Burn Survivor Support

If you are reading this, chances are you or someone you know has already experienced what thousands of others do each year – a burn injury.
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Fire and Burn Prevention

Each year, the Burn Institute provides fire and burn prevention education in both English and Spanish to thousands of children and adults.
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Research and Treatment

Funding burn research and treatment still remains a priority for the Burn Institute.
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Community Services

The Burn Institute prides itself on being a resource to the community.
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The Burn Institute reaches thousands of children and adults each year
through fire and burn prevention education, burn survivor support programs and the funding of burn care research and treatment.

  • Firefighters Fill Their Boots With Generous Donations

    On Thursday,   March 13th, hundreds of uniformed firefighters and fire chiefs raised more than $200,000 during the 15th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Firefighters representing nearly 44 area fire departments volunteered to grab a fire boot and stand at street intersections throughout the county. This provided a “convenient” opportunity for the people...
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    Boot Drive Collection Sites Announced!

    Thursday, March 13, 2014 HELP FIREFIGHTERS SEND KIDS TO CAMP AT THESE LOCATIONS: Watch for them during the morning commute! ALPINE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT Alpine Blvd. & South Grade Road Westbound  Onramp to I-8 at Tavern (pm only)   BARONA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT Founder Way & Wildcat Canyon Road   BONITA-SUNNYSIDE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT Bonita Road & Central Avenue Bonita Road & Otay Lakes   BORREGO...
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    Firefighters to Take to the Streets for the Burn Institute

    On Thursday, March 13, 2014 local firefighters will take to the streets for the Burn Institute’s 15th Annual “Fill the Boot for the Burn Institute” Firefighter Boot Drive. What began more than a decade ago as a grassroots effort backed by the fire service, the Burn Institute’s countywide Boot Drive has...
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  • Derek

    One his way home from a training in Mammoth, California Derek Thomas’ life was completely changed. Derek was traveling with his girlfriend, two fellow athletes, and their coach when their SUV lost control, flipped onto its side, and was struck by an oncoming van. Derek was pulled from the vehicle with...
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    As with many young burn survivors, Diana was injured by a scalding liquid. At the age of 3, Diana and her cousin were playing in the kitchen when a pot of boiling water fell on her. She was rushed to the UCSD Regional Burn Center, and sustained 2nd and 3rd degree...
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    Marius is a true testament to the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. His story is remarkable, and uplifting for any who face a difficult situation. Marius is from Romania, and at the young age of 8 experienced a horrific accident. He awoke one night to a house engulfed in flames...
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    Jerry Davee

    In 1978, Jerry Davee suffered severe burns while trying to save a close friend from a fiery plane crash. He spent nearly two months in the UCSD Burn Center recovering from his severe burns. One year later, Jerry received the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Award for that heroic rescue attempt. Since...
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Beacon Newsletter
This easy-to-read publication contains fire and burn prevention tips, information about special burn survivor support programs, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, a calendar of upcoming events and much more.

Take the Online Challenge
The Burn Institute's Online Challenge is a fun place to test your knowledge about basic fire and burn safety.

Fire Escape Plan
There certainly is no time for mistakes when a fire strikes. Create an escape plan for your family and know what should be avoided.

More Ways To Give
There are many ways to contribute to the important efforts of the Burn Institute.

Featured Video: Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace

Is Your Company Ready?
The Burn Institute's Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace Training Program provides employees with valuable hands-on fire extinguisher training. Use this program to introduce new employees to proper extinguisher operation techniques or as a refresher course for your entire staff. The program is structured around the guidelines and recommendations made by OSHA, DOSH and Cal/OSHA Regulations.
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