Installing a Fire Fighting Lift

Fire Fighting Lift

Fires are always a life-threatening hazard, but when they take hold in multi-storey buildings, or structures that have deep basements, the threat is intensified. A fire fighting lift is designed to offer residents, or employees working in such buildings, additional protection should fire break out. It is used by firefighters to access every floor of the building, with their equipment.


Do you require a Fire Fighting Lift? Call the Tower Lifts lift team today on 01525 601099 for more information.


How Does a Fire Fighting Lift Work?

Standard passenger lifts are designed to stop operating once the fire alarm is triggered. Typically they will return to ground level and the control panel will cease to function. This is to safeguard against passenger use in hazardous conditions. Firefighter lifts operate in normal conditions as a passenger lift, but will switch to their function as a firefighter lift in case of a blaze.

The firefighter lift is installed according to fire fighting lift regulations (BS EN 81 72). This should not be confused with an evacuation lift which is managed by a designated warden and is used to evacuate building residents unable to use the stairs, in the first instance. A fire evacuation lifts is subject to a separate set of regulations (BS EN 81 76). There are lifts that combine the two functions.

Features of a Fire Fighting Lift

A fire fighting lift will switch automatically in the case of a fire, from its function as a passenger to lift, to become a resource used by firefighters.

As such it is fitted with a range of features that wouldn’t normally be found in a passenger lift:

  • Emergency Operation. In the case of fire, firefighters should be able to take full control of the cabin and lift operations.
  • Emergency Intercom. This will be used to communicate with any of the landings in the building throughout the firefighting operation.
  • Trap Door and Ladders. Should firefighters become trapped in the cabin, there has to be a way to rescue them by external means.
  • Protection Against Water Ingress. There is always the risk that water from the firefighting operation will enter the lift well. For this reason, electrical components in the lift shaft and on the cabin are protected against water.
  • Separate Power Supply. This is part of the building design, but is essential to a fire fighter lift. Should the main power supply go down, an alternative will be needed to maintain lift operation.

Tower Lifts are a Firefighter Lift Company

For over a decade, the Tower Lifts design and installation team have been working with building owners and managers to ensure the safety of residents in the case of a fire. A fire fighting lift is now a requirement in housing that has floors either 18 meters above, or 10 meters below the fire service vehicle access level.

As a firefighter lift company, we have skilled and experienced firefighter lift engineers who can install a state-of-the-art passenger/firefighter lifts from scratch. Alternatively, they can adapt an existing passenger lift for use as a fire fighter lift. Perhaps the most important work they do, however, is the upgrading, refurbishing and maintenance of fire fighter lifts that were installed prior to the latest update of the regulations in 2015.


If you’re installing a fire fighting lift, call Tower Lifts today on 01525 601099. We have a second-to-none reputation for skilled and experienced lift design and installation.


Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:

Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lifts