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Firefighter Focus: Derrick Sawyer

Posted February 16, 2022 in Featured Partner, General, Prevention

In celebration of Black History Month, Burn Prevention Network spoke with Board Member Derrick Sawyer, former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and the first African American Fire Chief of the Upper Darby Township Fire Department. Becoming a firefighter was the last thing Derrick Sawyer thought he’d do when he got out of the Air Force in 2000. […]

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Mark Wendling, MD: Physician, Executive Director, and Servant Leader

Posted January 19, 2022 in General, Prevention

Mark Wendling is the kind of primary care physician all patients hope to find. It is no wonder that those who seek his care and counsel do so for much of their life! Dr. Wendling has practiced family care medicine in the Lehigh Valley for approximately 25 years. In addition, for the past six years, […]

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The Burn Prevention Network Awarded $27,500 for Prevention Education and Survivor Support

Posted August 24, 2021 in Featured Partner, General, Prevention

The Fleming Foundation, Zionsville, PA, has announced that a grant totaling $27,500 has been awarded to The Burn Prevention Network in support of two separate programs, Camp Susquehanna and Home Safe Home. Camp Susquehanna was allocated $12,500 of the funds to support a growing number of campers expected as a result of the program’s expansion. […]

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3 Summer Burn Risks That Are Easy to Forget

Posted July 15, 2021 in General, Prevention

When you hear the term “summer burn prevention,” you probably think of sunscreen, beach umbrellas, and sun hats. While these items are essential for protecting yourself from harmful UVB rays, sunburns aren’t the only way to get your skin scorched when it’s hot out. To ensure you and your loved ones steer clear of painful […]

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BPN Awarded $25,000 to Support Burn Survivors of All Ages

Posted July 8, 2021 in Camp, General, Prevention

The Burn Foundation, Upper Darby, PA,  announced that a grant totaling $25,000 has been awarded to The Burn Prevention Network to fund a growing number of campers expected to attend Camp Susquehanna in 2021. Camp Susquehanna is traditionally a five day sleep-away experience for children ages 7-17 who have survived a burn injury. Due to […]

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4 Essential Fire Safety Tips this Summer

Posted June 16, 2021 in General, Prevention

When you’re soaking up the sunshine with friends on a hot summer day, fire prevention is probably the last thing on your mind. But did you know that summer is actually one of the most dangerous seasons for fire-related injuries and deaths? Fortunately, you don’t have to cancel summertime fun to stay safe. There are […]

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Claude E. Kohl Jr., 1932-2021: A Life Worth Celebrating!

Posted March 17, 2021 in General, Prevention

Claude E. Kohl, Jr. is perhaps best remembered as a distinguished leader within the Allentown Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief. His passion for preventing and containing fires, in addition to instructing fire sciences and suppression practices, defined his professional career. His meritorious service does not fully capture the essence […]

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Winterfest 2021: Friends, Fun, and…Pajamas?!

Posted February 25, 2021 in Camp, General, Prevention

If COVID-19 has taught us anything it has been the power of, and need for, connection. While many of us have struggled with this during the pandemic, this is a way of life for many burn survivors, especially children. Most do not know other burn survivors in their own communities, and children who attend Camp […]

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Why Do Girls Set Fires? Investigating the Gender Gap in Youth Firesetting Research

Posted February 23, 2021 in General, Prevention

Because 80 to 85 percent of identified youth firesetters are male, the majority of research on juvenile firesetting reflects the behavior of boys. This includes the general characteristics used to establish level of risk and determine appropriate treatment interventions for all children who misuse fire. Which begs the question—would fire safety education and assessment standards […]

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The Importance of Education in Youth Fire Misuse Intervention Programs: What Works?

Posted February 12, 2021 in General, Prevention

  According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 56,300 fires are started each year as a result of children playing with fire. While most juvenile firesetting begins as innocent curiosity or experimentation, youth fire misuse can also be a sign of underlying emotional issues or mental health disorders. And regardless of motive, 81 percent of […]

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