For the next three weekends in Dawson County and throughout Georgia, firefighters will be in the streets and at local shopping centers collecting funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s 2011 “Give Burns the Boot” drive.
The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation is a non-profit organization with a threefold mission: To educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, to support medical facilities in the care of burns in Georgia, and to assist burn survivors in their recovery.
“Fire and burn injuries can strike anyone at any time,” said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield. “The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation is working to help prevent fire-related injuries and deaths through education. In addition, the foundation supports the burn centers in Georgia to allow them to offer the best possible treatment for the patients,” he continued.
Money raised will also go to Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia’s only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children.
A portion of the total funds raised is returned to Dawson County Emergency Services to support local education and prevention efforts including free smoke detectors for all county residents.
Look for collection locations at Kroger of Dawsonville, Ga. 400 at Dawson Forest Road, and downtown Dawsonville.
For more information or to make an appointment to receive your smoke detector, contact Dawson County Emergency Services at (706) 344-3666.