Firefighters Burn Institute

aka FFBI   |   Sacramento, CA   |


The Firefighters Burn Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by Sacramento Fire Captain Cliff Haskell and the Sacramento Area Firefighters, Local 522 in 1973 for the purpose of establishing a local burn treatment facility; providing recovery programs for burn survivors; promoting fire and burn prevention through public education; funding education for medical burn team professionals, firefighters, and burn survivors; and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2023 the Firefighters Burn Institute celebrates 50 years of providing free programs and services to the burn community. What began in 1973 with one person in a small corner office of the now historic Fire Station No. 9, FFBI has grown into one of the largest firefighter-run nonprofits in the nation. If you have a family member, friend or colleague who experiences a serious burn injury, please reach out to us ~ our recovery and reintegration programs and services are available to burn survivors of all ages, from all states, and are free of charge thanks to donors like you.

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Executive Director

Joe Pick

Assistant Director

Rachel Crowell

Main address

3101 Stockton Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95820 USA

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Formerly known as

Firefighters Pacific Burn Institute



NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The needs FFBI addresses pertain to: * The lifelong journey of burn recovery ~ helping burn survivors and their families understand and cope with physical and emotional challenges associated with burn recovery * Youth firesetting prevention * Burn education scholarships for medical professionals and firefighters * Educational scholarships for burn survivors

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Provide burn program information to organizations, groups and individuals; provide education and publicity about the availability of burn programs and services; give reports, make public presentations and increase awareness about the Firefighters Burn Institute; collaborate with other non-profit organizations and individuals; contribute to other organizations with similar purposes and missions; and recognized and encourage those who support burn care, prevention and recovery.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Assure the most advanced burn care is available to those who require it by financially supporting the purchase of medical equipment, promoting and supporting construction of and improvements to burn treatment facilities and supporting skilled burn care professionals, firefighters and first responders with continuing education grants, scholarships and classes.
Burn recovery programs:

The Firefighters Kids Camp is a special summer camp for young burn survivors, which incorporates psychosocial elements in order to help the children deal with their scars and disfigurement, as well as physical elements to help build confidence and self-esteem.

“Little Heroes” Preschool Burn Camp is a model burn recovery program designed for pre-school burn survivors ages 3 to 6 years old and their caregiver(s).  This unique three-day program includes physical therapy, social and skill-building activities for pre-school children who have suffered severe burns, while also providing on-site education, counseling and support for the child’s caregivers.

An Adult Burn Survivor Retreat and a Burn Survivor Cruise provide the unique opportunity for adults and families who have been affected by the pain, disfigurement and life changes resulting from a serious burn injury to meet with others who have gone through a similar experience.  The programs provide a forum to encourage healing from the inside out, learning to cope with grief, anger and emotions, overcoming fears and building confidence, and providing a safe environment for discussing intimate relationships, sexuality and disfigurement.

Monthly Recovery Group meetings provide a forum where patients, family and friends are encouraged and educated about the burn injury and recovery process.

Burn Recovery Social Gatherings and Events are scheduled throughout the year to bring together burn survivors, firefighters, volunteers and friends of the Firefighters Burn Institute to the benefit to all participants.

Population(s) Served

The Youth Firesetter Program is an intervention program for youth who play with or set fires.  Children are assessed, provided fire safety education and if needed, referred for professional counseling.
Fire and burn prevention literature and materials are made available for community education at no cost.

Safety Fairs are hosted and coordinated to bring the message of burn prevention and fire safety to large numbers of people.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Clinical and laboratory research grants are awarded to researchers and burn care professionals in an effort to gain new knowledge and insight to facilitate advancements in burn care and improve treatment of burn injuries.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Training and education of burn care professionals, firefighters, first responders and staff is accomplished through sponsoring attendance at conferences, workshops, conventions, meetings and other educational opportunities. Education also encompasses hosting and offering educational workshops and classes and continuing support of educational opportunities revolving around burn care and recovery.  Educational scholarships for burn survivors to support vocational education and any form of post-high school education are also available through the Firefighters Burn Institute.

Population(s) Served

The Liaison Response Team (LRT) is made up of firefighters whose mission is to provide assistance to firefighters, their families and their department in the aftermath of a burn injury. LRT members are dedicated to the well-being and recovery of their fellow brother and sister firefighters and understand the importance of help and emotional support during critical times. The LRT also ensures the firefighter’s family is taken care of through meals, housing or by making other special arrangements. The Firefighters Burn Institute provides resources to also assist with post recovery including PTSD treatment, peer support groups and funding to send the firefighter to burn survivor support conferences.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide scholarships to:
*50 adult burn survivors to attend our annual adult burn survivor's retreat & World Burn Congress
*60 youth burn survivors to attend our annual Firefighters Kids Camp
*20 families and preschool burn survivors to attend our annual Little Heros Preschool Burn Camp
*25 burn nurses & medical professionals to attend the American Burn Association Conference & World Burn Congress

Reaching more adult and youth burn survivors through community outreach programs and educational opportunities

Enhancing the lives of burn survivors through awarding the Cliff Haskell Perpetual Scholarship to further their education

* Hosting 4 annual fundraisers: "Fill the Boot" Boot Drive, Mardi Gras Crab Feed, Firefighter's "A Tropical Affair" & Multi-Alarm Chili Cook-Off

* Working closely with individuals and businesses on numerous 3rd party fundraisers

* Increasing grant writing opportunities

* Growing our Community Connections team

* Increasing public awareness through attendance at an average of 20 community outreach platforms & safety fairs annually, including the
CA State Fair, providing fire safety & prevention information, as well as information on our programs

* Participation in the Big Day of Giving - working closely with local media

* Increasing support of our Kids Camps through live auction opportunities

* Utilizing celebrity relationships such as with plane crash / burn survivor Kechi Okwuchi from America's Got Talent

* An increase to our staff's marketing abilities

* Like a well oiled machine, our staff has proven themselves capable of collectively managing all of the strategies outlined above

* We have developed healthy and lasting relationships with burn survivors, firefighters, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and donors

* We continue to remain debt-free

So Far:

* Doubled the income from the "Tropical Affair" Kids Camp live auction

* Tripled the income from Big Day of Giving

* Hired a bookkeeper who is also skilled in non-profit fundraising

* Streamlined our accounting system

What's Next:

* Increasing our marketing efforts utilizing Constant Contact & social media

* Increasing public awareness with our Community Connections Team

* Increasing our grant writing efforts

* Multi Alarm Chili Cook-Off

* Numerous 3rd party fundraisers

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Firefighters Burn Institute

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Firefighters Burn Institute

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Trevor Jamison

Sacramento Metro Fire District

Jeremy Crawford

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Steve Loza

Sacramento Airport Fire & Rescue

Dustin Rodriques

Sacramento Metro Fire District

Matt Cole

Sacramento Metro Fire District

Sean Scollard

Sacramento Metro Fire District

Pete Votava

Sacramento Metro Fire District

Bryant Powell

Cosumnes Fire Department

Ryan Henry

Sacramento Metro Fire District

John Collins

Sacramento Fire Department

Jeremy Gardella

Sacramento Fire Department

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.