Saturday, July 15, 2017

Firefighters Rescue Workers Trapped on the Side of a High-rise Building (Photo)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2017 12:18 PM
Downloadable file: Rescue Setup 2
Downloadable file: Rescue Setup 1
Downloadable file: View from ground 2
Downloadable file: View from ground 1
This morning at 9:11 AM Portland Firefighters were called to 1 SW Columbia. Reports indicated that workers were trapped on the side of the 263' tall building. Fire crews arrived and confirmed that two people were trapped on scaffolding that was hanging approximately 15' down from the top. The scaffolding motor malfunctioned and the workers were unable to move up or down.

PF&R's Technical Rescue Team set up a rescue system using ropes and pulley's and then lowered firefighters to the trapped men. The rescuers placed harnesses onto the workers and then pulled them back up onto the roof using the ropes. The men were uninjured and no responders were injured during this rescue. The rescue took approximately 45 minutes.

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