Phoenix Society at SOAR Firefighter Summit

by:  Pam Peterson

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Charitable Foundation and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), and the University of Kentucky College of Social Work came together this past week to participate in a Firefighter Peer Support Summit, in Phoenix, AZ.

SOAR Summit - IAFF firefighter - unedited 01.30.13

Phoenix Society SOAR instructors, coordinators, and peer supporters, IAFF District Coordinators, Burn Foundations, and the NFFF were among those who took part in the discussion of peer support for the burn injured firefighter and their families.

During the two day summit, participants were introduced to the Phoenix Society’s SOAR program, the support needs of burn-injured firefighters and their families, as well as the firefighter specific components newly added to SOAR. Together we have developed goals for future work.  We began discussion about dissemination strategies and will continue this exploration at the meeting at the ABA.

SOAR Summit - Amy A 01.30.13

This exciting effort would not have been possible without the investment and interest of all of those individuals and organizations involved. We especially would like to extend our gratitude to the burn injured firefighters and spouses who participated in the focus groups and surveys that initially explored peer support as a resource for firefighters- they have provided the foundation on which this project has been built.  We would also like to thank everyone who participated in the summit to ensure access to peer support for anyone affected by a burn injury.

Join The Phoenix Society in Sharing the Message: Burn Awareness Week 2013

As part of Burn Awareness Week 2013, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors looks to increase awareness of the impact of burn injuries.

We want to be sure that every person that receives a burn injury is aware of the programs and support we have available for them. The success in delivering these resources to those in need can be greatly improved by your assistance in getting the message out and letting people know we are here! 

Ways to help:

–          Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.  Just sign in and “like” our page at https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixSocietyforBurnSurvivors or visit our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/PSburnsurvivors and click “Follow”.

–          You can also subscribe to our WordPress blog at https://psburnsurvivors.wordpress.com/    by clicking the “Follow” tab located at the lower left hand corner.

–          You can share videos from our Vimeo page by going to https://vimeo.com/phoenixsociety and clicking on the “Follow” tab then clicking the “Share” icon located on each video.

 

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors: Public Awareness from Phoenix Society on Vimeo.

–          Click and select “share” to forward the message of hope and support that is available to the burn community.

–          Encourage anyone you know affected by burn injury to visit our website at www.phoenix-society.org.

–          Encourage those looking for information or tools to join our online community and register for online learning at www.phoenix-society.org/stayconnected.

Thousands are affected by burn injuries every year.  In 2011, over 450,000 people suffered burn injuries, and of those, approximately 90,000 of those were children under the age of 14.  Yet we also know that thousands are unaware of the resources that are available to help with the process of recovery from burn injury and trauma.

For 35 years, the Phoenix Society has been connecting burn survivors, their loved ones, and burn care professionals with valuable resources and a support network. 

Burn injury not only affects the injured, but the families who love and support that person. We also know that the recovery process is a lengthy one, and continues – long after release from the hospital. 

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors: Your Impact from Phoenix Society on Vimeo.

For these reasons, we have made a focused effort to make available resources targeting not only the survivor, but spouses, children, siblings, healthcare professionals, first responders and others who are involved in the recovery process.

Other important ways to help; you can help welcome a survivor back to their community after a burn injury by following these simple steps:

  1.  Look us in the eye
  2. Smile
  3. And say “hello”

Nothing heals people like other people.

Phoenix Society joins with NFPA and ESPN’s Hannah Storm on Burn Awareness

As part of Burn Awareness Week (February 3-8), the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors has joined with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ESPN’s Hannah Storm to promote home fire safety and the need for burn recovery resources.

Both NFPA and Hannah Storm, ESPN’s sports anchor who suffered burn injury from a grilling accident, worked together to create a series of PSA’s that will target home fire safety . This kickoff will coincide with Super Bowl weekend as well as Burn Awareness Week, so we welcome the opportunity to also share that thousands are affected by a burn injury each year and the Phoenix Society is providing a community of support and the resources needed to help survivors get back to living.

See the attached press release.  Help us promote the Phoenix Society’s burn recovery resources by “sharing” the message, so that others can get and give support!

NEWS RELEASE:

NFPA and ESPN’s Hannah Storm release PSAs on grilling safety
Sports anchor calls on Super Bowl grillers to play it safe

January 30, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is collaborating with ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Hannah Storm on a series of home fire safety PSAs. As the Super Bowl approaches, these messages encourage the public to take care when using their grills. For PSAs and safety information visit, www.nfpa.org/hannah

In December 2012, Storm was badly burned while preparing to cook dinner for her children. After wind blew out the flame, propane gas pooled on her grill and became an explosive fireball when Storm attempted to re-ignite it. Only the instinct to close her eyes upon seeing the flame saved her corneas, but her face, neck, chest and hands suffered first- and second-degree burns.

According to NFPA, flammable or combustible gas or liquid was the item first ignited in half of home outdoor grill fires. The course of action to remember in grilling is:  if the flame goes out, immediately turn off the gas and the grill, and wait at least 15 minutes before trying to re-light it.

Storm feels that it is “important to tell and share this story because it was a very simple mistake that I made, but it was a very common mistake. People all over the world grill and they grill all the time, and most of the people that I know really don’t understand the proper procedures…”

“Fires and burn injuries are not only traumatic for the person, but for the family and community as well,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Communications at NFPA. “Hannah is very courageous to share the personal details of her fire experience and burn injury to remind the public to take steps to prevent fires and avoid injuries.”

February 3rd marks not only the Super Bowl, but also the first day of Burn Awareness Week 2013. The week is an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to spread a message of fire safety throughout local communities.

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors works with those injured by burns, providing a supportive community on the road to recovery.

“Imagine for a moment every single person who is at the stadium at the Super Bowl – approximately 85,500 plus attendees. That’s the number of just children under the age of 14 impacted by a burn injury each year,” said Amy Acton, executive director of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. “We commend Hannah for sharing her story to bring awareness on how you can prevent burn injuries and to connect those who have had an injury to available resources.”

Storm returned to television on January 1, 2013. Her PSAs aim to raise awareness of the potential dangers of grilling, and to ensure safe cooking for sports fans and families alike.

About the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury through peer support, education, and advocacy. Visit the Phoenix Society’s website at www.phoenix-society.org.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Watch J.R. Martinez be an advocate, and follow his lead!

Hello all,

Following JR’s lead … Action steps to
become an advocate

I’m excited to announce that on Monday, February 6, J.R. Martinez will be participating in a multi-city satellite media tour, where he will be advocating on behalf of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and the burn community!

J.R.’s TV tour (listed below!) will help kick-off National Burn Awareness Week as he continues to use his platform to bring awareness and support to the Phoenix Society and our programs.

We appreciate J.R.’s attention to our cause, and we can help by following his lead and take it one step further. On our Facebook page and Twitter, you will see us posting regular updates from J.R. and other messages.  I ask that you become an advocate of the Phoenix Society next week by clicking the Reshare link beneath each post. This will make your friends and family aware of our efforts and together we will make a difference!

Thank you!

Amy Acton
Executive Director

J.R. Martinez Satellite Media Tour Schedule ….

(Don’t see your city below? Don’t fret! Be sure look for J.R.’s interview and other fun items that we’ll be posting to our Facebook page!)

All times are EST     |     * Check your local listings
7:15 AM WHAM ROCHESTER, NY ABC LIVE
7:40 AM WFAA DALLAS, TX ABC LIVE
8:15-8:25 WJXT JACKSONVILLE, FL IND LIVE
8:40 AM WPMT HARRISBURG, PA FOX LIVE
8:45 AM WJBK DETROIT, MI FOX LIVE
8:50 AM KTVI ST. LOUIS, MO FOX LIVE
WEWS CLEVELAND, OH ABC *
WSPA GREENVILLE, SC CBS *
9:15 AM WXIN INDIANAPOLIS, IN FOX LIVE
9:20 AM WTVR RICHMOND, VA CBS LIVE
9:25 AM KERO BAKERSFIELD, CA ABC LIVE
9:30 AM WISH INDIANAPOLIS, IN CBS *
WNEM FLINT, MI CBS *
9:40 AM WAGA ATLANTA, GA FOX LIVE
9:45-9:55 KMSP MINNEAPOLIS, MN FOX LIVE
WAVE LOUISVILLE, KY NBC *
10-10:10 AM KAZT PHOENIX, AZ IND LIVE
10:10 AM KTNV LAS VEGAS, NV ABC *
10:15 AM KTVX SALT LAKE CITY ABC LIVE
10:20-10:30 AM KSAZ PHOENIX, AZ FOX LIVE
WBRE WILKES-BARRE, PA NBC *
KSBI OKLAHOMA CITY IND *
10:40 AM WLS CHICAGO, IL ABC LIVE
10:45 AM KVVU LAS VEGAS, NV FOX LIVE
CNN RADIO CNN RADIO *
KTUL TULSA, OK ABC *
WLS CHICAGO, IL ABC *

Don’t see your city below? Don’t fret! Be sure look for J.R.’s interview and other fun items that we’ll be posting to our Facebook page!