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Nelson Firefighters chip in to help burn victims

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April 14th, 2013

Fire Fighters from Nelson have contributed $10,000 towards the new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre to be built by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at 3891 Main Street in Vancouver.

They’ve been joined by locals from Burnaby, Cranbrook, Delta, Kamloops, Kelowna, North Vancouver District, Richmond, Surrey, Fort St. John, West Kelowna, Penticton and Fernie for total contributions of $850,000.

“We’ve seen firsthand that helping with accommodation for burn and trauma survivors and their families can be one of the most significant contributions to help survivors physically and emotionally recover and live a full life”,
says Mike Hurley, President of the Burn Fund.

“We’re so grateful that the Fire Fighters in Nelson have shown such leadership in helping us meet this critical need.”

The province is experiencing a critical shortfall in accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers. Patients’ health may be compromised when they have to return home sooner than medically advised or live in accommodations not suited to recovery from a burn or trauma.

Each year almost 700 children and adults from across the province are admitted to the BCPFF Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital suffering serious trauma.

Cases from outside the Lower Mainland make up 27% of cases, and 60% of those are paying for private sector accommodation for an
average of eight weeks.

The new $13.1 million Burn Fund Centre will provide eight short-term stay units to meet the critical shortfall in appropriate accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers.

The Centre will also house the offices of the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association and Burn Fund and include ground floor retail space to help fund the ongoing operation of the building.

The Burn Fund has secured 80 percent of necessary funding and is currently in the midst of a capital campaign.

Cutline: Nelson Firefighers generously donated $10,000 to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund for the new Burn Fund Centre to be built in Vancouver.
 

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