Crews vie for best time in fire truck-pulling fundraiser challenge in downtown Troutdale

Teams took turns pulling a 33,000-pound fire truck 50 feet down the Historic Columbia River Highway in downtown Troutdale last Saturday, June 23.

The 14 teams of 12 truck-pullers (with up to three alternates) competed for the best time during the second-annual Muscle Hustle, a competitive fundraiser for the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP). The teams paid $600 for the opportunity to compete. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - The Corbett Fire Department team pulls a 33,000-pound fire truck during the second-annual Trauma Intervention Programs Muscle Hustle on Saturday, June 23. Teams paid $600 to compete for best time.

TIP is a group that sends trained volunteers to emergency situations to provide resources and support to victims and family members.

TIP volunteers are called to scenes by emergency responders in the counties of Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark County, Washington, said Dennis Toomey, community relations manager, so emergency services personal can investigate while TIP volunteers console impacted family members.

When asked why citizens take on this emotionally taxing work, Toomey responded, "probably because someone has to. We're helping people in the worst moments of their lives." OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Sam Ionesi pulls as anchor during the second Trauma Intervention Programs Muscle Hustle in the Corbett Fire Department teams first attempt.

Sam Ionesi, a Portland police officer, has used TIP volunteers to respond to a couple of his calls.

"I really believe in (TIP's) cause," Ionesi said.

Ionesi also volunteers as a Corbett firefighter, and he anchored the Corbett Fire Department's truck-pulling team on Saturday.

Eloise Hoatlin, a trainer in the Bleeding Hearts Kettleball Club, also competed in the event with the gym's team. "That was really intense," Hoatlin said moments after the team's first pull. "We're super excited to be here representing."

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OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - The Bleeding Hearts Kettleball Club team competes in the first round of the Muscle Hustle firetruck pull on Saturday, June 23.

The winning teams

The Gresham Police Department team won the competition with a time of 13 minutes, 68 seconds; Second Place went to Lovett Services with 14.46, and going home with the bronze was Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Fire's team with 14.93.

The truck-pulling competition consisted of four rounds:

All 14 teams competed in the first round; the top 10 teams from that round moved on to the second; the top five moved onto the third, and the final round was composed of the remaining three teams.

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