West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, CEO Douglas Long, and COO Omar Chughtai will travel in the LAFD engine #106 as part of the fire apparatus caravan with “red lights and sirens” to West Hills Hospital’s Emergency Department at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2013 . Once there, they will present a donation from West Hills Hospital to Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors.
”It is our privilege to support our local firefighters in their quest to raise money for burn survivors,“ said West Hills Hospital CEO, Douglas Long. ”Having the Grossman Burn Center on our campus has increased our awareness for burn injury and the need for foundations such as Firefighters Quest.”
Every year for one week in May, Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors runs their Quest Rally in several Southern California counties to raise funds to support burn survivors. According to Firefighters Quest, all donations received are distributed to local burn centers, foundations, burn survivors and their families on behalf of each donor.
Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 following the Calabasas/Malibu “Firestorm,” in which six trapped firefighters sustained critical burn injuries. Bill Jensen, a firefighter with the Glendale Fire Department, received third-degree burns to 70% of his body. After three months of surgeries and treatment at the Grossman Burn Center, Jensen beat his 5% chance of survival and was released from the hospital.
Burn injuries can be devastating; a physical and emotional pain that takes a lifetime to heal. Firefighters Quest is comprised of civilians and firefighters who volunteer their services to work with families affected by burn injuries. They give much-needed support during a critical time of recovery. Funds raised are used to meet the mission of the organization in diverse ways. Some examples include burn survivor assistance programs, burn prevention programs, funding for pressure garments, medications, bandages, physical therapy, equipment rentals, specialized equipment or dressings.