Fire-fighting & evacuation lifts

Lifts that you can truly rely on.

Bridge Lifts are able to supply and install a range of emergency lifts and can even upgrade existing lifts into emergency lifts if required.

One question we get a lot is: Can lifts be used in the event of a fire and for evacuation? Most often than not lifts are not used in the event of a fire. The majority of lifts will go to ground level and shut down in the event of an alarm (in accordance with British Standard EN81-73: 2020; Behaviour of lifts in the event of a fire).
However, there is a range of passenger lifts that can aid the fire and rescue service and emergency evacuation in the event of an emergency.


What’s the difference between fire-fighting & evacuation lifts?


Our emergency lifts comply to fire fighting lift regulations (BS EN81-72: 2020) and help emergency services and firefighters access all areas. Our evacuation lifts also ensure passengers can use the lift as a means of escape in an emergency. Our lifts operate as normal passenger lifts but have the capability to switch into an emergency state if required.

What is a firefighters lift?

Helps comply with: BS EN81-72:2020 Safety rules for the construction & installation of lifts – Firefighters lifts

Description: Exclusive use of a passenger lift by the fire service to carry firefighters and their equipment to the required floors in the event of a fire.


  • Interface between the lift control, fire detection and alarm system
  • Trap doors and ladders for rescue operations
  • Electrical components in the shaft and on the car are protected against water
  • Emergency intercom system and lift operation
  • Separate power supply (supplied by builder) to enable the lift to remain in use

Lift size:
Typically 8 or 13 person passenger lifts

What is an evacuation lift?

Helps comply with: BS9999 and BS9991 that may include the lift as part of an evacuation strategy.

Description: Enables the use of a passenger lift by a designated warden in an evacuation strategy to evacuate those less ambulant.


  • Interface between the lift control system, fire detection and alarm system to support the evacuation management strategy
  • Emergency intercom system and lift operation
  • Separate power supply to the lift (supplied by builder) to enable the lift to remain in use throughout the evacuation process
  • Post handover, additional procedures by the owner are put in place and trained staff must be designated to manage the use of the lift

Lift size:
Available from 8 person and up

We have a fantastic range of qualified engineers installing fire-fighting and evacuation lifts across the Midlands, helping our clients provide the right solution for their needs. Whilst the lift shaft and car size will remain the same as our passenger lifts, everyone can be uniquely configured and engineered to become an emergency lift. Get in touch with Bridge Lifts today for more information.


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