Improving the Quality of Life for Burn Survivors
Fire fighters know all too well the physical and emotional trauma of burn injuries. The Burn Fund supports our members, their families and their communities affected by burn trauma. The fund also works to prevent burn injuries with public awareness campaigns and burn prevention materials.
Burn Fund Medical Advisors
Burn Injury Assistance
Of all the injuries that a fire fighter may suffer, none is more traumatic than a severe burn injury. When an IAFF member or their immediate family suffers a burn injury, the Burn Fund provides financial assistance for temporary emergency expenses. Burn-injured fire fighters and their families can receive one-on-one support from a burn survivor peer support network.
Apply for Burn Injury Assistance
IAFF District Burn Coordinators
Find Burn Centers
The Burn Fund’s signature event is the International Burn Camp held annually in Washington, DC. The camp is a life-changing opportunity for burn survivors ages 13-15 and the fire fighters/camp counselors who work to make a difference in the lives of these young people. The all-expenses paid, week-long camp helps burn survivors understand that they are not alone and that there is a larger support system for them.
Burn Prevention and Awareness:
- Understanding Burn Care: Developed by the IAFF Foundation and a coalition of national burn organizations, Understanding Burn Care is an all-inclusive source for facts on diagnosing and treating burns, as well as burn prevention and education.
- Building Code Resource: An educational resource on building codes to make sure our homes and workplaces provide the highest levels of protection against fire.
- Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors: Dedicated to empowering everyone affected by a burn injury through peer support, education and advocacy - the Phoenix Society understands the importance of connecting with others who have had a similar experience and can assist in the healing process, and encourages burn survivors to share their story and create a network of support.
- National Scald Prevention Campaign: The proportion of burn center admissions due to scald burns is 33%. Children and elderly are most at risk. The National Scald Campaign site (flashsplash.org) offers advice to prevent severe burn and scald injuries.
- The World Burn Congress: A program of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, the World Burn Congress brings together more than 900 burn survivors, their families, caregivers, burn care professionals, and fire fighters from around the world. The Congress provides an international forum to encourage and facilitate an exchange of knowledge and support within the burn community.
- Youth Firesetting Information Repository and Evaluation System (YFIRES): YFIRES is a data collection tool that will assist both the fire service any non-fire service organization invested in youth firesetting intervention programs.
- Fire and Burn Prevention Tips
We are grateful and indebted to the work that other organizations are doing to improve and provide burn care. Those listed below have all made substantial contributions to this critical field and may be useful for anyone seeking additional support or burn care.