MDA - Fill the Boot: Chief’s Challenge 


BCFD’s Chief Perez is very passionate about the importance of raising money for MDA’s Fill the Boot Campaign. For 66 years the International Association of Firefighters has partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help Fill the Boot and raise millions of dollars. In the past, Bernalillo County Firefighters could be seen throughout the county, with literal Boots in Hand, collecting donations for this very worthy cause.  
This year, due to the COVID-19 virus, the MDA’s collection campaign has moved online. This will reduce person to person contact and allow all those wanting to participate to maintain safe social distancing practices.  
In an effort to create public awareness for this exciting and new collection format. Chief Perez would like to challenge not only all of the Residents of Bernalillo County. But, his BCFD Executive Chief Staff as well.  
Challenge Rules:

For Bernalillo County Residents:

  • Go to our Facebook Page or’s main page and “click” on the link taking you to our IAFF Local 244 MDA Fill the Boot Page and learn all about why supporting the MDA is so important.
  • Click on the big-red “Support Me” button and donate anything you can. Whether it’s $1 or $100! Any bit helps! 

For Bernalillo County Executive Chief Staff:

  • Chief Perez explains, that with New Mexico being in the middle of its world famous chili roasting season.
  • Chief Perez has put together a hand-picked list of peppers varying in heat intensity. From the lowly jalapeno all the way to some of the hottest peppers on the planet. 
  • Where ever the total amount ends up by the end of the promotion. The Executive Chief Staff would then have to eat the coordinating pepper found on the Chief’s Hot Pepper List!
  • If we reach our goal of $100,000 by the end of the campaign. Chief Perez, himself, will be there right next to his staff eating the hottest pepper on the list.  

The Challenge would then be streamed LIVE on BCFD’s Facebook page at the end of the campaign. So if you want to see if BCFD firefighters can take the heat. Go to our IAFF Local 244 MDA Fill the Boot Campaign and DONATE TODAY! 

Contact: PIO Lt. David Lujan, August 26th, 2020

Cell:(505) 270-5459 

Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue was established on Sept. 15, 1958, and has grown from a single station department to a fully-paid, 12-district organization that staffs five to six paid personnel per station, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The stations are covered by firefighters who are all trained to provide medical care, 24/7, 365 days a year. The shifts consist of 48 hours on and 96 hours off. There are a total of 254 sworn positions. The positions range from firefighter up to fire chief in rank. BCFD also has 9 civilian administrative positions. There are three distinct coverage zones referred to as “regions” within the jurisdiction of BCFD. The Fire Department is organized into three battalions covering the three regions of the county. Each battalion consists of four fire stations located throughout the jurisdiction to provide emergency services. 

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