Annual Portland Aerial Tram Evacuation Training to Take Place This Weekend

10/22/10  Portland, Ore.

WHAT:     Representatives from Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Fire & Rescue, and Doppelmayr CTEC, operators of the Portland Aerial Tram, will conduct annual tram evacuation training on Sunday morning.

The training allows rescue crews to practice an aerial rescue of tram passengers in the event the tram is stopped for an extended period time with passengers on board. If you are contacted by members of the public with questions about the training, please inform them that this is a scheduled training exercise and not a real emergency.

    9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 24 - The exercise should be completed by 2 p.m.
WHERE:    The training will take place above the OHSU Casey Eye Institute parking garage. At that location a small number of exercise participants will be evacuated from the tram and lowered via ropes and harnesses down to the top of the parking structure. While local news crews are welcome to cover the training, we ask that you do so from the ground and refrain from entering the Casey Eye Institute parking lot so as not to interfere with the exercise.

DETAILS:    This weekend’s training is an annual exercise completed by OHSU, Portland Fire & Rescue, and Doppelmayr CTEC. The Portland Aerial Tram is closed on Sundays during the fall and winter. As a result, the training exercise will not interfere with regular operation of the tram.  For more information about the tram including hours of operation, visit

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