Firefighters plan ’boot drive‘

With the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship’s annual parade of boats taking place Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Fort Frances Fire Brigade once again will be holding its “boot drive” for Muscular Dystrophy.
“We’re asking for people to fill the boots again,” firefighter Wayne Riches said Monday morning.
He added the “boot drive” raised about $2,000 last year. It had brought in about $500 the first time they did it three years ago, then about $750 in 2003.
“Every year keeps getting better and better,” said Riches. “We’re hoping to keep that trend going.”
Parade-goers can expect to see a mix of full-time and volunteer firefighters leading the way Tuesday evening with boots in hand, along with a fire truck and their own boat float.
The parade, which will run from the old CN station to the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina via Scott Street and Victoria Avenue, usually sees thousands of people line the route to cheer on the FFCBC anglers.
And thanks to their sponsors, the fire brigade once again will be able to hand out balloons and Freezies along the way, noted Riches.
Muscular Dystrophy is the chosen charity of fire departments around the world.