Responding To The Call The Road to Recovery The Need for Education
Reaching Out Burn Prevention Burn Treatment
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Responding To The Call

Each year Nova Scotia Firefighters receive thousands of emergency calls. Well trained firefighters respond to the problem as quickly as possible. But the commitment and dedication to the injured do not end when the emergency is under control and trucks are back in the station.

In 1983, eight firefighters founded the Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society. The aim of this charitable organization is to raise money for the victims of burn injury. The Society, with the help and participation of firefighters throughout Nova Scotia, holds special fund raising events. The annual Bowl-a-Thon, where hundreds of firefighters, burn care nurses, burn support groups and their families travel to Halifax for a fun day of bowling, is just one.

The proceeds from the events are used to fulfill special requests from the Victoria General Hospital and the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital For Children -- the two burn treatment centres in Nova Scotia. As well, the Society is involved with the Nova Scotia Burn Support Group. This volunteer organization is comprised of serious burn victims to share experiences and to discuss how to cope with the physical and emotional needs resulting from burn injuries. 



Cheque presentation, from the Maritime Quarter Horse Association Ride Program

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The Road to Recovery

Approximately 60 adults and 40 children are treated annually at the province's two burn treatment centres. In these cases burns cover anywhere from 5 to 100 percent of the body. Teams of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and support staff work around the clock to help the patients recover. Specialized, highly technological equipment is also needed. The equipment is expensive and funding is limited.

Since its founding, the Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society has purchased much needed equipment for the hospitals' burn treatment centres.

In 1988, the only skin bank facility in Atlantic Canada was installed at the Victoria General Hospital with the Society's assistance. The initial cost of this unit was $55,000. The skin bank enables the hospital to store donors' skin, which is then used to cover burn victims' exposed areas. The grafted skin assists the body's healing process by covering the burned areas to protect them from infection.

Other equipment purchased by the Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society includes Clinitron beds, which aid in the healing of skin graft surgery and makes the patient as comfortable as possible, heart monitors, and a computer to assist occupational therapists design special pressure sensitive bandages to cover burned limbs.



Recognizing the Need for Education

Another objective of the Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society is to educate people about burn victims.

In addition to buying hospital equipment, the Society also responds to requests for educational tools. The Society has helped to establish a burn library at the Victoria General Hospital by supplying books and audio-visual equipment.


They have hosted professional seminars in the Atlantic region and have sent hospital staff from the Victoria General Hospital and the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital For Children to seminars in other areas of Canada and the United States.


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Reaching Out

The Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society's motto is "Taking Pride In Helping Others". However, the Society also needs help - your help.

The Society cannot continue to fulfill its goals without the financial support of the community. As well as sponsoring fund-raising events, you can make donations by contacting your local fire department or the Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society.

Organ donation is another important way you can help. Facilities such as the skin bank are able to operate only with donations. Like other body organs, skin can be donated. Think about it. Discuss it with your family

If you wish to make a donation, remember to fill out the organ donor card and specify your request for skin donation on your driver's license.



Burn Prevention

There are many ways you can help protect yourself and your family from burn injury. Teach family members the importance of caution when dealing with open flames, hot liquids or electricity and prevent burns from occurring.

- Equip your home with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Check regularly to ensure they are operating properly.

- Avoid deep-fry cooking with oil. When a necessity, use thermostatically controlled deep fat frying equipment.

- Keep portable heaters in safe locations.

- Turn down temperature on home hot water heating tanks.

- Make sure children's pajamas are flame resistant.



Burn Treatment

Knowing how to treat burns is just as important as knowing how to prevent them. In most situations, use the following guidelines:

Treat minor burns with cool water and seek medical attention if necessary. Do not apply butter, creams, lotions, or ointments to the burned area.

If clothing is ignited, remember these three steps: Stop, Drop, and Roll. Once flames are extinguished remember to remove jewelry, belt buckles, rubber-soled shoes, and any other items that may retain heat causing further damage to the victim.




A.F.F National Children's Burn Camp
Firefighters recognized for burn care efforts (Sunday Herald, October 31, 1999)
A Profile of a Benefactor
Thank You for Helping Me Be Me
$43,000 Raised for Burn Care
Weekend Retreat for Burn Survivors
Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre Dedicates Burn Unit
1999 Summer Burn Camp
2000 Summer Burn Camp
Nova Scotia Burn Support Group at The World Burn Congress, 1999
Donation from Lakeside Fire Station
The Daily News - NS Firefighters Burn Treatment Society in pdf
The Daily News NS Firefighters Burn Treatment Society's Burn Camp in pdf

Cornerstone Article (QEII newsletter - May 2002)



Our Board


Executive Associate Directors
Chair - David Collier
Department Of National Defense Firefighter
Albert Hannah
Maitland Fire Department
Vice-Chair - Doug Castel
Retired Firefighter
Martin Walsh
Kennetcook Fire Department
Secretary/Treasurer - Jim Benoit - Captain HRM  
Dave Gorton - Retired Firefighter Blaise Mattie - Fire Fighter HRM
Robert Cohoon - Utility Worker Trevor Mattie - Fire Fighter DND
Gary Gaudet - Fire Fighter HRM Dewer MacDougall - Fire Fighter HRM
Robert Hanley - Retired Corrections Canada Frank Savage - Retired Fire Marshal
Clayton Horne - Airport Handler Richard Shirley - Firefighter - HRM
Brad Little - Truck Driver  


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