December 30, 2005

Burn Institute Awarded Grant For Spanish-Language Fire and Burn Prevention Program

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (Fireman’s Fund) has awarded the Burn Institute a $25,000 grant to fund a Latino Fire and Burn Prevention Education Program. The program will provide school and community based fire and burn prevention programs in Spanish to Latino children throughout San Diego County. While approximately 27 percent of San Diego’s population is Latino, they make up more than half of all childhood admissions at the University of California San Diego Regional Burn Center.

“Statistically Latino children represent the highest percentage of childhood burn injuries in the county,” said Burn Institute executive director James Floros. “This grant will enable us to print more fire and burn prevention literature in Spanish and focus additional educational efforts in predominantly Latino communities throughout San Diego County.”

The Burn Institute was nominated for this grant by a local Fireman’s Fund employee, Margaret Atterbury, who is based in the company’s San Diego office. Fireman’s Fund employees and independent agents can direct grants to, and volunteer at, local fire departments, national firefighter organizations and fire and burn prevention non-profit organizations through the Fireman’s Fund Heritage program.

“It’s been an incredible experience to work with and support the Burn Institute,” said Atterbury. “It has truly been an honor to get to know the Institute’s team of dedicated people and learn more about the important services they provide to residents of all ages.”

The employee grant and participation program is called the “Bucket Brigade,” evoking a time when citizens formed a line to pass buckets of water to fight fires. In addition to directing grants through the Fireman’s Fund Heritage Bucket Brigade program, employees and the employees of agencies offering Fireman’s Fund products are encouraged to volunteer at local fire departments.

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