PORTLAND -- TriMet staged a realistic emergency drill early Monday morning to ensure police and other first responders are ready in case of a shooting on a Portland MAX line.
Emergency crews and officials spent months planning the drill and more than 170 people worked to make it happen.
The unique aspect of this drill: It took place above ground and in the underground tunnels at the Washington Park MAX station.
TriMet safety director Harry Saporta said the drill was a very graphic depiction of a violent scenario, meant to simulate what police, firefighters and others would actually see after a deadly mass shooting.
“The reason we do drills is because we have procedures we want to test. We always want to improve upon that,” Saporta said. “We want to make the system as safe as possible for everyone, for our customers, our employees and our regional partners.”
The massive drill was paid for with the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.