Firefighters Burn Institute

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$7,313 raised by 66 donors

5% complete

$150,000 Goal

In 1972, a jet airplane attempting to take off from Sacramento Executive Airport crashed into a crowded Farrell's ice cream parlor killing 22 people and burning many others. A Sacramento firefighter, Gene Levine, and eight members of his family died in this fiery crash. Shortly after the crash, Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Local 522 established the Firefighters Burn Institute. Cliff Haskell, a Captain with Sacramento Fire Department, was named Executive Director. He headed the Firefighters Burn Institute for the next 26 years. The Firefighters Burn Institute's original goal was to help establish a local burn treatment facility in the Sacramento area. Due to the Institute's efforts, the University California Davis Medical Center (UCD/MC) Regional Burn Center opened its doors January 1974.


The Firefighters Burn Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Sacramento Fire Captain Cliff Haskell and the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, 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.


FFBI, like all nonprofits, needs financial resources to continue to grow our programs and services. Monetary donations allow us to assure that the best possible burn treatment and burn recovery programs are available in Northern & Central California.

It costs approximately $500 to send one burn injured child to Firefighters Kids Camp for one week. We are always in need of additional funding to "Send a Kid to Camp". Please consider sponsoring a child to attend our Firefighters Kids Camp for young burn survivors. Our goal is to send at least 60 children to Firefighters Kids Camp each year.

In-kind donations are another key need in our organization. In-kind donations of goods or services allow us to stretch our donor dollar even further so we can offer more to our burn survivors.

Volunteers are the backbone of FFBI, we couldn't do what we do without them. One of our biggest needs is additional dedicated and passionate volunteers to assist with outreach, programs and special events.

FFBI has many events that are held on our behalf. We are always searching for groups and organizations willing to help us with our cause. Hosting a fundraising event or helping us get our message out in any way is very helpful for us.

Organization Data


Organization name

Firefighters Burn Institute

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Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, In-Kind Donations, Volunteers, Other


3101 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820

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Sacramento, CA, US





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