BANGOR, Maine — Bangor firefighters will be out conducting Fill the Boot fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association before the Tim McGraw concert Thursday, with a few modifications from prior years, union representative John York said earlier in the day.
“We’re going to be collecting for the MDA off-duty,” York said.
Fire Chief Scott Lucas took issue with on-duty personnel and city equipment being used for fundraising and ordered a halt to both when firefighters gave him an update May 16 about this year’s fundraising efforts, the union representative said.
“He’s holding to his order,” York said.
Lucas responded May 21 by saying while it appeared that he had created new rules, it was a misconception.
“I apologized to them and took responsibility for any misunderstanding that occurred in our meeting,” Lucas said last week.
He also said a new policy would be created to address future fundraising by firefighters.
A message left for Lucas on Thursday was not immediately returned.
In years past, the city’s heavy rescue or another firetruck was parked near the entrance to the waterfront concerts located across the street from the Main Street fire station, and firefighters, some on-duty and some volunteers, would greet those who entered carrying “retired” rubber firefighter boots that patrons filled with donations for the MDA. Those on duty would be in uniform, and most of the volunteers would wear bright yellow T-shirts purchased a couple years ago that showcase the MDA logo.
“We’ll be in union clothing or MDA T-shirts,” York said.
Whether firefighting equipment will be used is still up in the air, he said. Firefighters are expected to greet concertgoers between 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Bangor firefighters have raised approximately $145,000 over the last 10 years to benefit the MDA, York said.