National Fire Fighters
Local heroes, every day
Canadian Fire Fighters have played an integral role for Muscular Dystrophy Canada since 1954, when a group of parents with children who were affected by Muscular Dystrophy approached a Fire Department and requested assistance in raising funds. With the Fire Fighters leading the way, Muscular Dystrophy Canada conducted the first residential canvass in Toronto, and raised more than $200,000 for research. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) pledged their continuing support “until a cure is found.”
Since that time, Muscular Dystrophy Canada has become a National Organization supported by more than 600 Fire Departments and Associations across Canada, who currently raise close to $3.2 million dollars annually – for a total of over $75 million since 1954.
This relationship continues to grow with the assistance of the IAFF, the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC). Each year, Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters give time both during their on and off-duty hours to organize Boot Drives, car washes, pancake breakfasts, magic shows, “Buck For Luck” campaigns, pub crawls, ladder-a-thons, roof-top-campouts, raffles, and sporting events in support of an estimated 50,000 Canadians with neuromuscular disorders.
Fire Fighters also hold key positions on Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Board of Directors. Through education, support, and media relations they generate much needed awareness of muscular dystrophy like no one else can.
We thank them for being our heroes every day, and for making a difference in the lives of people with neuromuscular disorders.