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Local 4303 Fill the Boot 2012

Firemen ask you to 'Fill the Boot'

Posted: August 28, 2011 - 9:07pm

Volunteer members of the Capital City Fire and Rescue are working with the International Association of Firefighters Local 4303 to raise money for muscular dystrophy in the seventh annual “Fill the Boot” campaign.

Firemen will be accompanied by a fire truck and passing a large fire boot among the public at the Superbear Market, Costco parking lot and the Tram parking lot on Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Last year the CCFR volunteers raised more than $5,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Alaska.

“Everybody gets a kick out of seeing us pass the boot,” CCFR Firefighter EMT Noah Jenkins said. “And the kids get to see the fire engine and climb on board. People drive up and give us everything from change in their ashtrays to $100 bills. And the whole gamut of donations are accepted.”

In Anchorage, firefighters wait at traffic lights and approach vehicles when the red light shines.

“Unfortunately in Juneau we have a no panhandling law,” Jenkins said. “So we are grateful for these organizations that allow us to park.”

Sally Dial, the fundraising coordinator for the Alaska chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, stated that Fill The Boot raises more than $3 million nationwide each year for research, treatments, and clinics.

“The money that is raised during Fill The Boot in Alaska stays in Alaska,” Dial emphasized. “It is really important to us. We are constantly doing works all year.”

Dial said as many as 20 Fill The Boots are organized each year alone, from July through October.

Money raised helps a monthly MDA clinic at the Alaska Neurology Center in Anchorage and pays for the cost of flying patients in from around the state. Funds also cover an annual summer camp in Chugiak with no cost to clients and their families. There are also monthly support groups.

MDA also has a Loan Closet, which takes in donated power and manual chairs, crutches, bath equipment and similar items. The items are repaired or serviced and then loaned out to clients at no cost.

Roughly 150 people are living with muscular dystrophy in Alaska. The MDA covers 43 different types of MD and the disease is mostly inherited.

MDA healthcare services coordinator Kim Kampen works with clients, clinics, support groups, and summer camps involving MD.

“It is a muscle wasting disease,” Kampen said of MD. “So a lot of it affects mobility. There are different types. Adults will sometimes have trouble with their feet with certain types, while kids with more severe types you notice at the early stages clumsiness or trouble with mobility. A lot of our clients end up in wheel chairs or power chairs. Several of our clients you might not know they had MD if they just had trouble with their feet. They can get around pretty well but they have some sort of limping.”

Kampen said the disease can also affect the lungs and patients need assistance in breathing. Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named after Hall of Fame baseball great, is a form of MD.

“Fill the Boot monies really do stay in Alaska to help local families,” Kampen said. “Even though we are a nationwide company, the money stays here in Alaska.”

MDA donations can be accepted anytime, either by check to the MDA in Anchorage (121 West Fireweed Lane Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503), or taken to any Juneau fire station. Donators can also call 1-800-FIGHTMD (344-4863) during the labor day telethon Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight on KTUU.

“If you see a firefighter out there holding a boot and with a fire engine, that will be us,” Jenkins said. “The idea is to fill those boots up for the MDA.”

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at

IAFF Local 4303 Doubles 2010 MDA FIll the Boot!
Thanks for help with 'Fill the Boot' drive

The International Fire Fighter's Association Local 4303 would like to thank the Juneau community for coming out for their annual "Fill the Boot" drive to supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. IAFF Local 4303 teamed up with Capital City Fire and Rescue Volunteers and raised $10,870 in the two-day drive. Which doubled what was raised last year!

Travis Mead~ IAFF Local 4303 Public Relations


Courtesy photo


IAFF Local 4303 sponsors Little League Team
Firefighters and baseball come together in Little League sponsorship

The International Association of Firefighters' Local #4303 union has been making a concerted effort to reach out to the Juneau community. Having just concluded their annual "Fill the Boot" benefit for the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, they have elected to sponsor a team in the Gastineau Channel Little League, the Orioles.

The Orioles are coached by Mary Johns, the wife of Jayme Johns, a firefighter and one of the 36 union members responsible for the sponsorship.

"I think mostly it's just that they've been wanting to do something; they have this money and they thought it would be a good thing to do (to sponsor the team) since some of the firefighters have kids on the team," said Mary Johns.

The Gastineau Channel Little League depends entirely on sponsors; each team has one that covers the cost of their jerseys, and sponsors also help offset other league costs as well. The only fee that parents pay to have their kids play, beside the cost of a glove, is $5 to help offset charges for online registration.

Baseball and firefighting appear to go hand in hand for a couple of the families on the team. Paralleling the Johns family, the Orioles' assistant coach Erin Russell and her firefighting husband Eric have a son, Toby, on the team. And another team dad is Travis Mead, the public relations representative for the firefighter's union, whose kids Eli and Samantha play alongside Matthew and Toby.

Roy Johnston, the president of the union, said that the union has been making strong efforts to do community outreach, assisting with the St. Baldrick's Foundation's fundraising for childhood cancer research and sponsoring the firepole (go figure) at Project Playground at Twin Lakes. He said that Travis approached him with the idea of sponsoring the team, and that since the idea seemed solid, they went for it.

The union wrote a check for $350 to purchase jerseys for the team, emblazoned with "Orioles" on the front and "Firefighters' Local #4303" on the back. They're also currently discussing plans for an end of the year barbecue or Bullwinkle's Pizza party, depending on the weather, of course.

Johnston said that if the sponsorship goes well and there are no conflicts of interest between the union and the team, it's possible that they will continue to fund a Little League team in the future.

"It's all part of our public outreach and giving back to the community," he said.


Courtesy Of Mary Johns

Orioles players, left to right, standing: Aidan Frenzel, Eli Mead, Abigail Booton, Riley Harp; kneeling: Matthew Johns, Samantha Mead; laying down: Gage Cooney. Also on the team but not pictured are: Aidan Dallas, Toby Russell, Mason Scolamiero and Colton Johns. Co-coaches are Mary and Jayme Johns, and the manager is Erin Russell.


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April 17, 2013 budget CUTS proposal item #3, 10, and 14 are CCFR items slated for budget cuts.   #3 "Fire Service Reduction including training, reduce programs that impact overtime, revise staffing (elimination of one FTE, who is yet to be determined. Read More...
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A new study issued by a broad coalition in the scientific, fire fighting, EMS and public-safety communities shows that the size and configuration of an EMS first responder crew and an advanced life support (ALS) crew have a substantial effect on a fire department's ability to respond to calls for emergency medical service.
The new study is the first attempt to investigate the effects of varying crew configurations for first responders, the apparatus assignment of ALS personnel, and the number of ALS personnel on scene and the task completion times for ALS level incidents.
The increasing number of EMS responses point to the need for scientifically based studies to measure the operational efficiency and effectiveness of fire departments responding to medical calls. Fire departments typically deliver first-on-scene, out-of-hospital care services, regardless of whether or not they provide transport. The design of fire-based EMS systems varies across communities. Some departments deploy only Basic Life Support (BLS) units and personnel, some deploy a mix of BLS and Advanced Life Support (ALS) units and personnel, and a few departments operate solely at an ALS level.
This study emphasizes that every one of those system design decisions affects emergency medical response and care when each second counts. 
The study's principal investigators include Jason Averill of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Lori Moore-Merrell of the International Association of Fire Fighters and Kathy Notarianni of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Other organizations participating in this research include the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International-RISK, the Urban Institute and the University of North Carolina.
The report was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grant program.
Download the study here.

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