tn Sirens for Life 2019The annual Sirens for Life blood donor campaign hosted by Canadian Blood Services is underway for 2019!  On June 27, representatives from HPFFA Local 288, Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton Police Service and Hamilton Paramedic Service came together to officially kick-off this July 1st to September 2nd campaign by promoting and donating blood.
Every year, First Responders in municipalities across Canada participate in a friendly competition to see who can recruit the most blood donors during the campaign.

Special guests at the 35 Stone Church location included:tn IMG 8863
Stan Double - President, HPFFA Local 288
David Cunliffe - Chief, Hamilton Fire Department
Dan Milovanovic - Assistant Deputy Chief, Hamilton Fire Department
Carla MacDonald - Assistant Deputy Chief, Hamilton Fire Department
Frank Bergen - Deputy Chief, Hamilton Police Service
Michael Sanderson - Chief, Hamilton Paramedic Services
David Thompson - Hamilton Paramedic Services
Kimberly Martin - Canadian Blood Services
Simrat Deol - Canadian Blood Services

With only 4% of eligible Canadians donating blood, combined with the busy summer months and increased accidents, the need for blood becomes a precarious tn IMG 8870game of balancing high volume need with low blood donor turnout.  Canadian Blood Services relies on First Responders to work together, recruit, donate and make a difference for those who need it most.  tn IMG 8854

Help your local Hamilton First Responders.  Please call 1-888-2-DONATE or visit to make an appointment.  You don't have to be a First Responder to donate for the campaign.  Support your favourite police officer, paramedic, firefighter, dispatcher, fire prevention officer.... today.  When you donate blood, you save a life!  #BEaHERO #SAVEaLIFE 

Click here for the full Sirens for Life Launch photo gallery

tn cheque presentationThe 7th annual Miracle Plane Pull for McMaster Children’s Hospital was held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport on Sunday, June 23. This exciting event had over 30 teams with 15-25 members making the best of two opportunities to pull Mohawk College’s Boeing 727, which tips the scales at 125,000 pounds!  The Miracle Plane Pull is in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation and subsequently the thousands of children from across the region who benefit from the incredible care at McMaster Children's Hospital! 

tn team action2The Hamilton Fire Fighters Association Charity was able to raise and donate $1,500 to this great event and incredibly worthy cause.  In addition, the HPFFA crew put another team on the tarmac to test their strength and grit against the 727!  With all of the teams participating, the fun at the Warplane Heritage Museum, food trucks, displays, mascots and entertainment, it was again a great event and fundraiser to be a part of.  Thank you to the McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation for putting on a great event & fundraiser.

Click here for the full HPFFA Airplane Pull photo gallery

tn IMG 8719On June 18, over 500 members of the Hamilton community participated in the 10th Annual YWCA Walk A Mile in her Shoes event to fundraise and promote awarenes to end violence towards women!  The event broke records with number of participants and amount raised, generating almost $150,000 in funds!  The HPFFA was proud to participate and donate to such an incredible and worthy cause!

tn IMG 8724During the event, it was great to see so many in the community supporting the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event and it's purpose including other first responders, politicians, sports teams, and corporate groups like our friends from Tandia Financial Credit Union (pictured to the left)

Click here for the HPFFA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes gallery

Please be aware that the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association - Local 288 - and the HPFFA Charity & Community Support Comittee do NOT solicit donations via telephone campaigns.  There is currently a person or persons requesting donations on behalf of the Hamilton Fire Department and/or the Association.  This is not an endorsed campaign from the HPFFA or HFD.  Please do not process any funds with this person(s).  If you do happen to process funds through this fraudulent campaign, please contact Hamilton Police at (905) 546-4925 ext. 0 to report.

The 2019 edition of the Threshold School of Building "Bayfront Buillders Challenge" took place on Saturday, June 8 on the skate rink behind Williams Cafe at Pier 8.  Members of the HPFFA took part in this fun event again this year, building a bench swing.  All items built by the many community teams were auctioned off that night at the first annual Builders Challenge gala!  All funds raised, benefit the School and those youth and young adults who need support in the Hamilton community! 

The HPFFA Charity is proud to provide financial assistance with a donation to the incredible local organization.  Looking forward to 2020!tn IMG 8511