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Search and rescue team trains for rescue from limo hanging from bridge.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Firefighters Grant Kimble and Tyson Guillory rappel down the Gresham Fire Department's training tower to get to the simulated occupants of a limousine below. The training exercise took place Friday at the department's training facility on Northeast Halsey Street. Gresham Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team took advantage of a sunny Thursday morning, May 4, to conduct a training exercise to prepare firefighters for rescuing someone whose car goes over the side of a bridge or overpass.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham firefighters Grant Kimble and Tyson Guillory take part in an urban search-and-rescue exercise on Friday, May 5, involving a limousine that went over a simulated cliff, necessitating a rescue effort.

Following a setup created by the team, the crew had to rescue a dummy from a limousine suspended upside down from a tower at the training facility at the intersection of Northeast 192nd Avenue and Halsey Street. A two-man team rappelled from the top of the tower, cut the roof off the vehicle and extracted the dummy.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Firefighter Tyson Guillory rappels down the face of the Gresham Fire Department's training tower Friday during a simulated urban search and rescue exercise.

While they worked, other members of the team observed to make sure everything went smoothly and provide advice.

"We train every month on different problems we could face in the field," said Capt. Josh Butler. "This is the first time we have done this alignment, and it's definitely testing our thinking skills."

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Firefighter Grant Kimble descends on a line to a simulated crashed limousine below.

The Urban Search and Rescue Team deals with a variety of missions, including rope rescues, heavy vehicle extraction, trench rescues and building collapses.