Dozens of teen burn survivors came to Washington, DC for the International Burn Camp hosted by the IAFF Foundation Oct. 7-12. Professional fire fighter counselors provided mentorship to burn campers during the one-week experience.

The teens had a jam-packed week of activities and toured the Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show in Baltimore, Md., a local DC firehouse, and visited several Smithsonian museums and monuments.#IAFFBurnCamp18


  • More than 450,000 people in North America suffer burn injuries each year.
  • 75 percent of burns to children under four years old are scalds.
  • 4,000 people die from fire and burn injuries each year in the U.S.
  • The IAFF Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $2.7 million to burn research since 1982.
  • An estimated 2,500 children attend 50 regional burn camps each year.
  • Since 1995, more than 1,000 teens have attended the International Burn Camp.


See IAFF General President Harold Schatiberger discuss the importance of #IAFFBurnCamp18.

See IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Edward Kelly discuss the importance of #IAFFBurnCamp18.

DeAnna Cowan and Laura Vey discuss what’s it like to travel internationally to .

Hailey Flickinger and Cathy Browning discuss what they like best about .

Seeing through the eyes of her mentee made the experience worthwhile says counselor Kendra Shaw.

Laura Vey, camp counselor, says allows broader discussion on how to treat injuries similar to burns.

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