OHSU tram rescue drill

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by Randy Neves, KGW staff

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Posted on October 25, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 25 at 11:13 AM

PORTLAND -- Crews from the Portland Fire Bureau conducted their annual rescue drill on the OHSU tram.

During the rope drill, volunteers pretended to be stranded passengers. The exercise was designed to prepare tram operators and rescuers for a total system failure. The worst-case scenario is very possible during severe weather or a prolonged power outage, said Lt. Rich Tyler of Portland Fire & Rescue.

Tyler said a tram rope rescue from suspended car to the ground is the most dangerous for the bureau.

The drill Sunday lasted several hours.

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