Member Spotlight: Burn Institute

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September 25, 2018

Tell us about your company.

The Burn Institute is a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties. Founded in 1972, one of the Institute’s first accomplishments was to help establish the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center. Today, the Burn Institute continues to reach thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support services that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their injuries.


What products or services does your business provide?

Fire and Burn Prevention Education: We provide an array of services to keep our community safe including Fire Safe Kids, a school-based fire safety presentation for children and the Senior Smoke Alarm Program where dedicated volunteers install smoke alarms in the homes of vulnerable seniors free of charge. Burn Survivor Support Services: We understand the unique needs of burn survivors and how a burn injury affects an individual and their family both physically and emotionally. To help burn survivors, we provide supportive programming such as Camp Beyond the Scars, a week-long free summer camp for burn survivors ages 8-17 that allows them to grow self-confidence, build coping skills and have fun being a kid! Other programs include scholarships for burn survivors, retreats for families, young adults and adults.


What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

The creation of our signature program, Camp Beyond the Scars in 1995. Through this program alone, over 2,100 local burn survivors have been able to heal in a safe and nurturing environment with other individuals who understand their unique challenges.


Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

There is a Camp Beyond the Scars tradition of providing hand-made quilts to each new camper. Local quilting guilds receive information about the campers age and interest and make them a unique quilt that will always be a comforting reminder of the child’s week at camp.


What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

Don’t forget the little fire and burn prevention tips, they can save your life! Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and check them every month, have a family fire escape plan that each member of the family knows and if you live in a high wildfire zone, make sure you have 100 feet of defensible space around your property. As for burn survivor support, remember that burn injuries leave more than just a physical scar. Be kind, loving and compassionate to those going through the lifelong healing journey of this type of trauma.


Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

The San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and Burn Institute Auxiliary are teaming up to raise funds for the Burn Institute by hosting the Chiefs’ Golf Classic and Party in the Paddock. This two-part fundraising event will kick-off with golf at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course on Monday, September 24 and is followed by the Party in the Paddock on Saturday, October 13 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Learn more here:


For more information on Burn Institute visit

Brittany Bachmann, Marketing, (858) 541-2277