Our Visit to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund offices
April 17th 2015
Proceeds of our book, Santa and His Super Hero are going to be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. On April 17th 2015, Nathan had a professional development day from school so I arranged to take him to meet the people at the offices at the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. When we got there, we were met by the ladies who run the office, Lisa, Nola, and Shelly and BC Burn Fund director, Brent Morgan. Brent has been a firefighter for 16 years in Fort St. John, BC.
We were taken into their board room where Nathan sat at the head of the table. We started out the meeting by Nathan showing the book and telling them a bit about the story. As I filled in the gaps, Nathan passed around the book for them to look at and sign.
Then it was our turn to hear what the Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund was all about. They told Nathan that there are more than 4000 fire fighters protecting the province of British Columbia. After further research, I learned that there are 152 Fire Departments across BC. A lot of them have multiple fire halls.
Going into this project, I thought that the burn fund just supported the survivors of fires but the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund is much more than that. About 25% of their resources are dedicated to education and prevention. They also have a camp for children who have survived injuries due to fire and they help fund burn units and research to help survivors of fires.
Their new project is the Burn Fund Center which is located in on Main Street in Vancouver BC. It is close to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn, Trauma and Plastics Unit at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and Children's Hospital in Vancouver where the most severe burn survivors go for treatment. The Burn Fund Center is for the caregivers and outpatients from out of town who need an affordable place to stay while being treated for their injuries.
Before we left, they gave us a bunch of gifts. Among many other things, Brent Morgan presented Nathan with a beautiful photo book, "Flames of Courage" and a special BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund coin that has their logo on the front and an image of their new Burn Fund Center on the back.
We had an amazing time at their offices and really enjoyed meeting Nola, Lisa, Shelly and Brent. Thank you for all you have given us and all the great work that you do.
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