Burn Fund

The IAFF Foundation’s Burn Fund is dedicated to fire prevention and burn awareness education, advocacy and research and improving the quality of life for burn survivors.​

Through generous donations from IAFF members and caring individuals and organizations, the Burn Fund has provided millions of dollars in funding to burn research, hospital burn centers and other burn prevention and educational activities that have resulted in measurable improvements in burn treatment techniques and in the quality of life for burn survivors of all ages.

For more information about the IAFF Burn Fund, email [email protected].

Donate to the Burn Fund through the IAFF Foundation.

The IAFF Foundation Burn Fund hosts the International Burn Camp, sponsors adult burn survivor retreats and educational workshops for burn camp directors and counselors and provides direct financial assistance to regional burn camps in need.​ Held annually in Washington, DC, the IAFF International Burn Camp is a life-changing opportunity for burn survivors ages 13-15 and the fire fighters/camp counselors who work to make a difference in the lives of these young people. The all-expenses paid, week-long camp helps burn survivors understand that they are not alone and that there is a larger support system for them.​

Regional Burn Camp Director List

International Burn Camp 2022 – Photos

Burn Injury Assistance Application

Of all the injuries that a fire fighter may suffer, none is more traumatic than a severe burn injury. When an IAFF member or their immediate family member suffers a burn injury, the Burn Fund provides financial assistance for temporary emergency expenses.​​

Burn Fund Assistance

Burn Fund assistance may be awarded for the purpose of providing financial assistance for temporary emergency expenses when an IAFF member and/or a member of their immediate family (spouse and children) suffer a burn injury which requires admission to a burn center, resulting in a financial hardship. Disbursements shall only be granted for immediate travel, housing, food, medical supplies, services, and other similar assistance as deemed necessary.

Burn Fund Assistance Application Form

IAFF Fire Fighter Burn Injury Notification Protocol

  1. Local president will notify the appropriate District Vice President.
  2. District Vice President will then notify the Assistant to the General President for Health, Safety and Medicine Division and/or the Chief of Staff, as well as the IAFF Burn Fund Coordinator and the District Burn Coordinator.
  3. District Burn Coordinator notifies the local’s point of contact.

Burn Fund Assistance Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be current IAFF member at the time the burn injury occurred.
  2. The burn injury required admission to a burn center. Funds are NOT awarded for minor injuries that do not require admission to a burn center.
  3. The member’s and/or a member of their immediate family’s (spouse and children) eligibility shall be based solely on need as determined by the Chair of the IAFF Foundation after review of the information provided by the local president and the District Vice President.

Burn Fund Assistance Application Process

  1. All applications for Burn Fund assistance must be submitted within 14 days from the date of the burn injury using the IAFF Burn Fund Assistance Application Form.
  2. All applications shall be submitted through the IAFF member’s local president. The IAFF local president shall verify the accuracy of the member’s claim for Burn Fund assistance.
  3. Verified applications for Burn Fund assistance shall be forwarded to the IAFF District Vice President.

Burn Fund Assistance Approval Process

The Chair of the IAFF Foundation, after review of the submitted application from the District Vice President, shall provide assistance.

Burn Injury Peer Support

Working in conjunction with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, the IAFF has developed the Survivors Offering Assistance to Recovery (SOAR) program specifically for firefighters and their immediate family. This peer support group links a trained fire fighter burn survivor with the fire fighter and the family to assist in the recovery process. A children’s program is also available to focus on the child’s well-being and comfort.

Contact Information

If you need further information, or cannot access the application form on our website, contact [email protected].

Fire Fighter Peer Support

To support burn-injured IAFF members on their path to healing and recovery, the IAFF Foundation has partnered with The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and the University of Kentucky to develop Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery), which offers one-on-one, confidential support from a trained fire fighter peer supporter and helps connect those facing new burn injuries with fire fighters and family members who have been through the experience. It is currently available in 60 partner hospitals and burn centers across the United States and Canada.

Tom Flamm: Chicago, IL Local 2 (retired)
IAFF Burn Coordinator
(202) 824-8620 (Work)
[email protected]

Ron Kressman: Greenburgh, NY Local 1586 (retired)
1st District Coordinator
Represents: New Jersey and New York
(914) 774-6128 (Cell)
[email protected]

Dave Doherty: Kansas City, KS Local 42
2nd District Coordinator
Represents: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
(913) 593-1014 (Cell)
[email protected]

Phil Tammaro: Billerica, MA Local 1495
3rd District Coordinator
Represents: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
(978) 502-8706 (Cell)
[email protected]

Jason Woods: Washington, DC Local 36
4th District Coordinator
Represents: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
(202) 528-3898 (Cell)
[email protected]

Kenny Asselin: West Bend, WI Local 2025
5th District Coordinator
Represents: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
(414) 659-5362
[email protected]

Jim Fisher: Calgary, AB Local 255
6th District Coordinator
Represents: Alberta, British Columbia, NW Territory, Saskatchewan, and Yukon
(403) 472-9824 (Cell)
[email protected]

Melissa Beard: South County, WA Local 1828
7th District Coordinator
Represents: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington
(360)731-9175 (Cell)
[email protected]

Rob Kokko: Clinton Township, MI Local 1381
8th District Coordinator
Represents: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio
(586) 899-3501 (Cell)
[email protected]

Joe Brooks: Denver, CO Local 858
9th District Coordinator
Represents: Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming
(303) 681-1166 (Cell)
[email protected]

Hunter Clare: Phoenix, AZ Local 493
10th District Coordinator
Represents: Arizona, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico
(602) 369-5828 (Cell)
[email protected]

Joaquin (Jack) Criner: Lewisville, TX Local 3606
11th District Coordinator
Represents: Canal Zone, Oklahoma, and Texas
(972) 741-3126 (Cell)
[email protected]

Rusty Roberts (retired): Tallahassee, FL Local 2339
12th District Coordinator
Represents: Caribbean Area,
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
(850) 509-6200 (Cell)
[email protected]

Lionel Crowther: Winnipeg, MB Local 867
13th District Coordinator
Represents: Manitoba and Ontario
(204) 479-8506 (Cell)
[email protected]

Rick Boatwright: Chattanooga, TN Local 820
14th District Coordinator
Represents: Alabama, Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee
(423) 421-3913 (Cell)
[email protected]

Adam O’Blenes: Oromocto, NB Local 1576
15th District Coordinator
Represents: New Brunswick,
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec
(506) 999-2022 (Cell)
[email protected]

Jim Dansereau: Fort Meyer, VA F-253
16th District Coordinator
Represents: All federal fire fighters of the U.S. and Canada
(703) 606-4219 (Cell)
[email protected]

National Scald Campaign*

Five national organizations – the IAFF Foundation Burn Fund, the American Burn Association Burn Prevention Committee, the Federation of Burn Foundations, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Safe Kids Worldwide joined forces to create the National Scald Prevention Campaign. This Campaign is an innovative national program designed expressly to help fire and life safety educators, burn clinicians and injury prevention professionals reach adults with life-saving information they need to prevent scalds in and around homes. Funded by an AFG FP&S grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the scald prevention materials were developed to provide free and accurate tools for educators to use in their communities.

*Funding provided by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants through DHS/FEMA’s Program Directorate Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

Understanding Burn Care*

This website provides resources from burn organizations across the nation to use in outreach efforts with those affected by burn injuries and their families. It brings together, in one central library, tools to make services more accessible and to improve outreach opportunities. Information is provided on national organizations that have a mission to provide resources and information about burn care and recovery.​

*Funding provided by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants through DHS/FEMA’s Program Directorate Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

Youth Firesetting Repository & Evaluation System (YFIRES)*

YFIRES is a data collection and national repository project developed by the IAFF Foundation Burn Fund and funded through DHS/FEMA’s Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The goal of this project is to create a data collection tool that will assist both the fire service any non-fire service discipline invested in youth firesetting intervention programs. This project will help develop a body of information that improves the national understanding of youth firesetting behavior and the work being done by programs across the United States.

*Funding provided by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants through DHS/FEMA’s Program Directorate Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

First Responder Guide to Burn Injury Assessment and Treatment*

The IAFF Foundation Burn Fund has partnered with the American Burn Association (ABA) to develop this manual to provide fire fighters and emergency medical providers with the basic training and knowledge necessary to effectively assist those who have suffered a burn injury or cold exposure.​

*Funding provided by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants through DHS/FEMA’s Program Directorate Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

Building Construction and Fire Safety Code

The goal of this website is to educate IAFF members on the importance of participating in code writing and adoption process. IAFF members are encouraged to use their firsthand knowledge of fire behavior to help write the fire and building codes that make sure our homes and workplaces provide the highest levels of protection against fire.​ Funding for this website is provided by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants through DHS/FEMA’s Program Directorate Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

Funding for these videos is provided by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants through DHS/FEMA’s Program Directorate Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

TPP - Thermal Protective Performance of PPE to meet requirements of NFPA 1971.

Breathability Performance of Composites as it relates to NFPA 1971.

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Organohalogen Flame Retardant (OFR) Legislation

Organohalogen Flame Retardants (OFRs): Fire Service Exposures and Concerns

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Cleaning Efficacy: NFPA 1851

HVAC Training: High-Rise Fire Command Center and Smoke Control Systems

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Training

Energy Storage System Panel at 2017 Redmond/Barbera Conference

Energy Storage Systems and Lithium-Ion Batteries: The 9540A Standard

Tall Timber Building Codes and Standards

NFPA 285: Testing Combustible Facades

Benefits of Fire Sprinkler Systems in Residential Buildings

Benefits of Fire Sprinkler Systems in Commercial Buildings