Firefighters with Barrow County Emergency Services are kicking off local efforts today, Friday, Oct. 19, to support the 23rd annual "Give Burns The Boot" drive, benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
Efforts will continue every Friday through Nov. 2, and the department is one of more than 100 fire departments statewide joining forces to support the foundation, whose mission is to partner with fire services and the burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery.
"Fires and burn injuries can strike anyone at any time. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation is working to help prevent fire-related injuries and deaths through education. In addition, the Foundation supports the burn centers in Georgia to allow them to offer the best possible treatment for the patients," said Lt. Ernest Weant, who is chairing the project for Barrow County Emergency Services.
Ten percent of each department’s total dollar amount raised is returned to the department for fire safety and burn education efforts.
To support this cause, Barrow County Emergency Services asks residents to please give generously when approached by firefighters today, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.