Forty young burn survivors are forging new friendships and memories this week as they participate in the IAFF’s annual international Burn Camp.

General President Harold Schaitberger will speak to teens on their week-long visit to Washington, DC, and the group will also get to meet local fire fighters. The teens, ages 13 to 15, come from all over the U.S. and Canada to share their experiences and they are paired with professional fire fighters/camp counselors from a regional burn camp on their visit.

The week is jam-packed with activities and events. The group will tour all the historical gems in the Nation’s Capital including the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

Since it started, the IAFF Burn Foundation has awarded more than $2.5 million to burn research, making it one of the largest sources of funding for burn research grants. It is because of your support of the Burn Foundation that the IAFF and our partners can make the camp possible. Thanks for helping to make this week extra special for a courageous bunch of kids.

Over the next month, the IAFF will continue to need your support with three fitness events to help the Burn Foundation. You can sponsor or join the IAFF Burn Foundation Fitness Team that raises money for burn awareness, research and treatment.

If you are interested sign up for these events:

• Bank of America Chicago Marathon October 10, 2010

• Marine Corps Marathon October 31, 2010

• Marine Corps Marathon 10K October 31, 2010