Local fire fighters help 'Fill the Boot'

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Local fire departments joined together to help raise money for firefighter burn victims. Rio Dell and Scotia volunteer fire departments set up road side stations to 'Fill the Boot' and support the Firefighters Burn Institute which was established in 1973.

The firefighters held out a firefighters boot and donors could drive by or walk over 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.

According to Firefighters Burn Institute, "The Firefighters Burn Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization 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." The organizations goes on to explain, "FFBurn was established for the purpose of creating a local burn treatment facility, providing recovery programs for burn survivors, providing fire and burn prevention through education, funding education for burn team professionals, firefighters, burn survivors, supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research."

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.

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Photos by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Members of the Scotia Volunteer Fire Department set up their station on the Main Steet in Scotia in front of the historic Scotia Inn to maintain high visibility during their fundraising activity.