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The Firefighters Burn Institute
Quarterly Newsletter
Winter 2016

Helping Burn Survivors Since 1973


2016 Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive

Attention Sworn Firefighters: We are currently signing up sworn firefighters to “Shake the Boot” at the 2016 Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive!

The Firefighters Burn Institute will hold its annual Boot Drive from February 11-14, 2016 in conjunction with National Burn Awareness Week.

This annual fundraiser is the single most important source of donations for the Firefighters Burn Institute. Dozens of burn recovery, education, prevention, scholarship and burn care programs depend on the success of the annual “Fill the Boot for Burns“ Boot Drive event.  Every hour of your volunteer time is appreciated. We can't do it without you!  


Sign Up Today!

To volunteer to "Shake the Boot" at the 2016 Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive please sign up online or contact Lisa Watanabe at (916) 739-8525 to sign up!


Can't make it out to this Boot Drive? 

There are many 'satellite' Boot Drives throughout Northern and Central California that benefit the Firefighters Burn Institute! 

For a Boot Drive location near you please contact us at (916) 739-8525 or


Letter From The Director

Jim Doucette

Executive Director, Firefighters Burn Institute

Retired Captain, Sacramento Fire Department


I hope that all of you have had a great Holiday Season and an even better New Year's! 2015 was a very busy year for the Firefighters Burn Institute with the move of our Firefighters Kids Camp to Camp Arroyo in Livermore and the busy fire season with the subsequent burn injuries to some Firefighters.

Recently, a Fire Captain reminded me how sometimes our name Firefighters Burn Institute can be a little confusing to the public. The common misconception here is that many folks believe that our charity only helps burn-injured firefighters. In reality, our name has "Firefighters" in it because we are a charity that was founded and continues to be run by firefighters. We haven't had any programs that were specifically for burn-injured firefighters until very recently! 

Our programs encompass the whole burn community and the medical personnel that treat them which includes firefighters. Firefighters Kids Camp, Little Heroes Preschool Camp and the Adult Retreat are a few examples of programs that were created for and are still open to the entire burn community. However, in order to address the very specific and unique experience of burn injured firefighters, the Liaison Response Team was started roughly five years ago. The program provides assistance to firefighters and their families in the event that a firefighter is admitted to our burn unit at UC Davis Hospital. And just within the past few months, we started a Firefighter Peer Support Group which allows for firefighters who have gone through similar experiences to meet and support one another. Besides these two programs, all of our other programs and services are for anyone that suffered a burn injury.

As we celebrate our 43rd anniversary as one of the nation's top Firefighter-run burn foundations this year, we can't help but feel so grateful for all of the continued help and support that we have received from our community over the years. We are very proud of our history and all of the assistance that we are able to provide burn survivors. This would not be possible without you all. 

Thank you and wishing everyone a great 2016! 


Upcoming Fundraiser Events


FFBI & SFRA Mardi Gras Crab Feed 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

This year's Mardi Gras Crab Feed will be held Saturday, March 5th at the St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova. Don't forget to wear your best Mardi Gras costume. 

Your support allows us to continue to provide important programs and services to adult and children burn survivors!


... And Then...

Special presale tickets will be sold at just $40 and will be available exclusively in February and March. Don't wait until the prices go up!

Discount tickets will also be available for purchase at the Boot Drive (Feb 11-14) and the Crab Feed (March 5).


Now Accepting Applications
for the 2016 Firefighters Kids Camp!

2016 Camp Dates: Sunday, July 17th – Saturday, July 23rd



We welcome all young burn survivors ages 7-17 to join us at Firefighters Kids Camp, Sunday, July 17th – Saturday, July 23rd. Many fun activities such as rock climbing, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts and even a Big Dance, await our campers at this year’s camp. It will be a summer of fun, adventure and friendship as we embrace the camp theme, “Around the World!” in our camp activities. Contact Programs Manager, Ka Vue at 916-739-8525 with any questions.

We look forward to seeing many returning campers as well as many new faces. 



We would like to thank the many dedicated folks who volunteer each year to serve young burn survivors at Firefighters Kids Camp. This special program would not be possible without all of you. This year we welcome back all of our counselors from 2015 and also hope that you will join us. The opportunity to share a week with young burn survivors, be touched by their stories of courage, and to positively contribute to their growing minds is a priceless experience.

We invite you to be a part of the camp magic and to apply to be a camp counselor today!


Safety Fair

Join us for our FREE Safety Fair and Fire Department Demonstrations on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 11:00am - 2:00pm.  


The Firefighters "Fill the Boot for Burns" Boot Drive Safety Fair is a great place to bring your family and learn valuable safety information.  This free event will be held in the Sunrise Mall parking lot on the corner of Sunrise Blvd. & Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

Come and join us for this FREE, FUN, FAMILY event! For more information please contact Hilary Ingram at (916) 531-7226 or 

Note: This event is held weather permitting.


Attractions include: 

  • Helicopter Landings,
  • Rappelling Demonstrations,
  • Jaws of Life Demonstrations,
  • Fire Engine & Ambulance Displays,
  • Clowns, Face Painting, Games 
  • Give-Aways!

Firefighter & Burn Survivor Recovery Cruise!

April 18-22, 2016

Join burn survivors, firefighters, friends & family on this four-night cruise to Catalina Island & Ensenada, Mexico. 50 cabins reserved!


Events Calendar

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Barbecue with the Burgess Brothers

January 29 - Feb 15
11am - 4pm

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February 11-14   

Firefighters "Fill the Boot for Burns"
Citrus Heights, CA


March 5

FFBI & SFRA Mardi Gras Crab Feed
Rancho Cordova, CA


April 18-22

Firefighter & Burn Survivor Recovery Cruise


May 2-6

American Burn Association Conference
Las Vegas, NV


May 3

Big Day Of Giving


June 25

5th Annual Firefighters "A Tropical Affair"
Sacramento, CA


June 25

Napa Firefighters Association 39th Annual Abalone Dive Fundraiser
Albion, CA


July 17-23

Firefighters Kids Camp
Livermore, CA


October 7

3rd Alarm Chili Cook-Off
Sacramento, CA