The Firefighters' Burned Children Fund was organized in 1989 by firefighters concerned about children at the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center and other burn care facilities.
More than 35% of all burn injuries and deaths are to children. Burns are the second leading cause of accidental death for children one to four years and the third leading cause of death for all those under age 19. Burn injuries are emotional as well as physical, requiring many adjustments for growing and maturing children.
Firefighters purchase special items as requested by the staff of the burn care facilities. These are usually non-medical items that are not covered by insurance. This has included pediatric wheelchairs, exercise equipment, and a teddy bear or fire truck just to cheer up a child.