Bangor Firefighters were at the Tim McGraw concert last night, collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, despite a current dispute with the Fire Chief. In question is whether uniforms can be worn and firetrucks used in the effort.

IAFF Local #772 sent out a press release this week, announcing that off-duty department volunteers will be at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, asking concert-goers to "Fill the Boot" for MDA. It states that firefighters will only be collecting off-duty and will not use Bangor Fire Department apparatus or issued uniforms or gear.

The Union has not come to an agreement with the Fire Chief, who stated earlier this month that he would not allow firefighters to collect donations while on-duty or while in uniform, and that city apparatus and vehicles could not be included in the effort. Fire Chief Scott Lucas has said he wants to find a mutually agreeable solution to the issue.

Union President John York said in the release that the MDA and IAFF have had a long-standing relationship for the past 60 years.

"The MDA is a very worthy cause and with the continued support of our community, the Bangor Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 722 will do all that we can to continue to assist this great organization and stay on the front lines until a cure is found. Nothing will stop us!"

Firefighters were collecting at last night's Tim McGraw concert and will be back again tonight for Celtic Woman.