The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department saved a woman who was trapped inside an elevator at the Friendship Heights Metro Station on Saturday.
The woman was reportedly 80 feet below grade in a stalled elevator. First responders descended into the shaft and managed to lift her safely with the help of ropes and a hauling mechanism.
Images from the technical rescue at the Friendship Heights Metro Station. #DCsBravest rappelled down 80 feet below grade to assist a woman from a stalled elevator. She was then lifted to safety using ropes and a hauling mechanism, and was uninjured. pic.twitter.com/eN2OB3FonA
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 30, 2020
“You have to secure an individual who doesn’t have any experience in this kind of situation, assure her of her safety, and then bring her 80 feet back up to safety. It is an involved process,” said DC Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said.