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Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Local fire departments will be coming together to help raise money for firefighter burn victims. Rio Dell and Scotia Volunteer Fire Departments will be setting up roadside stations to “Fill the Boot” and support the Firefighters Burn Institute, established in 1973.

”We will have two days of our fundraising drive,” Scotia Fire Chief John Broadstock said. “You can find us Saturday March 16 and 23 in front of the Scotia Inn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rio Dell Fire Department will have crews in front of C & C Market and their fire station.”

The firefighters will be holding out a firefighter boot so donors can drive or walk by and place donations inside of it to honor the heroes who have been injured on the job. Locally, departments have seen in past years the devastation fire injuries can cause. Loss of life and lifelong injury with pain are only a few of the things that are a risk of this selfless job.

The Firefighters Burn Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 in 1973 after a 1972 plane crash into an ice cream parlor that killed 22 people and burned many others, according to the group's website. The group sought to provide burn recovery programs for survivors, fire and burn prevention education, and funding for burn treatment and rehabilitation research and training, according to the website.

The organization takes great pride in the fact that they have yearly audits to insure that each dollar raised will be used for its intended purpose and not misused.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.ffburn.org or call your local Fire Department business lines.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Members of the Scotia Fire Department come out annually to raise money for “Fill the Boot for Burns.” This year they can be found in front of the Scotia Inn, C & C Market, and the Rio Dell Fire Department on March 16 and March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m