Fireman Lift Requirements

What happens in the event of a fire in a multi-storey building is currently a cause of great concern in the UK. This includes the use of the lift in such circumstances. A normal passenger lift cannot be used in this kind of an emergency. In order to prevent passengers seeking an exit via the lift, the British Standard EN 81-73:2016 states that once the fire alarm sounds, passenger lifts should return to the ground floor and close down.

A fireman lift operates under different regulations (EN 81-72: 2015). This is a lift which is designed to facilitate access for fire fighters to designated floors of the building. It does not shut down when the alarm sounds, therefore, but control of the lift is passed to the fire service. Thereafter a fireman lift will be used for:

  • Transporting fire fighters and their equipment
  • Fire fighting
  • Evacuation of vulnerable and injured people (optional)


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Fireman Lift Design

A fire fighting lift is designed according to regulations which ensure that it’s fit for purpose, whilst also operating, under normal conditions, as a passenger lift.

The differentiating features include:

  • Size & Dimensions. Dependent on whether or not the lift will be used for evacuation, there are minimum dimensions for the interior, and for the opening entrance width.
  • Load. The minimum rated load is 630kg, unless the lift is used for evacuation in which case the minimum rated load is 1000kg.
  • Lift Speed. The lift must be capable of reaching the top floor within 60 seconds (up to 200m)
  • Protection Against Water Ingress. All the electrical equipment within the lift needs to be protected against water ingress.
  • Fire Fighting Equipment. A fireman lift will be fitted with a trap door in the cabin roof, and ladders which can be used to escape.
  • Control Panel. There should be communication between the cabin and FSAL (Fire Service Access Level).
  • Energy Supply. A fireman lift must have a guaranteed source of energy in the case of a fire. This would normally be supplied by a backup generator.

Building Design for Fire Fighter Lifts

Fireman lift requirements cover both the lift design, and the building design which forms its context. A fire fighting lift must be located in a lift shaft, and each of the lift entrances must be fully fire protected using both passive and active fire protection. There is no specific requirement that a fireman lift serve all the floors of a building; this decision is dependent on the fire strategy for the structure as a whole.

Maintenance for a Fireman Lift

It goes without saying that a fire fighting lift needs to be regularly serviced and maintained. The checks will cover every component and tests will be carried out as part of the fire alarm and evacuation procedures. Where the regulations are updated, fire fighting lifts have to be updated to remain compliant.

Tower Lifts Designs and Installs Fireman Lifts

Over the past two decades Tower Lifts design and installation team has worked with clients across the country to make high rise residential and work spaces safer. Our lifts are fully compliant with the latest European regulations, and we regularly work as consultants on the installation of fire fighting lifts in new buildings.


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