Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Watch FDNY Train For Rescuing Roosevelt Island Tram Passengers From Catastrophic Failure And Getting Riders Back To Ground

The NY Fire Department conducted Roosevelt Island Tram rescue drills Wednesday April 29. The FDNY trained to rescue Tram Passengers in the event of a total power failure.

According to PIX 11 News, the FDNY trained:
... for a catastrophic failure of the Roosevelt Island Tram Car that would stall the car in place, dangling high in the air. 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 last October 15. At the time, I spoke with Chief Richard Blatus

and WCBS News reporter Chris Wragge.

More Roosevelt Island Tram rescue drills here.