July 16, 2019

Firefighters celebrate 30th Annual ‘Give Burns The Boot’ drive

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Fire Department will join more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to help “Give Burns the Boot” during their upcoming annual boot drive benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Weather permitting, firefighters from Heard County Fire & Emergency Services will be collecting donations on May 23, 24 and 25th, 2019 on the square in downtown Franklin, GA for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s 30th annual “Give Burns The Boot” drive.

The GFBF was founded in 1982 by a group of Dekalb County Firefighters. Over the years, the GFBF has grown to incorporate the entire state and expanded its work to include all Georgians.

In 1990, the “Give Burns The Boot” campaign was started to support the GFBF’s efforts. Since that time, firefighters across the state have continued their support by collecting more than 14.5 million dollars.

Proceeds raised driving the “Give Burns The Boot” drive help the GFBF fulfill its mission to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, support medical facilities in the care of buns in Georgia, and assist burn survivors in their recovery.

The Foundation fulfills the mission through several different programs including the Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Program, named in memory of the Gwinnett County firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The program provides funding to fire departments’ fire safety/burn prevention programs.

The foundation also works closely with both the Burn Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Each center receives grant funding each year.

The funding helps these facilities acquire equipment and send personnel to conferences on burn care treatment and rehabilitation.

Money raised by Heard County Fire & Emergency Services also goes to Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia’s only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. Last year, the camp celebrated and welcomed numerous campers. The campers experience an entire week where they get to feel like kids again, regardless of their physical features. The cost for both campers and volunteers is covered entirely by the GFBF.

Eligible campers are Georgia residents age seven to 17 who sustained a burn injury that required treatment or hospitalization at a burn center, or non‐Georgia residents who were treated in a Georgia burn center, and their siblings.

Over the past 25 years, Camp Oo-U-La programs have served over 2,000 children.

To help keep the fire fatality and burn injury rate down, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and Heard County Fire & Emergency Services along with Fire Chief Steve Wirth need your help.

When you see a firefighter on the square in downtown Franklin, GA on May 23-25, 2019, please donate. No matter how big or small the donation, the life you may help save, could be your very own.

For more information, visit www.gfbf.org.

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