WSCFF Burn Foundation
The mission of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation is to promote the education and prevention of burn injuries and improve the lives of burn survivors. The Burn Foundation is run by professional fire fighters who volunteer their time giving back to their communities, and is governed by a board elected by WSCFF member fire fighters representing each of the Council’s 11 districts. The Foundation serves people in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. A 501(c)(3) registered charity, the Foundation is funded by WSCFF member per capita payments and contributions.
The Burn Foundation has four critical focus areas:
- Camp Eyabsut
- Emergency Housing
- Liaison Response Team (LRT) for burn-injured fire fighters
- Education and Prevention
The Burn Foundation strives to provide the best possible care for those who have sustained burn injuries and their families. While injured patients receive care at the University of Washington Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center, the Burn Foundation provides emergency housing nearby to keep families together.
Through community outreach and education, the WSCFF Burn Foundation strives to educate communities on everyday risks and to significantly reduce the number of burn injuries.
Camp Eyabsut is an annual week-long summer camp offered at no cost for young burn survivors, ages 5-17 from across the Pacific Northwest region. It is held in July in the Cascade Mountains about an hour east of Seattle. The Camp can accommodate approximately 60 campers with 28 counselors and 10 support staff, including nurses, a child life specialist, and extra volunteers to assist with activities. The cost to send one child to camp is approximately $1,000, which includes travel, food, and lodging. All volunteers and camp counselors include adult burn survivors, returning campers and fire fighters.