BurnNet Survivors Meeting

The BurnNet Survivors Meeting is a two times per month meeting where burn survivors and survivors of necrotizing fasciitis, families and significant others discuss issues and raise questions related to their injury.

The meeting is facilitated by the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center Burn Outreach Coordinator and a SOAR peer. They provide a relaxed, safe and undisturbed atmosphere, conducive to the needs of all those who attend. UC Davis Medical Center is a Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) — designated facility, some of our peer support volunteers will serve as a source of hope and inspiration to those experiencing a burn injury. Questions are answered and anxieties related to the injuries can be diminished or alleviated in this safe haven. Useful topics are discussed each month to aid in the participants understanding of the various stages of injury, rehabilitation and recovery.
Other Burn Team specialists are featured in Lunch Bunch sessions, held the second Thursday of each month from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. They speak to topics like cosmetics, vocational rehabilitation and physical therapy, and reconstructive options. Sign up through our Google Form.
More information is available at UCD BurnNet Survivor Meeting.

Virtual Meetings

Upcoming Peer Support Group Meetings

7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PST, first Thursday of every month

Thursday, December 2, 2021 – Cancelled
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Thursday, February 3, 2022

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, third Thursday of every month

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022

To sign up for virtual BurnNet Survivors Meetings, please follow the link and complete the online form here:

In-Person Meetings

In-person meetings are currently unavailable and will begin once conditions are deemed safe at our host location, UC Davis hospital. Participants are able to access meetings online until then. Register for the meeting for more information. Please visit UCD BurnNet for the most up-to-date information about in-person Survivor Meetings. Meetings are held in Sacramento, CA.


Little Heroes Family Burn Camp

“Come Play & Grow Together!”

November 5-7, 2021
Applications due September 27, 2021

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Little Heroes Family Burn Camp is a burn recovery program designed for young burn survivors, ages one to six years old and their families. This unique, three-day program helps families understand and cope with physical and emotional challenges associated with burn recovery. In a supportive camp environment, families have the opportunity to meet other families who are overcoming similar challenges.



Burn Recovery in Groups Healing Together

Team BRIGHT is a community reintegration program for burn survivors built on friendship, support, and goal-attainment, organized in collaboration between the Firefighters Burn Institute and Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California with help from local firefighter volunteers.

Team BRIGHT is designed to encourage community engagement after a burn injury. Firefighter volunteers and patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern CA meet up on monthly coordinated recreational outings during which the firefighters can support goal attainment, help boost survivor skills, and make recovery fun. Young burn survivors in the local community are also invited to outings.

Burn survivors will have opportunities to experience the greater Sacramento area and test their new potential with peers with the knowledge that a firefighter has their back.

Team BRIGHT’s first outing in 2020 to an ice-skating rink had one participant feeling transported: “It was like a movie.”

Outing dates: Suspended due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

For questions, more information, or to make a donation please contact Valorie Smart at (916) 739-8525 or

Cliff Haskell Perpetual Scholarship 2021

In 2005, the Firefighters Burn Institute started a scholarship program for burn survivors who have participated in programs, events and/or services offered by the Firefighters Burn Institute and who were treated as an inpatient at a medical burn facility for twenty-four hours or more.

Up to four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to burn survivors.  Applicants must be pre-enrolled and accepted for full-time attendance to a college, university, trade school, or technical school before any money is distributed.  Recipient must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout the school year.  This scholarship may be awarded to an applicant a maximum of twice.

The following items must be submitted for your scholarship request to be considered.

  1. Completed Cliff Haskell Perpetual Scholarship application
  2. Official high school transcript/GED, including credits and GPA OR official college, university, trade/technical school transcripts and GPA.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from any the following: camp directors or counselors, high school or college counselors, teachers, professors, principals, employers, and other program leaders.
  4. An essay (minimum of 500 words) addressing how being a burn survivor has changed your life and how the scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have:

  • Completed high school or received a GED or be in his/her high school senior year at the time of application.
  • Applied to or been accepted to an accredited college, university, trade/technical school on a full-time basis or be a full-time student at an accredited college, university, trade/technical school and be enrolled for the 2021 Fall Term. We will verify each recipient’s college or trade school enrollment prior to disbursement of scholarship funds.

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by July 1st, 2021.

Mail Completed Application Package to:

Firefighters Burn Institute

Attn:  Scholarship Committee
3101 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820

Young Adult Retreat for Burn Survivors

Life Skills for Young Adults

YA Retreat is a weekend program for burn survivors ages 18-25. Sessions will teach life skills like basic auto maintenance and interview etiquette, and fun things like camp counselor training.

Thanks to generous donations, the Firefighters Burn Institute is able to offer this retreat free of charge to burn survivors.

Our retreat will be held at the beautiful Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center from June 11 – 13, 2021. If the retreat is unable to convene in-person, we will hold a virtual event.

Retreat Dates

To be determined for 2022

Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center (JRC)

1001 Boole Road, Applegate, CA 95703

Application Deadline: TBD

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To apply to attend the retreat please review the Participant Application for further information & instructions.  

Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. Download flyer here.

For questions or more information please contact Valorie Smart at (916) 739-8525 or

Helping Burn Survivors Since 1973