Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Aids Burn Survivors

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In 2020 alone, California experienced a record number of fires, 8,1112 with 1,443,152 acres burned. Homes, buildings, communities, and wildlife were destroyed. The often untold story is the most painful: individuals who suffer life-altering burns. The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is dedicated to educating the public and improving the lives of those most affected by burn injuries. 

 The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, or AARBF, is a non-profit, volunteer-oriented organization located ?.  1,700 volunteers and they average about $1,000,000 in donations per year. 

 The AARBF’s mission is to reduce significantly the number of burn injuries through prevention education, by partnering with local firefighters and hospital staff to educate people about fires and burns.

 The AARBF also provides recreational and emotional programs along with financial assistance to burn victims and their families. The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation helps raise awareness for burn survivors and how people can help them with both physical and emotional scars. Every summer the AARBF holds a camp called Camp Champ. This camp is for burn survivors ages 5-16. The AARBF website states, “kids can be together free from stares in a safe environment with their peers.”   

 Mr. Kozicki, a Battalion Chief from Santa Fe Springs Firehouse #1, has volunteered with the foundation for approximately 10 years. He became involved when he wanted to help burn survivors and raise awareness.

The AARBF partners with local burn centers and firefighter stations all over California. The foundation helps over 1,000 burn survivors and their families. The foundation annually provides over 50,000 Californians with education about fires and burn prevention. They also partner with firefighters who are highly trained, always ready to respond to fight the most dangerous fires, and project life, property, and the environment. 

In an interview with the Matador Messenger, Mr. Kozicki stated he has been sponsoring Burn Relays. Burn Relays are a group of firefighters, EMTs, and police officers, and their families that travel from fire station to fire station holding brief ceremonies, collecting donations for the foundation. In larger “Burn Relays”, multiple fire trucks, EMS, and police units are escorted by the highway patrol. All of the money from these “Burn Relays” is donated to support AARBF activities.  

The AARBF partners with local burn centers and firefighter stations all over California. The foundation helps over 1,000 burn survivors and their families. The foundation annually provides over 50,000 Californians with education about fires and burn prevention. They also partner with firefighters who are highly trained, always ready to respond to fight the most dangerous fires, and project life, property, and the environment. 

According to nfpa.org,  we can all take simple steps to minimize the possibility of an effect of building fires fire responders recommend having two different emergency escape plans for your home and having survival supplies ready. For additional information about fire safety and preparedness visit nfpa.org