The University of British Columbia Division of Plastic Surgery
Vancouver, BC, Canada

© 2017 University of British Columbia Division of Plastic Surgery. All photographs and content are the property of the Division.

All people pictured are staff or trainees of the program. MWE.

BC PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS

BURN FUND

Each year almost 700 children and adults from around B.C. are admitted to the Burn Units at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital suffering serious burns. The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to them, and works to save all British Columbians from a similar trauma.

The Burn Fund is the charitable arm of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and was established as a registered charity in 1978. More than 3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-three communities in British Columbia and the Yukon are building the Burn Fund’s vision. They dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase public awareness of fire and burn safety issues through the Burn Fund’s  research, support and prevention programs. 

The UBC Division of Plastic Surgery is dedicated to the support and advocacy of the BC Firefighters' Burn Fund.

On March 18, 2016, the Burn Fund Centre opened. The centre provides:

  • 8 short-term-stay, furnished accommodation suites for patients and families while undergoing treatment at VGH or Children’s Hospital, on discharge transition or returning for follow up appointments

  • Common spaces for all guests; a family friendly great room, children’s play area, large family kitchen, laundry facilities, computer stations, resource and games library, secure outdoor spaces, and healing garden with plants chosen for their burn injury-friendly qualities

  • Information, Referrals & Subsidies for Child, Youth & Adult Burn Survivors

  • “Future Is Mine”—Adult Burn Survivor Program

  • Young Burn Survivor – Summer Camp

  • Burn & Safety Awareness Educational Resources & Programs

  • BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association & Burn Fund Administration Offices

  • Ground Floor includes 3,100 square feet of prime retail space—a social venture to support the building’s operations