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Control measure

Move the lift car to a place of safety

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Specialist advice

Understand:

  • The need for specialist advice if dealing with an unfamiliar type of lift
  • The sources of information about lifts
  • Who may hold lift keys
  • That it may be necessary for personnel to wait for the arrival of a lift engineer before attempting a rescue

Temporary lifts

Understand:

  • The purpose and operation of temporary lifts
  • The sources of information about temporary lifts

Information gathering

Understand:

  • The need to gather information about the number of people in the lift car, any health conditions and levels of distress

Hierarchy of actions

Understand:

  • What actions should be considered and taken to achieve moving the lift to a safe position

Extrication of people from a lift car

Understand:

  • When the fire and rescue service may have to extricate people from a lift car
  • What equipment can be used to extricate people from a lift car
  • The instructions that should be given to the people in the lift car before the doors are opened

Safety devices

Understand:

  • The purpose of safety devices
  • The risks associated with working on the lift system when safety devices have activated

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Identify the location of the lift car and make contact with people inside it

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish the location of the lift car

Request the assistance of the responsible person, lift engineer or lift manufacturer if required

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine if personnel are familiar with the type of lift or need further details
  • Request details about the lift, or lift keys, from:
    • The responsible person
    • A lift engineer
    • The lift manufacturer

Determine the best way to lower or raise the lift car to within 30cm of a landing level and to engage the brakes

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider the available personnel and equipment available
  • Develop a tactical plan to move the lift car

Deploy two firefighters to the machine room, with communications and keys or entry codes if required

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately brief and deploy two firefighters to access the machine room
  • Ensure there is a means of communication in place

Follow the instructions and use equipment that is contained in the machine room to move the lift car

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure the instructions and equipment provided in the machine room are used appropriately

Use alternative equipment if required, obtained from the responsible person, another building or that of a fire and rescue service

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider sourcing alternative equipment if required from:
    • The responsible person
    • Another building
    • Fire and rescue service resources

Instruct the people in the lift car to stay away from the doors while the lift is opened

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide people in the lift car with instructions to stay away from the doors while they are opened

When safe to do so, initiate the controlled exit or assisted rescue of the people from the lift car

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure people exit the lift in a controlled manner
  • Provide an assisted rescue of people from the lift if required