Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

NEWS RELEASE 03/09/11: Portland Firefighters Rescue Workers Stranded 80' in the Air



March 9, 2011

11:06 AM

At 8:35 am, Portland firefighters responded to reports of two individuals trapped inside a crane elevator 80' in the air at Terminal Six located at 7201 N. Marine Drive. Firefighters from North Portland's Station 22 arrived shortly after being dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed that two workers had become trapped in the gantry crane's elevator. This crane is designed to transport cargo containers from ship to shore. Firefighters extended the aerial ladder on Truck 22 up to reach the stranded workers.


"Firefighters climbed the ladder and assisted each individual down to safety," said Portland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tom Williams. "The crane was 150 feet tall and our fire truck ladders only extend 100 feet. Fortunately, we were able to reach the workers at the 80 foot mark, making this rescue less complicated than it could have been."

Due to current weather conditions, winds on the Columbia River have been gusting around 40 mph. Firefighters determined that these sustained high winds loosened an electrical wire, which shorted out the elevator and caused it to malfunction. The workers were stranded for approximately 30 minutes while the rescue took place and remarked to rescuers that they felt the crane being blown around prior to the incident. Both workers were unharmed.

Portland Fire & Rescue is equipped with nine ladder trucks, which are strategically located throughout the City of Portland, and a High Angle Rope Rescue Team to assist with these types of rescues. 


 Portland Fire & Rescue

 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 March 9, 2011


Follow Portland Fire & Rescue on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube


Add a Comment


Sneha Sahu

April 18, 2016 at 2:32 AM

For Reliable Packers and Movers Hyderabad visit
For Authentic Packers and Movers Pune visit
For Definitive Packers and Movers Bangalore visit


Sneha Sahu

April 18, 2016 at 2:34 AM

For Valid Packers and Movers Mumbai visit
For Genuine Packers and Movers Delhi visit
For Faithful Packers and Movers Gurgaon visit


Sneha Sahu

April 18, 2016 at 2:35 AM

For Trustworthy Packers and Movers Noida visit
For Loyal Packers and Movers Chennai visit
For Principled Packers and Movers Thane visit
For Staunch Packers and Movers Navi Mumbai visit
For Best Packers and Movers visit


Sneha Sahu

April 18, 2016 at 2:36 AM

Packers and Movers Hyderabad @
Packers and Movers Bangalore @
Packers and Movers Pune @
Packers and Movers Delhi @
Packers and Movers Mumbai @
Packers and Movers Gurgaon @

Please review our Code of Conduct rules before posting a comment to this site.
Report Abuse (Please include the specific topic and comment for the fastest response/resolution.)

Post a Comment
E-mail (visible to admins only)
 Remember Info Yes   No
Spam Prevention In the Pacific Northwest, what state is Portland in?