On Sunday, February 16th, 2014 local firefighters took to the streets of Williams for the Firefighters Burn Institute Boot Drive, raising over $5,000!
“We had about 15 volunteers show up and work in shifts,” said Taylor Wright, who orchestrated the event through the Williams Fire Protection Agency.
The Firefighters Burn Institute was founded in 1973, after a tragic jet plane crashed into the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in South Sacramento that took the lives of 22 people. Sacramento Fire Captain, Cliff Haskell, asked area Firefighters to assist him in establishing a burn unit in Sacramento, after learning there was not one in the area. In 1974, Sacramento’s burn unit was established at the U.C. Davis Medical Center.
The monies raised on Sunday will benefit recovery programs for burn survivors, burn prevention, and burn-treatment research.
“The FFBI has also been working for the past 10 years to collect $2 million for construction of a new Regional Burn Center,” said Wright, “our goal was to reach $5,000 in order to have our department’s name placed on the Honor Wall inside the new burn center.”
Although firefighters are a major part of the Firefighters Burn Institute, the organization provides a burn survivor program support, prevention and education services to the entire community.
For more information regarding the Firefighters Burn Institute, visit their website at www.ffburn.org.