ISTANBUL, July 14, 2015 - In support of the local community, Otis Turkey organized an interactive, lift-based emergency training scenario for Search and Rescue Team Trainers of the Istanbul Fire Brigade. Otis, which operates as Buga Otis Asansör in Turkey, is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Otis is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The training, which took place at Otis Turkey’s manufacturing plant in Istanbul, was organized in cooperation with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Association of Elevator and Escalator Industrialists. As part of Otis Turkey’s corporate social responsibility program, the training helps search and rescue teams learn how to correctly and efficiently rescue people who may be entrapped in lifts during a fire.
“We are committed to supporting our community and increasing the safety awareness and skills of our governmental life savers,” said Özgür Aren, general manager, Otis Turkey. “At Otis, the safety of the public, our employees and emergency responders is a top priority. We are not only working to further enhance our already safe technologies, but we also endeavor to ensure our workers’ health and job safety practices are at the highest level possible. I believe the emergency intervention and rescue training in our lift manufacturing plants has been extremely useful for rescue teams, as they aim to perform their duties and responsibilities in the safest way possible.”
The “Emergency Scenarios and Rescue Training” featured hands-on training with a lift model as well as technical training on lift equipment with videos and presentations. The training also covered information on speed regulators, parachute systems, door systems, in addition to an interactive, mock lift rescue demonstration. The Istanbul Fire Brigade Search and Rescue Team Trainers will share this training with other fire brigade and search and rescue teams.
Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains more than 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com or follow @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter.