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What A Difference Your Donations Make!

We say thanks a lot for everything our supporters do. Let us show you just how much your generous gifts impact the burn community.

Your donations can be used to do so much… let’s count some ways you make a difference:

$25 can buy 50 Stamps for the children at Firefighters Kids Camp to Send Postcards Home to Their Families

$50 supplies Classroom Materials for the Youth Firesetter Intervention Program for 15 Children

$200 sponsors Transportation for a young Burn Survivor to attend Firefighters Kids Camp or  Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp, regardless of where they live.

$500 makes it possible for a child to attend the Firefighters Kids Camp for Burn Survivors free of charge to their family

$500 sponsors an adult Burn Survivor to attend the Recovery Retreat

$1,000 helps a Burn Survivor attend the annual World Burn Congress

$2,500 sends a local Burn Unit Nurse to attend the American Burn Association Conference to further their education and improve the level of burn care in Northern California

Survivor Story: Alex Galang

The true story of one Sacramento Firefighter’s sacrifice and his road to recovery.

Upon entering his first house fire, the entryway floor collapsed beneath the weight of firefighter Alex Galang. The fall of over seven feet sent him to his back on the dark basement floor below.

Recognizing how deadly a situation he was in, Alex knew he had to act fast. Reaching for the floor joists, he attempted to climb to safety on his own. In the struggle, he lost both gloves, while his hands, arms, head, and calves started to burn. As his life flashed before his eyes, he kept focused on one thing: getting back to his wife, Tina.

Alex, still in ICU, with wife Tina. January 2015

Another firefighter fell into the basement soon after. After calling a mayday out over the radio, Alex crouched down to boost his friend to safety. The pain from the burns was excruciating as I stood in that hot basement, recalls Alex.

But Alex’s ordeal didn’t end here. First, the rescue ladder lost its footing, crashing Alex to the floor yet again. Next, the unintended blast of a firehose struck him in the head. Devastated, tired, in pain, and out of breath, his oxygen mask was now filling with water.

Support crews moved quickly, as a second ladder arrived alongside shouts of encouragement. With only 90 seconds of air in his respirator left to breathe, the crew above pulled Alex free. The injured firefighter was immediately taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

E6 crew passing probation April 2016
E6 crew passing probation. April 2016

Alex suffered second and third degree burns to his head, hands, arms and legs. A three-week stay in the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center was necessary. His care program ranged from skin grafts to rehabilitative therapies and emotional care. Alex attributes his recovery to the hard work and compassion of (those) at the Burn Center, the Firefighters Burn Institute, and Sacramento City Fire Department. From the hospital stay, to the emotional support, I felt my injuries were completely taken care of. Alex notes that the encouragement of and connection with the burn community played a vital role in his recovery.

Now back to full duty as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Sacramento Fire Department, Alex continues to push himself to grow. In many ways, he finds, my mental health recovery is far more complex than my physical burns. Managing anxiety and symptoms of my PTSD will always be a part of my life.

The community continues to help Alex learn to live with this new ‘normal.’ Recently attending the Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress was an important step. There, he met many inspiring burn survivors, and shared his own first-hand experience to inspire others. All in all, the FFBI played a huge role in my recovery and continues to support me in my journey as a burn survivor. I am forever thankful for the FFBI!


FFBI is incredibly proud of the role we play in improving the lives of burn survivors and the community at large but…

We can’t do it alone!

There are many different ways to get involved and help the Firefighters Burn Institute!

  • Sponsor a fundraiser through your office
  • Host a boot drive in your community
  • Take part in a pledge challenge
  • Host a special event on behalf of FFBI
  • Make a tax-deductible gift

If you would like to help out and get more involved please contact us, we would love to hear from you!

How Will You Make A Difference?

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.

Amazon Smile logo

  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?

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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