Washington, DC – Major burns change human flesh in an instant. They leave physical scars that last a lifetime and emotional wounds that can take years to heal. For teen burn survivors, learning to cope with such devastating injuries requires willpower few of us can imagine.
But these children are not alone. The International Burn Camp will host 44 children aged 13-15 in the Nation’s Capital from Sept. 21-28 for a one-week camp designed to help them come to terms with their life-altering injuries.
Reporters are encouraged to cover the inspirational stories of these children, many away from home for the first time, as they learn some history, make new friends and begin to gather the confidence they will need to succeed in life.
No one understands better than professional fire fighters the challenges facing teen burn survivors. The Burn Camp, funded by the IAFF Charitable Foundation, provides each camper with one professional fire fighter mentor donating their time for one week as they tour the sites of Washington, DC.
You are invited to join the campers at any time during the camp. We can arrange interviews with campers and counselors, and can provide photos. In addition, reporters can go to the International Burn camp Blog for a list of the campers, a schedule of events and regular updates. Please contact IAFF Press Secretary Tim Burn for more information.
DID YOU KNOW?
- More than 500,000 people suffer burn injuries each year in North America.
- 160,000 Americans receive treatment for scald injuries each year.
- 75 percent of burns to children four years old and younger are scalds.
- 4,000 people die from fire and burn injuries each year in the U.S.
- The IAFF Charitable Foundation has awarded $2.7 million to burn research since 1982.
- There are 50 regional burn camps in North America.
- An estimated 2,500 children attend burn camps each year.
- Over the past 18 years, approximately 700 children have been invited by the IAFF for a special one-week International Burn Camp in Washington, DC.
The IAFF Charitable Foundation, established by the IAFF, supports IAFF members and their families in their time of need, assisting burn survivors, helping those affected by natural disasters and providing scholarships to the children of fire fighters who have died in the line of duty. For nearly 100 years, the IAFF has made charitable efforts a cornerstone of its mission. The Burn Fund, established in 1982, is one of the largest sources for burn research grants and the sponsor of the International Burn Camp, held each fall in Washington, DC. More information is available at http://burn.iaff.org.
The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading advocate in North America for the safety and training of fire fighters and paramedics and represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect communities in every state and throughout Canada. More information is available at www.iaff.org.
Contact: Tim Burn
(202) 230-7167 (cell)