News release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
By: Master Technician Joel Kobersteen
Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift
Labor Day Weekend is almost here which means that Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) personnel will once again be conducting the “Fill the Boot” campaign to benefit the DC/VA Muscular Dystrophy Association. Please watch out for uniformed firefighters/paramedics with fire apparatus on display at controlled intersections all over Fairfax County and help us Fill the Boot! This year’s campaign is scheduled to run Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2.
Your Fairfax County Firefighters and Paramedics will be hosting an official campaign Kick Off on Wednesday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Fire Station 14 – Burke. Station 14 is located at 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015.
The 2019 campaign marks the 40th anniversary of FCFRD participation and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 65th year of participation.
IAFF Local 2068, assisted by the FCFRD and the Department of Public Safety Communications, has donated over $6 million to date. In 2018, $600,000 was donated to the DC/VA MDA. Thanks to the generosity of Fairfax County residents and visitors, our donation to MDA once again secured our place as number one in the United States and Canada!
We also could not do this without the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Retirement Association and Fairfax County Police Department who provide important support behind the scenes.
DC/VA MDA uses these donations to help fund such items as:
- The annual weeklong MDA Children’s Summer Camp where kids from 6 to 17 years old can have a “typical” camp experience with their peers. They enjoy swimming, boating, zip line, crafts, a talent show and many other activities all tailored to their abilities. This week also provides a respite for the families from the sometimes 24 hour a day job of caring for a special needs child. This camp is provided free of charge for the families.
- The MDA clinic at Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center. This “one stop shop” allows those with neuromuscular disease to see all of their specialists, such as their cardiologist, neurologist, pulmonologist, occupational therapist and many others in one location. This alleviates the need to make appointments and travel throughout the Washington, D.C. area to the many medical professionals that they see on a regular basis.
- Research at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, so, one day, we will not need to Fill the Boot again!
- Programs designed to help people with neuromuscular disease live, go to school and work independently.