Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Don't Be Alarmed At Emergency Personnel On Roosevelt Island Tram Wednesday October 14 - FDNY Conducting Emergency Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue Drills

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Due to a FDNY Rescue & Evacuation Practice Drill, one Tram cabin will be in operation on Wednesday, 10/14/15 from 10:30 AM- 2:30 PM. No disruption to normal service is anticipated.
WPIX TV reported on a FDNY Tram Rescue Drill last May:
... Their mission is to rescue everyone on board and get them safely to the ground below.

Back in 2006, the tram became stuck with dozens of people on board. In that case, the FDNY used a diesel-powered bucket to rescue those onboard. Since then, the tram has undergone a $25 million renovation that changed how the tram works. Therefore, these firefighters train for how to safely rescue those trapped without the use of one of those diesel buckets....
The FDNY also conducted Tram Drills in October 2014. At the time, I spoke with Chief Richard Blatus

and WCBS News reporter Chris Wragge about the Tram Rescue Drill.

More on Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue Drills here.