The WSCFF Burn Foundation includes President Matt Ricks, Local 404, Vice President Dave Little, Local 1747, Secretary-Treasurer Shaun Cuthbert, Local 726, and representatives elected from each of the 11 Districts of the WSCFF.
1st District Representative:
Danny Betz, Local 29, Spokane
2nd District Representative:
Garhett Dotta, Local 1296 Kennewick
3rd District Representative:
Melissa Beard, Local 1828, South County
4th District Representative:
Evan Stanley, Local 726, Central Pierce
5th District Representative:
Dave Lamb, Local 828, Longview
6th District Representative:
Janell Murry, Local 31, Tacoma
7th District Representative: Vacant
8th District Representative:
Rigel Rierson, Local 2878, Eastside
9th District Representative:
Mickey Randahl, Local 2024, South King
10th District Representative:
Joe Kendrick, Local 3219, Marysville
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 WSCFF Burn Foundation mailing address is PO Box 6383, Kent, WA 98064.
WSCFF members can contact local officers to find out how to get involved.
Burn Foundation focus areas:
Education & Prevention
The Foundation supplies, “It Happened In Seconds-Burn Injury Awareness for Fire Fighters.”
Five hundred dollar matching grants are also provided for fire departments to purchase smoke detectors to give to and install for citizens in their service areas.
The mission of the Liaison Response Team (LRT) is to provide assistance to fire fighters and other emergency service personnel, their families and departments following the aftermath of a burn injury. The foundation works with the family, fire fighters, the burn unit team, and the media. They also provide lodging, clothing toiletries, meals, travel expenses, and run errands for the fire fighter and the family.
Studies have shown that having loved ones near during recover improves patient outcome. The foundation provides overnight accommodations within walking distance of the Harborview Medical Center Burn Unit for the families of burn patients from all around the Northwest and Alaska. These include a kitchenette, showers, beds, laundry facilities and, perhaps most importantly, a private sanctuary away from the unit.
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. Learn more about Camp Eyabsut.