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Ajax Fire, APFFA receives Fire Department of the Year award

Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) has recognized the Ajax Fire & Emergency Services, in partnership with theAjax Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (APFFA), with an award for Fire Department of the Year.

Ajax Fire & Emergency Services and the APFFA has shown support for MDC through their annual Boot Drive for a total of 35 years, and this year, through community support and generosity, they broke their record by raising $26,150.69 with a total of $327,700 raised to date, said a statement.

Annually, firefighters have helped “fill the boot” to raise funds for those affected by neuromuscular disorders. These funds continue to help with essential research and ensure that those affected receive life-changing treatments and access to care as early as possible.

Ajax Fire and the APFFA will run their next Boot Drive this September to, once again, raise funds to support their charity of choice, MDC, and those affected by neuromuscular disorders.

“The Ajax Fire & Emergency Services is extremely proud to continue to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada and receive their Fire Department of the Year award. I am honoured to work alongside such a dedicated department with members of the APFFA and other Fire staff, as they continue to raise money for such an important cause, which will help lead to finding cures for neuromuscular disorders. I am looking forward to our next Boot Drive this September with a goal of surpassing our last record of $26,150.69. Thank you to Muscular Dystrophy Canada for all of your efforts in working to help those affected and for all those involved in raising funds,” said Aaron Burridge, Fire Chief, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services

“IAFF local 1092, known as the Ajax Professional Fire Fighters Association representing the Frontline Firefighters and Inspectors, is extremely proud of its members dedication and commitment to the community we serve. Our members, through the community’s support and generosity, have raised over $26,000 in 2023 and will be out doing the same this September. This dedication has been recognized by Muscular Dystrophy Canada and has bestowed the title of Fire Department of the Year to our Department and the community we serve. A special recognition to brothers Kyle Harrison and Brad Godfrey for the organization and motivation behind our Boot Drive,” stated Clive Deonarine, Captain, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services and Ajax Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.

Quick Facts

  • The Ajax Fire & Emergency Services in partnership with the Ajax Professional Fire Fighters’ Association received the Fire Department of the Year award (under the national category) from Muscular Dystrophy Canada on April 19, 2024.
  • The Boot Drive occurred on September 23, 2023, at the RioCan Durham Centre in Ajax (Costco Plaza).
  • The funds raised from last year was a new association record of $26,150.69, and to date, the association has raised $327,700.
  • The Boot Drives to support MDC have been running for 35 years.
  • More than 400 fire departments, associations and locals have been supporting MDC since 1954 and pledged to raise funds until a cure is found with MDC as their charity of choice.
  • On June 2, 2024, Muscular Dystrophy Canada will be hosting their annual “Walk & Roll” event in Rotary Park, Ajax. Ajax Fire and the APFFA will be attending the event to help raise additional funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Find more details and where to donate here.
  • The funds raised by firefighters have and continue to break down barriers, and these funds help those affected by neuromuscular disorders get the right diagnosis and access treatment as early as possible.
  • Donations help fund essential research and ensure Canada is prepared to provide access to life-changing treatments and care options.

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