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Who We Are

The Burn Prevention Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization currently serving 22 counties throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Our mission is to provide burn injury prevention education, materials, and advocacy throughout North America.

We serve an average of nearly 500,000 people throughout the region each year, about 90% of whom are children. Consistent results are accomplished through both direct educational program intervention and through partnerships with schools, medical and health services, fire and emergency services and other community organizations with like missions. Our on-line activities and programs extend our reach to limitless organizations and children alike.

There are approximately 486,000 fire and burn injuries reported in the United States each year. Young children and persons with mobility impairments are the most frequent victims. In Pennsylvania, over 3,500 hospitalizations for children are attributed to fire and flame injury each year. Nearly 900 of these critical fire and burn injuries are treated annually at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Burn Center.

Burn care professionals estimate that over 75% of all medically treated burn injuries could have been prevented by means of behavioral and environmental modification. The Burn Prevention Network has more than 35 years of experience and proven performance in the development and effective, efficient delivery of targeted fire safety education programs – to children, parents, seniors, teachers and even fire services personnel.

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What We Do

Burn Prevention Network reaches the maximum number of program participants and beneficiaries through collaboration with a wide network of community partners. BPN works with fire services, first responders and emergency service groups, educators, healthcare provider organizations, community service groups, and others dedicated to spreading awareness of fire and burn safety and prevention issues, programs and services.

The Burn Prevention Network also serves as a one-stop outsourcing resource for organizations who share our mission. We provide our National Award Winning programs, rebranded for their use with their constituencies, throughout the U.S. This provides a cost effective means of delivering quality educational services and products without the expense and time required for development, pilot testing, production and validation.

Within eastern Pennsylvania, over 900 elementary and middle schools partner with us in the annual delivery of our in-school fire safety and burn prevention programs targeted at 1st through 8th grades.

Nearly 350 early care centers belong to our Safety Lines Network, sharing quarterly fire safety and burn prevention tips and alerts with over 45,000 families of pre-school age children.

Businesses, corporations and health care organizations also play a major role in supporting the delivery of our targeted programs and in sharing our materials with employees.

Social service, family protection, and mental health agencies are vitally engaged as members of our Fire and Youth Intervention Program. Over the past 10-years, this collaborative program has redirected over 500 youth who were misusing fire to cease this destructive behavior.

Staff & Board Leadership


BPN Officers

Matt Ferdock, CEO, ApperceptMD

Vice President – Ed Wurster, III Director – Protective Services, PPL

Secretary – Rebecca Martin, RN Case Manager, HCR ManorCare

Treasurer, Chris Breting Agent, State Farm

Assistant Treasurer – TBD

Committee Chairpersons

Assistant Treasurer – TBD

Chairperson, Personnel – John B. Bast, CFO,MIFireE Retired Fire Chief, City of Easton

Chairperson, Advocacy – Terrence Osborne Human Resource Specialist Middle District of PA US Probation Office

Chairperson, Program – Mark Lengvarsky, Administrator at Patient Care Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Chairperson Nominations – Joe Tracy, VP-Connected Care and Innovation Lehigh Valley Health Network


Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

John B. Bast, CFO, MIfireE
Retired Fire Chief, Easton Fire Department

Chris Breting, CPCU, CLU
Agent, State Farm Insurance

Catherine M. Campanaro
Administrative Manager, Bio Med Sciences

John E. Campos
Executive V.P., EMS Council of NE PA, Inc.

Russell R. Clelland, CTP, CIA
Retired Vice President & Treasurer, Talen Energy Corporation

Matthew B. Ferdock
CEO, ApperceptMD

Terri Haddad, Ed. D
CEO, eMediaWorks

Gregory G. Kile
Sr. Vice President, Insurance and Payer Strategies, LVHN, President & CEO, Populytics

Jeffery J. Kelly
Director of Engineering, Service Electric Cable TV

Lee T. Laubach, Jr., CFEI,/EMC
Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Allentown

Mark Lengvarsky
Administrator, Patient Care Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Daniel D. Lozano, MD
Medical Director, Regional Burn Center, Lehigh Valley Health Network

James Lucey
President/COO, ETI Company

Edward A. Mann
Director of Education and Training, Provident

Rebecca L. Martin, RN, MSN
Case Manager, HCR ManorCare

Jaime Mendes
VP of Operations, PennTeleData

Terrence Osborne
Human Resource Specialist, Middle District of PA US Probation Office

Santo Piccolomini
Piccolomini Development

Steven G. Schneider
Explosion Suppression Sales, Kistler-O’Brien Fire Protection

Baran Schultz
CEO, Schultz Technologies, Inc.

Joseph Tracy
Vice President-Connected Care and Innovation, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Bruce Trego
State Fire Commissioner, Commonwealth of PA

Susan Walsh
Founder/Sales Manager, Sales-Link, Inc.

Leo Woelkers
Burn Survivor/Survivor Advocate

Edward Wurster, III
Director-Protective Services, PPL Corporation



Advisory Committee:

Rev. Alexander Pocetto OSFS, Ph.D
Retired, Senior Vice President, DeSales University

Ralph H. Slider
Retired Deputy Chief, Allentown Fire Department

J. Michael Zaia
Manager, Lehigh Valley Rail Management, L.L.C

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Allentown, PA 18104
(fax) 610-969-3940

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