Where the Dollars Go
Burn Units and Burn Treatment Centres in British Columbia
BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital
With province-wide donations from fire fighter locals, corporate sponsors and the public, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund has made over $2.5 million in donations to the Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at VGH. The commitment to support the Unit began in 1977. The Burn Fund will continue to fund essential burn survivor support programs, including patient care items, staff training and statistical and research programs in keeping with Vancouver General Hospital’s mandate of excellence and leadership in patient care, research and teaching. more info >
Burn Unit at BC Children's Hospital
The Children's Burn Program, which treats B.C.'s most severe paediatric burn cases, is located at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. The Burn Fund supports the Burn Program by funding burn survivor support programs, patient care items, and staff training.
Royal Jubilee Hospital Burn Unit
Victoria's Royal Jubilee Burn Unit receives support in the form of burn survivor programs, patient care items and staff training.
Burn Treatment Centres in Regional Hospitals throughout British Columbia
The Burn Fund provides staff training and pays for burn survivor support in all hospitals around the province.
Medical Support Upgrading and Education
Every year the Burn Fund sends nurses, medical residents, occupational therapists and physical therapists from Burn Units at Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria to the American Burn Association annual meeting. The Fund also sends nurses to the Canadian Association of Burn Nurses annual meeting and other international, national and provincial educational opportunities.
Support For Burn Survivors And Their Families
The Burn Fund provides patient comfort items such as pressure garments (bandages) for burn survivors, and provides support in the form of travel and accommodations for those in need. Bursaries are available for burn survivors who are continuing their Post Secondary Education. For example, the cost of Jobst Pressure Garments range from $2,000 to $10,000 per person.
Adult Burn Survivor Program - The Future is Mine
The Burn Fund created a world first Adult Burn Survivor support program which launched in April 2007. The Future is Mine provides information, resources, inspiration, education, current research, and shared experiences from survivors and their families. Support is available for adult burn survivors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cost to maintain this program is over $75,000 per year. more info >
Burn Awareness Week
By targeting children in the high-risk group of ages six to twelve, the program is designed to teach kids to be responsible for their own safety, and make their families aware of potentially harmful situations. BAW contains animated and interactive pages, safety tips, teaching tips and student activity sheets suitable for classroom or home use. Students can enter the annual Burn Awareness Poster Contest. more info >
BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund Building
Residence, Research & Education The proposed multi-use building is a first in North America and will offer support and services to burn and trauma survivors, their families and the public. Located in central Vancouver, the facility will contain an interactive multimedia educational public resource component, a research facility for clinical trials in burn and wound healing and suites for burn and trauma survivors and their families. The Burn Fund Building: Leaving a legacy for the community and burn survivors of our province. more info >
BCPFF Chair in Burn and Wound Healing
The Burn Fund, in partnership with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, are committed in creating a $3 million endowment to fund a chair in burn and wound healing. An internationally recognized research team at Vancouver General Hospital is working on a new treatment for wounds that will prevent the heavy scarring experienced by many burn survivors. The applications for this treatment extend to any wound that is susceptible to scarring—from injuries due to burns, wounds from diabetes, or even the scars that remain after other trauma or surgery. This lab has the potential to bring the most significant advances ever achieved in the care of burn injured and scarred patients.
BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn and Wound Healing Research Laboratory At Vancouver General Hospital
Dr. Aziz Ghahary, a world-renowned leader in the treatment of burns and wounds, heads The BCPFF Burn and Wound Healing Research Laboratory. It serves the BCPFF Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit and collaborates with other researchers in the division of dermatology, the department of surgery, the department of dentistry and the diabetes research group.
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Annual Camp for Young Burn Survivors
The Burn Fund hosts young burn survivors for one week of summer camp. Over seven hundred children between the ages of six to 18 have attended the camp. Doctors, nurses, medical therapists, adult burn survivors and professional fire fighters donate their time as counsellors. Campers come from all areas of British Columbia to experience a week of joy, safety and freedom. The Burn Fund covers the camper’s travel and accommodation, and the cost of coordinating and operating the camp. There is no fee for the campers. The cost for each camper to attend is approximately $2,500.. more info >
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
A joint event with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Bright Nights has raised over $1.2 million dollars for the Burn Fund. This achievement is supported by more than 500 off-duty professional fire fighters from the Lower Mainland and other Fire Fighter Locals from around B.C. who donate their time to set up, operate and take down the annual display. Student volunteers act as festival ambassadors. Individuals, companies and foundations donate goods and funds to ensure the over 200 thousand visitors enjoy the event called “the most spectacular lighting display in Canada”. more info >
The Burn Fund website is an on-line source for burn survivors and their families, fire fighters, media, healthcare and education professionals. It is designed to educate, empower and inform the public about fire safety and burn fund issues that concern health and well-being.
Charitable Number: S-001 9686