We are fairly familiar with the elevators in our jurisdiction and today my Ladder company found something a little unusual.
All of the hydraulic elevator rooms I have ever seen have been either on the 1st floor near the shaft or in the basement near the shaft. This is also what I have been taught by tradesman and experienced firemen. Top floor or roof mounted elevator rooms have been for cable elevators. Today we found a roof mounted hydraulic passenger elevator control room on the roof of a 3 story commercial building when we could not locate the elevator room on the 1st floor or basement/parking garage.
This is also a rare manufacturer in this region. It is a "GMV" out of Italy. Ontario, Canada is the only North American importer for this elevator and equipment/parts. The manual hydraulic dump valve in the control room was unique as well and it included shutting off a ball valve after the dump valve had been activated to lower the elevator to the desired floor. I believe it's a hydraulic safety of some sort. I'm curious if anyone else has seen this type/manufacturer of elevators in their area before and any experiences with training or incidents involving them. It wasn't earth shattering that's for sure, just a little interesting.
FYI - This elevator was in the city of Mill Creek, within Snohomish County, Washington.
Ladder co. 72
Snohomish County, WA