City Fire Department, and Chief Jack Bennett, Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Both of us have had actual experience in high-rise fires and are currently teaching highrise operations for the state fire academy. The use of elevators in high-rise buildings requires a comprehensive knowledge of each elevator system (there are many) as the first criteria. The only way this can be accomplished is for the firefighters, officers, and chiefs to study the elevator systems and their operation and then actually get into the buildings and use the elevators in the…

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