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Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Portland Firefighters help give new coats to needy children

Twenty members of the Portland Firefighters Association participated in our first Firefighters Coats for Kids program. We helped distribute 230 new coats to children in need at Sacajawea Head Start in NE Portland. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) partnered with Operation Warm and created the program now known as Firefighters Coats for Kids. This program purchases coats that are made in the USA. With funding from Tripwire, Inc. and help from Portland Public Schools we were able to help keep these children warm and dry this winter. A big thank you to the Tripwire volunteers and Sacajawea Head Start faculty members of for helping to make this event a big success. We'd also like to recognize our members who volunteered their time off-duty and individually attended to each child to make sure they got the coat size and color that fit them best. Firefighters then wrote the children's name in their coat so they would know it was theirs to keep.

Thank you PFFA Members: Web Slavens, Mark Tilden, Nate Hall, Ryan Evans, Rich Neighorn, Brady Donahue, Mark Held, Mike Schultz, Greg Espinosa, Jason Lehman, Isaac McLennan, Chris Fukai, Time O'Donnell, Scott Berni, Ritch Espin, Kerry Kilner, Bill Schimel, Aaron Waldier, Elliot Dasler and Greg Rose

KGW Channel 8's News Story on the Event

Please enjoy the slide show below of our Firefighters Coats for Kids Event on December 19th, 2013.


Posted By Isaac McLennan, Portland Firefighters Association at 3:11 PM
Monday, 11 March 2013
Portland Firefighters serve you to raise money for MDA

The Portland Firefighters Association would like to invite the public to join us this coming Thursday, March 14 for our 7th annual Firefighter Serve Day at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery at 206 SW Morrison in downtown Portland. Firefighters will be paired up with serving staff at the restaurant selling shamrocks to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be working two shifts on Thursday, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The tradition of firefighters raising money for MDA started in 1953 when firefighter George Graney of South Boston rounded up a volunteer force of firefighters to raise money to assist a childhood friend with two sons that were afflicted with muscular dystrophy. Firefighter Graney, also a member of the International Association of Firefighters, quickly recognized the potential of firefighters and their excellent image in the community and approached both the IAFF and MDA the following year to propose a formal bond between the two organizations. A relationship was born and locals from around the world have since raised money annually for MDA and have come to emerge as the single largest sponsor. The money raised by the IAFF goes directly to MDA and is used for research and treatments to prolong children's lives.

Locally, the majority of the money raised is used to sponsor children to attend the annual MDA summer camp held at Camp Arrah Wanna in Welches, Oregon. With the assistance of Gresham Firefighters Local 1062, The Firefighter Serving Day along with two other fundraisers held at Rock Bottom Brewery raised over $7000 last year. We are on track to beat that record this year and with your support we can make this happen!

We ask that you please join us this Thursday for some good food, smiles, and a great cause...and of course your local firefighters in uniform at one of Portland's favorite eateries!

Justin de Ruyter Member, Public Information Officer, Portland Firefighters Association IAFF Local 43


Posted By Isaac McLennan, Portland Firefighters Association at 2:06 PM
Monday, 19 July 2010
Portland area firefighters at Firefigher Day at MDA Camp.

Posted By Isaac McLennan, Portland Firefighters Association at 2:34 PM
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