It’s a donation several years in the making. Today the Prince George Fire Department presented a cheque for $100,000 to the BC Firefighters Burn Fund.
The money has gone towards a brand new facility in Vancouver that will serve as a home away from home for burn victims traveling to the city for treatment.
A local burn victim says says it’s so important for people to have somewhere that feels like how when receiving treatment down south.
“It’s really important to know people care when you’re going through hell. It makes a big difference, I know from my stay in a burn facility it matters. They call it a home away from home and it’s a place that you can stay and be private if you want to because you’re suffering a lot of disfigurement at the time and it’s a very private time. It keeps you close to the hospital, you can stay close to the care you need and get as much help as you need as if you were at home.”
Provincially, there are more than 800 burn victims every years. The local firefighters raised the funds through their annual calendar sale, barbecues, and other events.
Firefighter Bryan Burleigh says the Prince George Fire Department will have its name put on one of the rooms that visitors will stay in at the new facility.
Local Firefighters will travel down to Vancouver for the grand opening this Friday, March 20th.
— Victoria Levy (@VictoriaCKPG) March 14, 2016