TriMet holds active shooter drill at MAX station

TriMet holds active shooter drill at MAX station »Play Video
Firefighters and medics practiced for the real thing in a shooter drill at a Portland MAX station early Monday.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Passengers ran from gunmen on a MAX train stopped at the station in Washington Park early Monday morning, but it was only a drill.

Some of the wounded got immediate attention from first responders. Others were left until it was safe to get to them.

It all looked as real as possible, and that was the idea.

TriMet received a grant from Homeland Security to organize the active shooter drill. It's a test to see how well they work with other agencies and how their plans for an emergency like this actually work.

The drill took a year-and-a-half to plan, starting with table-top practice sessions.

"We are now going to see how well have we learned from our past, and can we apply those lessons learned, and make this even better," said TriMet Safety and Security Executive Harry Saporta.

The whole scenario came to life in the late night Sunday to early morning Monday. Hundreds of police officers, firefighters, medics and volunteers joined forces.

Two police officers with blanks played the gunmen. PCC students volunteered to play the victims. Some were made up with "moulage," a make-up technique that creates realistic wounds.

"It was a bit chaotic, like a real world event would happen. It was fast, there was a lot going on," said Beaverton Police Sergeant Shawn Kramer.

The incident was over in less than an hour. The hope is that this will have provided all the agencies with more information about how they work together in one of these situations, and if there's any room for improvement.