Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors Rally
updated: May 06, 2014, 4:25 PM
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
On Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm, Firefighters Quest for Burn
Survivors will be hosting their 17th annual Quest Rally, traveling throughout
Santa Barbara County. The day will start in Santa Maria and finish with a BBQ at
the Santa Barbara City Fire Training Tower.
The Quest Rally occurs each year in May. During this event, the Quest Rally will
be making stops at local area fire departments, dispatch communications centers
and the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol who will be making donations. The donations
received are distributed on behalf of each donor to local burn centers and
foundations as well as burn survivors and their families.
The Santa Barbara County Quest Rally is part of a weeklong event covering
several inland and southern California counties. Last years' event raised over
$100,000. "Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors" is a non-profit organization
managed by firefighters and civilians who volunteer their services and are
dedicated to assist those that have been affected by burn injuries.
Burn injuries are devastating and can take a lifetime to heal. The physical and
emotional pain the victims suffer is something firefighters see on a regular
basis. As a result, the organization was founded in 1996 following the Southern
California Malibu Brush Fire in which six firefighters were injured due to burns
received while being entrapped in a "Firestorm". Glendale, CA firefighter Bill
Jensen received the most serious life threatening burns sustaining third degree
burns to 70% of his body. After three months of surgeries, care and treatment
and the miraculous efforts of those who cared for him, Bill beat the 5% chance
of survival and was released from the burn center on his birthday. Today, Bill
along with the other firefighters injured that day, are well on their ways back
to "normal" lives.
Through Bill's experience and that of other burn survivors, it has been noted
that while the patients care and treatment is being managed and monitored by
doctors and nurses, it is usually the families whose lives are thrown into
disarray. Through the efforts of this organization, support ranges from family
and patient visits to providing material and/or monetary donations to the
patients and/or immediate family to assist during the critical time of recovery.
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