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Meet Our Partners (IAFF)

Together with supporters like you, we can make innovative science and care possible for families.

International Association of Fire Fighters


The International Association of Fire Fighters represents the interests of professional fire fighters across North America. Since 1954, IAFF members have shown an unwavering commitment to defeating muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. Funds are raised primarily through MDA’s signature Fill the Boot ® campaign, in which member fire fighters gather on streets across the country collecting money in their boots from neighbors and passersby. For 60 years strong, our nation’s heroes have raised more than $558 million to save and improve lives of families fighting muscle disease. Dollars collected in boots throughout the decades are translating into game-changing research progress today.

"With MDA, the IAFF’s support is not going to come to an end until the need for MDA doesn’t exist."

Harold A. Schaitberger, IAFF General President