Recruit Officer Larry Kepley Jr.
The Firefighters' Burned Children Fund was organized by firefighters concerned about child burn victims across the state.
The Charlotte Fire Department adopted a nationwide program called ACBC (Aluminum Cans for Burned Children). This recycling program was a great success in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. The public responded overwhelmingly to the program and delivered cans to the local fire stations. Due to the success of this program, many contacts and partnerships with local businesses resulted in an opportunity to work together to support the recovery of burn patients.
Early on it was realized that this program could be expanded across the state to help support the NC Jaycee Burn Center and other burn-care facilities.
The Firefighters' Burned Children Fund, Inc. was organized in 1989 to support the recovery of burn patients and to help prevent burn injuries. Other firefighters and organizations across the state responded and joined together to form Chapters of their own.
These different Chapters have participated in the development of new fire/burn prevention programs, new means of fund-raising, support of the Burn Center, Camp Celebrate, and also Fire and Life Safety efforts in their own areas. At the state level, firefighters benefit by increasing public relations, partnerships with local businesses, and networking with other fire departments. The greatest benefit would be the reduction of burn injuries and fatalities across the state. All firefighters and fire departments are encouraged to form FFBCF Chapters and take an active role in the growth and development of The Firefighters' Burned Children Fund.