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World Burn Congress Scholarship Program

Provided by the Firefighters Burn Institute

The Firefighters Burn Institute provides a limited number of scholarships for burn survivors and the medical professionals that care for them to attend the Phoenix Society’s “World Burn Congress.”  The scholarship typically includes round-trip airfare, hotel costs for approved conference nights and conference registration.

World Burn Congress (WBC) can be a life changing experience, not only for burn survivors, but for their family, friends and caregivers as well. WBC offers a supportive environment for transformational healing and gives those affected by burn injuries the tools to thrive again. Each year hundreds of burn survivors from all over the world come together to share their stories, find resources for their recovery and build a network for support. World Burn Congress is the world’s largest gathering of the burn community, connecting attendees with resources, support, and each other.

The Firefighters Burn Institute is honored to provide scholarships to those in need who would not otherwise be able to experience this life changing conference.  The conference helps burn survivors and their families understand and cope with the physical and emotional challenges associated with burn recovery.  WBC not only offers burn survivors the chance to meet others overcoming similar challenges, but also gives the hope and encouragement to go beyond merely surviving.

Conference Dates

2021 Phoenix WBC: Engage
May 14, 2021
This is a one-day virtual “mini” WBC featuring Sonya Renee Taylor, a speaker on radical self love.  
Scholarship Application Deadline: May 10, 2021

Apply Online for WBC: Engage

2021 Phoenix World Burn Congress
October 22-24, 2021 
This years’ conference will be held VIRTUALLY! 
Scholarship Application Deadline: October 17, 2021

Apply Online for World Burn Congress 2021

How to apply for a scholarship to attend WBC:

In order to be considered for a scholarship through the FFBI, please review the World Burn Congress Scholarship Application for instructions and requirements.

Shopping Amazon Smile Helps FFBI

Amazon Smile makes it easy to shop great deals from the comfort of your own home. Did you know it can also be an easy way to give back as well?

It’s not hard to do, but it does take an extra step to unlock the bonus features. The entire shopping experience is the same and most products available on amazon.com are available at Amazon Smile.

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  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in as normal.
  3. Choose Firefighters Burn Institute as your charity of choice. Use the search field to the right of the page to look up “Firefighters Burn Institute” from the list of possible matches.
  4. Begin shopping! It’s really that simple!

It really adds up!

Once you’ve selected your charity, everything works the same as always. No extra cost is passed onto you, but Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to Firefighters Burn Institute! Want to see how your contribution is put to good use?

“Summer Is Still Not Over For Our Firefighters.”

A Letter From The Executive Director, August 2017

Reflecting back on this summer, I’m realizing that it’s gone by incredibly fast. Vacations have ended and school is already starting up again. Here at the Firefighters Burn Institute, we hosted the Firefighter’s “A Tropical Affair” event, had the Firefighters Kids Camp at Camp Arroyo and participated in multiple fundraisers where local businesses, such as Brasserie Capitale and Sactown Union Brewery, came together to support our cause.

But despite the normal signs of the season coming to an end, I’m reminded each time I step outside into the heat that it’s far from over.

Consider this: there are over a dozen active fires in California right now that continue to burn in part because it is summer. Nearly 40 firefighters from our neighborhood firehouses are assisting local, state and federal firefighters in the battle to extinguish these fires. They are on hose lines as part of “strike teams.” They are bringing skills to management teams holding positions likes Deputy Incident Commander, Fireline paramedic, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Resource and Facility Unit Leader and Task Force Leader. All of these are highly skilled positions that can be dangerous ones as well.

Your FFBI’s Response Team, staffed by firefighters volunteering their time, is put in place to assist the firefighters, their families, their department, union, association and medical staff when the dangerous nature of their job becomes an unfortunate event of a burn injury. The team has been at the FFBI Regional Burn Center at UC Davis seven times this year for our burn-injured firefighters. Four of the seven were battling the massive fires you have seen on the news, some have been in the burn unit for weeks, and all want to get back to protecting us. Summer is still not over for our firefighters.

All these firefighters are cut from the same cloth as their predecessors, the same firefighters that founded the FFBI. Every time I walk into my office located inside an antique firehouse, I am reminded of the fact that the FFBI – and ultimately the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UCDMC – would not exist if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the firefighters and those who support them.

Nearly 45 years ago, after a horrific plane crash at Farrell’s Ice Cream, firefighters created the FFBI to ensure that our community, northern California and beyond, would be served by the best burn care on the planet. They rose to the challenge exactly like our local firefighters are doing today, to ensure we are safe and protected. Virtues that our FFBI volunteers from all walks of life have embraced as well. We all carry on the mission of our founder Cliff Haskell and the firefighters of years past.

Our firefighters are out there protecting us day and night. Summer will not be over for all us…

Michael Daw
Michael Daw
Executive Director, Firefighters Burn Institute
Retired Battalion Chief, Sacramento Metro Fire Department

Farrell’s Plane Crash 40th Anniversary Memorial

Farrell's Memorial Site

In 1972, a jet airplane attempting to take off from Sacramento Executive Airport, crashed into a crowded Farrell’s ice cream parlor, killing 22 people and burning many others. In the aftermath, the tragedy additionally took one more life. A Sacramento firefighter, Gene LaVine, and eight members of his family died in the fiery crash.

Shortly after the crash, Cliff Haskell, a Captain with the Sacramento Fire Department, convinced the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522 to allow him to begin to work in establishing a specialized burn unit for the area. Cliff began fund-raising campaigns and the Firefighters Burn Institute was formed in December 1973.

Event Details

Please join the Firefighters Burn Institute, City of Sacramento, Sacramento Fire Department and the family and friends of those who perished in the 1972 Farrell’s Plane Crash for the 40th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony on:
Sunday, September 23, 2012
1:00 PM
City of Sacramento Public Safety Center
5770 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822

This event is open to the public.

Helping Burn Survivors Since 1973

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