Burn Survivors Connecting With First Responders


Saving someone’s life is part of your job but as a first responder have you ever wondered what the aftermath is like for an extensive, severe burn victim? Time consuming, painful treatment, including surgeries and skin grafts, as well as the psychological trauma may make you wonder if you did the right thing.

Every year the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors sponsors the World Burn Congress (WBC) giving first responders the opportunity to meet, interact and bond with burn survivors. This year’s meeting will be held August 26 – 29, 2009 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in Manhattan’s Midtown.

The WBC provides first responders and burn survivors a chance to connect and find the closure that’s often missing from first responder/patient encounters.

“We see people at their worst and then never see them again,” said FDNY firefighter and president of the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation Bill Leahy. “It is an eye-opening experience to see what people can overcome.”

The WBC also offers first responders the chance to learn about the latest developments in burn prevention and burn treatment. It also provides resources for survivors, rescuers and their families on coping with loss and adaption.

Emotional and inspiring the positivity shown here can not only be humbling but life changing.

Source: Jems.com, Phoenix-Society.org