Giving Back in Four Minutes

The Pink Truck Tour Rolls Again

They can be anywhere in the city in four minutes to support you. (And that’s in a 12-ton truck packed with four firefighters laden with heavy gear.) Anywhere in the city to extinguish fires, save lives, apply CPR. That kind of support.

Mississauga Firefighters Benevolent Fund
From left: Mike Verdiel, Roger Pardy, Bryan Doucette, Chris Varcoe, Steve Marshall

But if that weren’t enough, our city’s firefighters are all over town giving back to the community even when they’re not urgently needed—talk about double support. Let’s just say that these guys and gals are about much more than fighting fires.

It sounds strange to hear a group of committed people like our Mississauga Firefighters—who give back for a living—talk seriously about how much they “enjoy to give back to the community,” as Acting Captain Mike Verdiel remarks.

But it’s true. The Mississauga Firefighters Benevolent Fund (MFBF)—comprised of six firefighter trustees who oversee the various causes—has been supporting the community for years. Captain Roger Pardy estimates that the MFBF has raised nearly $2.7 million for over a dozen charities across the city.

They do it through motorcycle tours, boot drives, galas, and golf tournaments—any way they can give back. And when they’re not raising funds, the firefighters happily give of their time in support of our signature events, like Diwali, Laugh out Loud, and our golf tournaments.

Pink Truck Tour 2017This October the firefighters are again wrapping trusty Pumper 101—which handles 3,700 calls a year—in pink and selling t-shirts in support of Trillium Health Partners’ cancer centre.

T-shirts can be purchased online for $20 each—no tax!—and picked up at any of the Pink Truck Tour stops.

>> Find the Pink Truck Tour stop nearest you. (It’ll probably only be about four minutes away, knowing these guys).