PRESS RELEASE - Phoenix Society Awarded Federal Fire Prevention Grant
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $269,000 grant to Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The grant will support and expand the Phoenix Society’s Phoenix SOAR® (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery®) program, with particular emphasis in increasing the access to firefighter peer support, educational information, and resources for burn-injured firefighters, their families, and everyone in the fire service affected by burn injury.
Activities under the grant will include an outreach and education program for the fire service and the recruitment and training of up to 25 burn-injured firefighters and their family members for advocacy. The training will take place as part of the Phoenix Society’s upcoming Phoenix World Burn Congress, to be held October 21-24, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.
“The generous grant from FEMA will allow us to reach thousands of fire fighters and to significantly increase firefighter participation in the Phoenix SOAR program,” said Phoenix Society Executive Director Amy Acton. “We are very grateful for FEMA’s support of this work,” she said.