Four decades ago Fire Fighters visiting patients in the Burn Unit saw a critical need and started contributing money for Burn Unit medical equipment and to help patients on their journey to recovery. Inspired by such spontaneous generosity, Captain Alex Blake from the Coquitlam Fire Department proposed a province-wide initiative……And the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund was formed.
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1978 – BC Professional Burn Fund established
1970’s – The 1st Bright Nights event
1996 – The 1st Summer Burn Camp for Burn Survivors
1996 – Burn Awareness Program Launches
1997 – Burn Fund commits $1 million to VGH Burn Unit
1999 – Hot Water Burns Like Fire Program Developed
2002 – Recognizing need for Burn Fund Centre
2003 – Inaugural Hometown Heroes Lottery
2005 – Burn & Wound Healing Research Lab Opens
2007 – The Future is Mine Program official launch
2009 – City of Vancouver promises Long Term Lease for the Centre
2011 – Too Hot for Tots Program Launches
2012 – $13.1 Million Burn Fund Centre Campaign is Launched. Concert Properties makes philanthropic contribution to the campaign
2013 – BC Professional Fire Fighter Locals make $1.4 Million pledge to the Centre Campaign
2014 – Ground Breaking Ceremony of the BC Burn Fund Centre . Construction begins!
2016 – Grand Opening of the BC Burn Fund Centre
2017 – Endowment Fund launches with $ 2 million start, with a Goal of $10 Million.