Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fire Dept News

The Pledge

Chilliwack firefighters pancake breakfast fundraiser for Burn Centre July 1

Released by Michael Hurley, BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund


oin the Chilliwack Fire Fighters this Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1st from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a pancake breakfast served up with all the fixings at Fire Hall #1, 45950 Cheam Avenue.


Your $5/pp donation will not only get you a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausages and eggs but also includes a fire hall and truck tour, so bring the whole family!


Funds raised from this event will go toward the Chilliwack Fire Fighters’ $75,000 pledge to the NEW Burn Fund Centre to be built by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at 3891 Main Street in Vancouver.


Bring your cameras for the 10am cheque presentation by the Chilliwack Fire Fighters as they proudly present their first installment of $30K toward their $75K donation goal.

Come out and show your support for your local fire fighters and, in turn, be part of creating the NEW Burn Fund Centre that will support our province’s Burn Survivors. To date, Chilliwack Fire Fighters have been joined by 26 other professional Fire Fighter locals throughout the province for total Fire Fighter contributions totaling just over $1.3 million.

“We’ve seen firsthand that helping with accommodation for burn and trauma survivors and their families can be one of the most significant contributions to help survivors physically and emotionally recover and live a full life”, says Mike Hurley, President of the Burn Fund. “We’re so grateful that the Fire Fighters in Chilliwack have shown such leadership in helping us meet this critical need.”


The province is experiencing a critical shortfall in accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers. Patients’ health may be compromised when they have to return home sooner than medically advised or live in accommodations not suited to recovery from a burn or trauma.


Each year almost 700 children and adults from across the province are admitted to the BCPFF Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital suffering serious trauma. Cases from outside the Lower Mainland make up 27% of cases, and 60% of those are paying for private sector accommodation for an
average of eight weeks.

The new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre will provide eight short-term stay units to meet the critical shortfall in appropriate accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers. The Centre will also house the offices of the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association and Burn Fund and include ground floor retail space to help fund the ongoing operation of the building. The Burn Fund has secured 85% of necessary funding and is currently in the midst of a capital campaign.

“Nobody plans to be a burn survivor”, points out Lisa Lacamell, Executive Director of the Burn Fund, “but when it happens, your family’s life is turned inside out in a matter of seconds. With our contributions to research, patient care, survivor support and prevention we’re trying to give British Columbians their best chance, the Burn Fund Centre is the missing piece of that legacy.”

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund has been providing prevention and survivor support programs, and funding medical care, training and research to the people of British Columbia and the Yukon for almost four decades. The Burn Fund's vision is built by more than 3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-three communities in British Columbia and the Yukon who graciously dedicate their funds, time and expertise.



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