Firefighter Wesley Bauman heads to an ice bath on the roof of Fire Hall 2, 10217 107 St., as he and four other firefighters take part in a rooftop campout in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, in Edmonton Thursday Feb. 21, 2019. Batman added the ice bath component to this years campout as a way to up the ante. The firefighters hoped to raise $120,000 during the 14th annual event. The campout continues until 10 am on Feb. 22. Go to muscle.ca/campout to donate.
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A group of fundraising firefighters living on the roof of their station are $17,000 away from reaching their goal.Four firefighters have been living on the roof of Station 2 in downtown Edmonton since last Tuesday to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Five days into their campaign they are less than $20,000 away from reaching their $120,000 goal.The firefighters originally planned to stay on the roof until Friday, Feb. 22, but they decided to continue living on the roof until their goal is reached.The decision to stay on the roof means the firefighters will be staying outside during another cold snap. Temperatures Saturday morning reached -25 C with the windchill with forecasts showing lows below -20 C until Wednesday night.“Funds raised will be used to support individuals and their families living with neuromuscular disorders by informing and supporting members of the neuromuscular community,” said Courtney Polson of the Edmonton Fire Department in a news release Saturday. The money raised by the annual event will help buy mobility mobility equipment, provide support services and fund research to find a cure. Firefighters across Canada have raised roughly $85 million since the event first began in 1954.Donations can be made online at www.RooftopCampout.ca or supporters can stop by any Edmonton fire hall, including Station 2.