Founder Cliff Haskell with wife Tillie
In 1972, a jet airplane attempting to take off from Sacramento Executive Airport, crashed into a crowded Farrell’s ice cream parlor, killing 22 people and burning many others. A Sacramento firefighter, Gene LaVine, and eight members of his family died in the fiery crash.
Shortly after the crash, Cliff Haskell, a Captain with the Sacramento Fire Department, convinced the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522 to allow him to begin to work in establishing a specialized burn unit for the area. Cliff began fund-raising campaigns and the Firefighters Burn Institute was formed in December 1973.
With the collaboration of physicians and administration at the University of California Davis Medical Center, it was agreed that a specialized burn treatment facility was needed. The UCDMC Regional Burn Center opened in January of 1974.
The Firefighters Burn Institute participates in local burn care, and also plays an active leadership role on a national level with the Federation of Burn Foundations and the American Burn Association.
The Firefighters Burn Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 in 1973, for the purpose of establishing a local burn treatment facility; providing recovery programs for burn survivors; providing fire and burn prevention through public education; funding education for burn team professionals, firefighters, and burn survivors; and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research.
- When was the FFBI founded and why? The FFBI was founded in 1973, about one year after the tragic jet plane crash into the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in South Sacramento that took the lives of 22 people. There was no burn care in Sacramento at the time and Captain Cliff Haskell of the Sacramento Fire Department asked Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Local 522 to assist him and together the FFBI was founded with a goal of establishing a burn unit in Sacramento. About one year later Sacramento’s first burn unit was established at U.C. Davis Medical Center.
- Is the FFBI a nonprofit? Yes, the FFBI is a well-established nonprofit 501(C)3 association. Please view our Accreditation Report on the Better Business Bureau.
- How much of my donation goes toward overhead costs? FFBI has a yearly audit performed to ensure that each dollar raised will be used for its intended purpose. To calculate FFBI’s overhead costs, use our expenditure chart and add General Administrative and Development together. To view our expenditure chart please click link: Expenditure Chart 2011
- Does FFBI only assist Firefighters? Although firefighters are a major part of the Firefighters Burn Institute, FFBI provides burn survivor program support and prevention/education services to the entire community.