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Firefighters seek help to ‘Give Burns the Boot’

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad firefighters joined 38 other departments April 13, participating in the annual Give Burns the Boot fundraiser, a countywide event in which firefighters with a boot in hand ask local commuters to donate money toward the Burn Institute.
During this one-day event, hundreds of volunteer firefighters camped out at 95 intersections countywide collecting donations in their boots for the Burn Institute.
“Thanks to the generous support of Carlsbad residents, our department was able to raise nearly $4,600,” said
Ken Sugahara, Carlsbad Firefighters Association
president. “The Carlsbad Firefighters are proud to join our brothers and sisters across San Diego and Imperial Counties to help this worthy cause.”
What began as a grassroots effort backed by the fire service has been going strong for more than a decade and is now a hallmark fundraiser for the Burn Institute.
Proceeds benefit Burn Institute fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support programs such as Camp Beyond The Scars for burn-injured children, 5 to 17 years. Celebrating its 25th season, the Burn Institute’s unique camp program has provided a safe place for many hundreds of young burn survivors to share their experiences in a supportive camp environment. All of the money raised through the Boot Drive stays in San Diego County.
The Carlsbad Firefighters Association represents the more than 70 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics. Its members operate the city’s six fire stations and respond to more than 8,000 incidents a year.
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To find out more about the Burn Institute and its efforts, visit or call (858) 541-2277.