CAL FIRE Riverside County Fire Fighters Rally Behind 60-Year
Tradition with MDA, Raise $105,749 During 2015 Fill the Boot
#FilltheBoot | #60YearsStrong
PERRIS, CA, October 20, 2015 - More than 500 members of the CAL FIRE RRU, Local 2881 raised $105,749 during the annual Fill the Boot campaign on October 2nd and 3rd to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Riverside County area. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away people's ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.
Held in the following cities: Perris, Lake Elsinore, Beaumont, Banning, Norco, Hemet, San Jacinto, Moreno Valley, Anza, Rancho Mirage, Menifee, Eastvale & Temecula, CAL FIRE RRU had 29 intersections covered over a period of two days.
"For six decades, fire fighters have fueled MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases, and this year's Riverside County Fill the Boot results are a perfect example of the true dedication CAL FIRE RRU, Local 2881 has toward supporting the families we serve," said Area Director, Liz Denny. "We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who provide life-saving help that will fund research, advocate for children and adults affected by muscle disease, and rally our community to fight back."
Funds raised through the 2015 Riverside County Fill the Boot event build on decades of research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures.
Dollars raised also help support MDA's life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at the Loma Linda University Medical

Center in San Bernardino which serves all of San Bernardino and Riverside County MDA families. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy "the best week of the year" at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, Ca and nearly 80 other locations nationwide.
As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases. In addition to Fill the Boot events, contributions from charity baseball games and other local events hosted/sponsored by the IAFF help support MDA's efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million. To date the IAFF has raised $558 million for MDA.
About the IAFF
The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation's population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada.
About MDA
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit and follow us at and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA's mission by watching this video.
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We periodically receive calls from CAL FIRE employees who assume their union membership status automatically changes from active to retired upon retirement.  This is incorrect - CAL FIRE Local 2881 has no way of knowing when an employee retires until so advised by the controller's office, which is a month or two after the fact.
It's really very easy to become a retired member.  Soon, before retirement, request a retired member application from CAL FIRE Local 2881 headquarters, (916) 609-8700.  Complete and return it to  1731 J Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA  95811.  Retired member dues are $72 per year and are deducted from your retirement allowance. The application also includes an option to remain active in the IAFF and/or CPF as a retiree, and those dues are currently $6.57 and $6.40, respectively, per month. 

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It is with great pride that  I put my name forward as a candidate for the position of General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Tom Miller, our General Secretary-Treasurer, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election at our 2016 IAFF Biennial Convention. Tommy has served the IAFF well as GST. He has had a long and distinguished career in serving his local, state and country. I wish Tom Miller a long and happy retirement.
I joined the fire service in 1972 in North York, Ontario and at that time my goal was to be a good firefighter, respected by his peers. Never did I dream that four decades later, I would be announcing my candidacy for one of the principal officers of our great union. I am humbled by the opportunity to run for the position of GST.
Over my 30 year career in the fire service, I was a fire fighter, a captain and retired as a District Chief.
In the union, I have served as an Executive Board member at the local and provincial level. I have served as President of the IAFF's largest Canadian Local in Toronto, Ontario, as well as President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association, representing the provinces' over 10,000 members.
I was
honour ed to ha ve served our members as the Assistant to the General President for Canadian Operations in Ottawa, Ontario and now in my current capacity as Chief of Operations in the Office of the GST in Washington, DC.
What do I bring to the position? Leadership, energy and experience!
I look forward to having the opportunity to connect with you to discuss the results I've delivered to-date, as well as my vision for the IAFF's operations across our two great countries.
Please visit the campaign website for greater details on my background, vision and delivering results.
I look forward to meeting with you to discuss our priorities between now and August 2016.
Thank you and stay safe,
Jim Lee
Candidate for the position of
General Secretary-Treasurer,
International Association of Fire Fighters


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