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Station 19 Firefighters Will Turn Into Race Car Drivers this Weekend at Annual PDX Adult Soapbox Derby

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15th Annual PDX Adult Soapbox Derby

Day: Saturday, August 13, 2011

10:00 am

Mt. Tabor Park

All are Welcome!

Station 19's 2010 Soapbox Derby Entry

Firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 19 have been working hard to prepare for a time honored tradition in the community they directly serve. Off-duty firefighters will turn into race car drivers tomorrow, braving the daunting slopes of Mt. Tabor to test their home made soapbox at the 15th Annual PDX Adult Soapbox Derby.  This family-friendly event runs Saturday, August 13th beginning at 10:00 am on Mt. Tabor.

Firefighters work together to construct their soapbox race “fire truck” months in advance of the derby, and it has proven to be a labor of love. In 2009, Station 19 Firefighters constructed and debuted a soapbox fire engine, complete with Portland Fire & Rescue decals, ladders, flaming red color, working bell, and sturdy metal body. In 2010, the previously built engine was converted into “Truck 19.5.” Added were metal ladders and heavy duty wheels, and the derby fire truck spanned 4 feet tall and close to 12 feet long.  Special safety considerations included brakes, a horn, a fire extinguisher, and two drivers – one at the front of Truck 19.5 and one to maneuver the tillered back.  The color scheme matched Portland Fire & Rescue’s fire engines and trucks.

This year, firefighters at Station 19 have gotten serious about the safety and quickness of Truck 19.5.  Firefighters have added sturdier wheels, figured out how to reduce friction, and distributed weight so that the fire truck will accelerate more quickly in the beginning.

Come join PF&R Station 19 Firefighters at the upcoming derby as they slide down Mt. Tabor with grace, speed, and agility!  Click here to view the spectator map!

More About Station 19

Station 19, located at 7301 East Burnside Street, protects the Center, Mt. Tabor, Montavilla and Madison South neighborhood associations. The station was built in 1953 and is 5,676 square feet.  Engine 19 calls the station home, and the on-duty personnel includes one paramedic-officer and three firefighters. 

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Alan Bosse

August 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I have posted some FREE photos of the pdx adult soapbox derby on my website ( They are all my photos and you can download and use them as you please. Enjoy, it was a great day.

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