Enhancing burn survivor care
The Burn Fund was originally founded to enhance burn survivor care through the purchase of vital equipment at BC’s trauma hospitals. While visiting survivors at VGH, Captain Alex Blake of Coquitlam Fire Fighters Local 1782 met Dr. Charles Snelling, who was the Director of the Burn Unit. From that meeting, fire fighters came up with the idea to raise funds for the burn unit with an initial contribution of $10,000.
The “Burn Unit Fire Fighters Fund” was created to improve public education and improve treatment for burn survivors. It funded a burn patient follow-up program, education of Burn Unit nursing staff, and research around new methods of burn care. This fund was the basis for the establishment of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association in 1978. To this day, Burn Collaborative working groups have been established at BC Children’s and Vancouver General Hospital to work together on shared activities that promote a better quality of life for burn survivors and their families.