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Did you see? We added some new gear to our online store! Sweatshirts, breathable trucker hats in blue and black, long lasting silicone oven mitts to protect yourself when grilling and cooking, DCFFBF decals and more. Visit the store and your orders today - all proceeds benefit the Foundation. www.dcffburnfoundation.org/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less

Did you see? We added some new gear to our online store! Sweatshirts, breathable trucker hats in blue and black, long lasting silicone oven mitts to protect yourself when grilling and cooking, DCFFBF decals and more. Visit the store and your orders today - all proceeds benefit the Foundation. https://www.dcffburnfoundation.org/shop/Image attachmentImage attachment

We have officially started our online store - starting with our face masks! Washable, lightweight with soft elastic over the ears for comfort and mesh inside for breathability. Ours also feature a filter pocket....Get yours today! www.dcffburnfoundation.org/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less

We have officially started our online store - starting with our face masks! Washable, lightweight with soft elastic over the ears for comfort and mesh inside for breathability. Ours also feature a filter pocket....Get yours today!  https://www.dcffburnfoundation.org/shop/Image attachment

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Me too!!💕

These are the best masks! Super comfortable fabric - highly recommend them! Perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas in the time of Covid!

I saw someone biking in Bowie with one on about a month ago and I was wondering how to get my hands on one 👍

Wearing mine!😷

We are so proud of all the firefighters with whom we work, especially our Board, who volunteer their time to serve on the Foundation. Today, our very own Jason Woods, saved several four legged friends battling a fire in DC, please give him a Like for his hard work!‪Local 36 members are often called to work in extreme conditions. Fighting a fire on an excessively hot day is very dangerous for our members. Extreme temperatures inside the fire and high outside temperatures make it harder for their bodies to cool down after extinguishing a fire which in turn places more strain on their cardiovascular system.

The members, however, always answer the call and today managed to help 6 dogs out of this fire on K St. NW just a few hours ago.

We hope everyone stays safe in this heat!

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We are so proud of all the firefighters with whom we work, especially our Board, who volunteer their time to serve on the Foundation. Today, our very own Jason Woods, saved several four legged friends battling a fire in DC, please give him a Like for his hard work!

Comment on Facebook ‪Local 36 members ...

Rescue; rescue; run; rescue; run more... Exits building; sees camera; initiates side curtsy... ...photographer springs into action snapping the perfect picture of our boy Jason Woods mid-gasp, throwing out a “Heyyyyyyyy”

Congratulations Jason

Looking good Jason Woods!

Way to go great job!

THANK YOU JASON!🐾 🖤❤️🖤🐾

A fabulous hero!!!!

Awesome Jason!

Saw this on the news!!! Wonderful !!!

Is there gonna be a calendar????

You're the man Jason Woods!!!

Love this!!!

Love it!

Love it!!!

Way to go Jason Woods

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Have you been sitting at home doing a lot of online shopping during #COVID19? If so, your shopping can help the Foundation!

Amazon Smile donates a percentage of applicable sales to charity - it only takes a minute to sign up! Just go to smile.amazon.com/
and find the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation in the drop down menu. We appreciate any and all support. All funds go toward our burn education and programming. Happy Shopping!
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Have you been sitting at home doing a lot of online shopping during #COVID19? If so, your shopping can help  the Foundation! 

Amazon Smile donates a percentage of applicable sales to charity - it only takes a minute to sign up! Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/
and find the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation in the drop down menu. We appreciate any and all support. All funds go toward our burn education and programming. Happy Shopping!
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Have you been sitting at home doing a lot of online shopping during #COVID19? If so, your shopping can help  the Foundation! 

Amazon Smile donates a percentage of applicable sales to charity - it only takes a minute to sign up! Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/
and find the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation in the drop down menu. We appreciate any and all support. All funds go toward our burn education and programming. Happy Shopping!
Amazing drawing from British artist Banksy
Saying a big thank you to all the amazing nurses we know on #NationalNursesDay. Today, more than ever, we are so grateful for all health care professionals who are putting their lives on the line to protect us each and every day. Thank a nurse - and a healthcare professional - today and every day!!
We've received a lot of queries about how to help the nurses, doctors and heroes at the hospitals we support. While the best way is to donate to the Foundation and note "COVID-19" in the donation space, we will be bringing you several deals and offers over the next few weeks, a percentage of sales will benefit the Foundation. We know not everyone can afford "extras" right now, but if you can, and are shopping, please consider some of our deals. Wines for Humanity provides us with great in-home tastings for silent auction prizes at our Night of the Market. THIS WEEKEND ONLY they are offering 40% wine (use code BIG40!) at a percentage of sales go to the Foundation. But please use this link: https://www.winesforhumanity.com/winetime
We continue to support our friends at @ChildrensNationalHospital during these unpredictable times! The medical staffs at every hospital are doing whatever they can to support patients. This week we provided the staff of the Surgical Care Unit and the physical and occupational therapists with #TacoTuesday from delicious District Taco. Thank you to all the medical staff and first responders, we will get through this together!
We continue to support our friends at @ChildrensNationalHospital during these unpredictable times! The medical staffs at every hospital are doing whatever they can to support patients. This week we provided the staff of the Surgical Care Unit and the physical and occupational therapists with #TacoTuesday from delicious District Taco. Thank you to all the medical staff and first responders, we will get through this together!
To some of us, this past month feels like a year. But it was just a few months ago that we were selling Christmas trees at The Salt Line to benefit the Foundation. Together, we raised more than $11K selling trees, wreaths and ornaments. We look forward to holding this fundraiser this winter AND supporting our restaurant partners when it is safe!
We are excited to announce Erin Como Fox 5 DC as our Night at the Market Gala emcee this year! Erin is an anchor and reporter at Fox 5 News in Washington DC. Through her role at Fox 5, she has made lasting ties in the DMV community.  She is a proud supporter of area Police, Fire and EMT officials and helps honor them through her work with Fox 5's First Responder Fridays. She has also served as emcee for multiple local police and fire events. We are thrilled Erin will be part of this great night .... Purchase your tickets today! http://bit.ly/BurnGala2020
Registration opens in just two days!
Today's story is a returnee to Adaptive Sports Center, you might remember Massachusetts firefighter Joe Kalinowski's story from 2016. 

Four years ago, Joe Kalinowski came to Adaptive a different man. “I was burned in 2012 and about one year after my family noticed I really started to change – and not for the good.” 

Joe was injured in a multiple home building fire and was trapped when the roof collapsed. He suffered 3rd degree burns to his head, right shoulder and upper back, all of which required skin grafts with 2nd degree burns to the back and right arm. 

He went back to work, but it was way too early both physically and mentally.

“I would work for a bit, have a procedure, come back, it’s what I thought I had to do. I was not getting a lot of support from my Department, but I loved my job. I loved being a firefighter. My family eventually told me things had to change and I had to get help, but I didn’t want to let my department know. As an officer, I wanted to lead by example, so I put my face on and did my job. Outwardly I was fine.” 

Help came in the way of Lionel Crowther, who was speaking at fire chiefs conference. They immediately hit it off and Lionel told him about World Burn and Adaptive. 

Joe was getting help but was still struggling and even diagnosed with PTSD. So, in 2016, things finally worked out for him to go to Adaptive. 

“It was fantastic, it was just what I needed. Being able to talk to what I went through to people who experienced similar or worse than me, it was incredible. I made a lot of friends that week that I still keep in touch with.”

Joe wishes he could have come back sooner but is thrilled to be back in Crested Butte. “Last time I came because I needed help, this time I came because I have something to give and offer. I still need help, but now I am in a better place.” 

He is also appreciative for all that the DCFF Burn Foundation has done for him, “Nothing would be possible without these guys. What they do for firefighters is amazing, they do things for people they don’t know outside of the department. Doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, they are here to help you.”
Today's story is 27-year-old David Northup, another second-generation firefighter. His uncle was a Battalion Chief and he began a full-time career with Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), who fight all types of fires, but focus on wildland fires. 

“It’s a tough job. We work three days on, four days off, but I have been gone from home for weeks at a time. One time I was gone forty days.” 

The LA native and former college baseball player was based out of Redbluff (just south of Redding, CA and north of Sacramento) but was fighting a walnut orchard fire an hour east of Stockton when he was burned. 

“I was actually supposed to go home the day I got burned. It was a completely normal day. We were working on the fire for a couple of hours and the hillside completely collapsed, I fell into an ash pit.” 

David self-rescued, “I pulled myself out of the pit, and then went into shock. I thought I was fine.” 

Once he took his boots off, he discovered he was blistering. He said it was different on scene when it is a firefighter who’s burned. “People were using all the water we could get our hands on.”

David was flown to UC Davis and was in the hospital for four days. “I landed, was wheeled into the ER and these guys from the Firefighters Burn Institute (out of Sacramento) where there and told me they were there to take care of me. The support was incredible.”

There were 2nd degree burns covering his legs from his boot lines down, completely wrapped around his leg. “The burns went all around my calves. Due to the lack of blood, they told me I could possibly lose my leg(s). On day two, I could barely stand up due to the lack of blood flow, which caused me to be in a wheelchair for two weeks.”

Eventually, David went back to work around five weeks later. “Physically, I was cleared to go back, but mentally, that wasn’t the case. I was still in denial about being burned. I was also losing my mind sitting at home. I wanted to get back right away both to firefighting and to my life, I wanted to take my dog Ace to the lake, just be back to normal.” 

Around six weeks after going back, he met Lionel Crowther at World Burn and heard about Adaptive and it’s been life changing. “There was no feeling like being back at the station and back among firefighters. There is no other connection like the one we have. We know what it is like and can relate to each other. I know I am not alone in this.”
Today's Firefighter Burn Survivor Week profile is Chris Zimmerman from Canada. For Chris, firefighting was in his blood. His father was Fire Chief at Kelowna, a town of about 150,000 people three hours east of Vancouver, and he knew it was always something he wanted to do. Firefighting was second nature to him. 

Which is why in July of 2017, he realized something was off with the smoke during an apartment fire his engine was battling. His company was called to a five-story structural fire of an apartment complex being built, so there was no water supply in there and his engine planned to haul equipment up from the 3rd floor. As he and his team were exploring the building, they were asked to drop down a floor as the fire was just in the roof. 

As he stopped and noticed what he called, “weird smoke,” the roof started to collapse. “I got down one floor and saw a big fireball coming at me, so I turned to run. I went to grab my radio to put out a Mayday, I didn’t think I was getting out.” 

Chris took his gloves off to feel around in order to find his radio, Suddenly, conditions drastically changed. “The fireball blew me up to the ceiling, then back to the floor. My hands were on fire since I had dumped my gloves.” 

He finally caught up with his team and they could barely see each other, “everything was on fire, there was so much smoke. We were four floors up, but the outside ladders only go three floors high.” 

Chris’s team was finally rescued, but his hands were completely burned, “it looked like I had two rubber gloves hanging off my hands. I went to the hospital and I had not only 2nd and 3rd degree burns to my hands, but I had 2nd degree burns around the top of where my boot would be as well as my back and ear.” 

After a few weeks in the hospital, Chris went home and had extensive physical therapy. His skin did grow back about 15 months after his incident and he underwent 11 surgeries in a year. 

“It was really tough to be dependent on other people, especially for basic, daily tasks. I had to ask for help, which was a challenge. My son turned a year right after I got hurt. It wasn’t easy, but it drove me harder to get better.” 

He then met Lionel Crowther at a conference, and shared stories about their injuries and experiences, which led him to Adaptive. “So far, this has been pretty awesome. You can explain what happened to people who ask, it’s one thing to understand – or try to understand it – and it’s another thing to have been through it which is why Adaptive is invaluable.”
Each year, during Firefighters Burn Survivors Week, we bring you the real life stories of the firefighters who are participating in the week long experience at Adaptive Sports Center. To kick off our 2020 week, it's Fresno, California Fire Captain Pete Dern. 

He was living – in his opinion – a great life. The former Army helicopter pilot was in his 28th year as a Fresno firefighter, serving on one of the busiest trucks in the country. When he wasn’t working, he was spending time with his wife of (now) 30 years and his daughter and enjoying taking care of house projects, working with his hands. In fact, he spent time volunteering in New Orleans rebuilding houses after Hurricane Katrina. 

But almost five years ago, Captain Dern’s life changed drastically when responding to a routine house fire. Being on truck, one of his jobs was to ventilate the house and he was on the roof when it caved it. The roof was unsupported and Pete went directly into the fire. 

“It was minutes, but it felt like forever. The guys dragged me out, the biggest guy in my department just picked me up and ran with me.” 

Pete suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns over 70 percent of his body, “The burns were down to the muscle and bone, only my feet and face were spared. The mask melted to my face and it had to be cut off.” 

Pete was in the Fresno Burn Center for over a year, “The support from my community, firehouse, and family was incredible. I couldn’t sleep in the hospital. It would be 3 in the morning and someone was there 24/7.”

His hands were severely burnt, and he had to relearn nearly everything. In five years, Pete underwent 88 surgeries. 

“This is the first year that I’ve been physically able to come out to Adaptive and I am so grateful. What I really wanted to do is spend time with the guys again, laugh about stupid things. It does not matter where you live or where you are from – firefighters are brothers. I miss going to work. I miss the camaraderie.” 

Pete grew up skiing so he is looking forward to getting back out there. “Skiing is one of the few things I can do – although I am curious as to how I am going to hold the ski poles. Right now, I am using duct tape, my hands are a disaster, but I cannot wait to get down that mountain.” 

What Pete is most looking forward to out of Adaptive is to bring home a little spark of life again. “Things have been pretty hard, this is fun, this is exciting and makes you feel alive again.” 
 
Learn more about Pete's journey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp6AgDtV4BQ
Get your tickets for our Night at the Market Gala on Saturday, April 18 and feast on food from some of the area's best restaurants! Enjoy hearty bites from Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, The Salt Line, The Dubliner, Acqua al 2, Present Company, Primrose DC The Liberty Tavern and desserts from Ted's Bulletin along with an open bar, music from TRILOGY BAND and our silent auction with one of a kind experiences and trips!  

http://bit.ly/BurnGala2020
Come support the DC Fire Hockey team on Saturday, January 25th at 8:30 PM in Laurel, MD as they take on the Capitol Hockey Club (US Capitol Police) and support Ben Adams, DC Fire Hockey #21. All proceeds will go to Ben and his family to help with medical bills as he prepares for a kidney transplant. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Fresh cut Christmas trees at The Salt Line.
Come on down today (Saturday) until 3 PM and get your tree and warm drink (with tree purchase). Trees of all sizes available, wreaths and Foundation ornaments too!!
It's that time of year! The holidays are upon us and your tree will not be complete without your 2019 DCFFBF Holiday Ornament. Ornaments are $20/each and shipping is $5 (up to five ornaments).

Get yours today! http://bit.ly/2019XmasOrnaments
We love our partners and friends Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company! Today they presented us a check for $4,100 from this fall's annual Pig Roast and Hot Sauce Contest. We are grateful for long lasting partnerships such as this one and look forward to continued working together!
Save the Date! Our 2020 Night at the Market Gala date is set: Saturday April 18 at the North Hall Eastern Market.Tickets go on sale in January!

Get ready to dance to the sounds of Trilogy, taste the food from some of your favorite DC restaurants and bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items to benefit the Foundation!
It’s that time of year again. Today we are hosting our annual Fire and Burn Prevention today with our friends Children’s National Hospital and DC Fire And EMS.
Watch us Wednesday September 11, at 10:50 AM on Fox 5 DC talk about our upcoming event with Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company. We will be making hot sauce with Erin Como Fox 5 DC and talking about the event - all proceeds benefit the Foundation! 

Get your tickets (and set your DVRs) today: http://bit.ly/2lGFw43
Can you bring the heat and impress Cori Coffin FOX 5 DC with your hot sauce for the 6th annual Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company Hot Sauce Contest and Pig Roast!? Cori is this year's media judge and will help us pick the hot sauce winners - so show us (and her) what you have! 

You can use peppers from the Rocklands pepper garden - just submit your hot sauce in person by Sept 18. 

Get your tickets to this event in advance as it will sell out! $35 in advance, $40 at the door! All proceeds benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation: https://6thannualpigroastfundraiser.eventbrite.com
Bring the kids to the 6th annual Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company Hot Sauce Contest and Pig Roast on Thursday, Sept 19! Our friends at Arlington County Fire Department will have a fire truck out for the kids (and adults) for photo ops. Get your tickets today: https://6thannualpigroastfundraiser.eventbrite.com
Our annual Dewey Beach fundraiser at the The Starboard Restaurant was a success - raising more than $6K for the Foundation! We appreciate this long standing partnership and look forward to another great event in summer 2020!
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas in July fundraiser for Children's National Medical Center. It was a packed house at The Pub & The People! Congrats to our raffle winners who won awesome Foundation swag and thank you to everyone who donated toys and money for the pediatric patients at Children’s!
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas in July fundraiser for Children's National Medical Center. It was a packed house at The Pub & The People! Congrats to our raffle winners who won awesome Foundation swag and thank you to everyone who donated toys and money for the pediatric patients at Children’s!
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas in July fundraiser for Children's National Medical Center. It was a packed house at The Pub & The People! Congrats to our raffle winners who won awesome Foundation swag and thank you to everyone who donated toys and money for the pediatric patients at Children’s!
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas in July fundraiser for Children's National Medical Center. It was a packed house at The Pub & The People! Congrats to our raffle winners who won awesome Foundation swag and thank you to everyone who donated toys and money for the pediatric patients at Children’s!
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas in July fundraiser for Children's National Medical Center. It was a packed house at The Pub & The People! Congrats to our raffle winners who won awesome Foundation swag and thank you to everyone who donated toys and money for the pediatric patients at Children’s!
Don't forget to bring your unwrapped, unisex toy to The Pub & The People tomorrow, July 17, for our Christmas in July Happy Hour to benefit pediatric patients at Children's National Medical Center. 

Happy Hour goes from 5-8. $10 at the door gets you food/drink specials and the unwrapped toy enters you in a raffle drawing for some cool door prizes. See you there!
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