Raising the standard for working at height: changes to the law concerning working at height were introduced recently, requiring all firefighters using PPE at height to be trained in use of such equipment. Extensive additions to the National Access and Rescue Centre's training facilities and apparatus mean the centre is geared up to reach new heights.(Working at Height)

NEW LAWS CONCERNING ALL work at height came into force on April 2005. The Work at Height Regulations apply to all Fire Service activities and require all persons using personal protective equipment at height to have been trained in the use of such equipment.

The National Access and Rescue Centre (NARC) is a well-established provider of training to the Fire Service. NARC has recently completed extensive additions to the training facilities and training apparatus to enhance the quality and realism of training for work at height and rescue. These additions satisfy the requirements for height safety training providers in a forthcoming British Standard BS 8454.

Work at Height Regulations

The past decade has seen considerable changes in the legal and regulatory requirements placed upon fire services and rescue services working at height, with new Regulations such as the Confined Spaces Regulations in 1995, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations in 1997, and the new Fire Service Manuals, Volumes 2 and 4

The latest statute to come into force is particularly significant as it applies to all Fire Service operations. …

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