Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact us to find out how you can volunteer to further the mission of the Fire & Burn Foundation. In addition to camp program, helping at events and community health & safety fairs, we have the following committees available. To be considered, all volunteers must complete a volunteer application and interview. 

Programs and Services Committee
The Programs & Services Committee is charged with overseeing the organization’s programs and services. While staff will carry out the day to day activities which result in the development and implementation of the organization’s programs and services, the Committee is charged with long range planning and general oversight.  The Committee is also responsible for reviewing processes for program funding, best practices, outcome performance.

The responsibilities of the Committee include the following:

  •  Work to create, sustain, and ensure quality, cost-effective programs and services.
  • Assessment of current and proposed programs and services to ensure they are consistent with the Fire & Burn Foundation’s mission and purpose.
  • Proposals for new programs and services will be brought to the Committee to be analyzed for their suitability and appropriateness in relation to the Fire & Burn Foundation mission.

Minimum Time Required:

  • Quarterly meetings - conference calling available
  • Review minutes from all Camp Sub-Committee meetings
  • Review minutes from all Hope & Courage Sub-Committee meetings

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Agency Activities

The Fire & Burn Foundation is seeking to expand agency capacity to serve the people and communities of the Inland Empire. Programs and services of the Foundation are provided free of charge to those we serve. To ensure that our programs and services are available to the community, the Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors are engaged in fundraising activities throughout the year. The agency endeavors to be a “charity of choice” for donors. Because the agency operates as a true public benefit agency, there is never a charge for the programs and services we provide.

Financial resources are used to provide programs, burn survivor support activities, benevolent services and special projects. Currently, the Foundation is focused on three distinct but mission-related areas:

  • To provide fire and burn prevention programs and materials independently and in conjunction with other medical, fire service, civic groups and citizens of the communities we serve.

  • To provide compassionate support to burn survivors and their families.

  • To support burn injury research and treatment at the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California.

The Foundation provides language and age-appropriate prevention literature to schools, community-based organizations, fire departments, medical facilities, and to individual citizens at community health fairs, Fire Prevention Week activities and fire department open houses.

The agency is a proud co-host of Youth Camp, a specialized camp for children and youth recovering from the often lingering effects of a burn injury, both physical and emotional. Youth Camp is operated in the winter snow areas of the San Bernardino Mountains (the four-day winter camp) and warm and sunny mountains of San Diego County (one-week summer camp). The camps take advantage of the synergy and resources of both the Burn Institute and the Fire & Burn Foundation. This specialized camp is staffed by a small army of dedicated individuals that volunteer their time. Many of the camp counselors and volunteers are burn survivors themselves. Others are off-duty firefighters, medical professionals and other community members. There are many volunteer opportunities for the camps and other agency needs throughout the year.

Agency resources are also used to provide emergency financial and other support to burn patients and family members. This assistance might be used to aid a wife coping with her husband’s serious burn injury; perhaps help a mother deal with her burn-injured child as he or she goes through painful rehabilitation, or assisting with the daunting needs of a family just burned out of their home. Something as simple as coming home from the burn unit can become a formidable task for a burn patient. The Institute also assists the medical and social work staff of the Burn Center in acquiring assistance to help low-income individuals improve their lives. This program provides items such as purchasing pressure garments to reduce scarring.

Structure & Governance - Board of Directors

The Fire & Burn Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 California nonprofit health agency. The agency is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, all elected by the process stated in agency by-laws. The Board of Directors and the agency Advisory Board are reflective of the diversity of the people of the communities we serve. Members of the board include medical and fire service professionals, business and civic leaders, burn survivors and family members of burn survivors and other community leaders.

Executive Board

  • President
    David Waltermeyer, Fire Chief (RET)
  • Secretary
    Michael Smith, Fire Chief
  • Chief Financial Officer
    Paul Briety, Fire Marshall (RET)

Board Members

  • Sheri Earley, Orange Coast Title
  • Battalion Chief Thomas Jay, Riverside City Fire Department
  • Terry Koeper, Retired, Fire Technology
  • Adrian Hyatt-Ward, Hyatt-Ward Advertising
  • Dan Lundmark, LUNDMARK newmedia
  • Jason Roehl, Riverside City Fire Department
  • Kenny Patton, Retired Dean
  • Paul Lindley, Fire Safety Specialist
  • Autumn Mitchell, Paramedic
  • Katharine Tucker, Camp Committee

Advisory Board

  • William Korn, SCE
  • Adrian Martinez, R.N., ARMC Burn Unit Manager
  • Dev Gnanadev, M.D., ARMC Medical Director
  • Victor Joe, M.D., Burn Unit Director, UC Irvine
  • Tom Addis III, President PGA of So. CA
  • Frank Montes, Inland Body and Paint Center
  • Tom Brickley, Brickley Enviromental
  • Lt. Tim O'Connell, Retired, San Bernardino County Sheriff
  • Fire Marshal Mike Horton, San Bernardino County Fire

History and Mission

The Fire & Burn Foundation was originally formed as an affiliate of the Burn Institute, based in San Diego and operated under the name, Burn Institute-Inland Empire (BI-IE). Since 2002, the Foundation has been serving the communities of Riverside and San Bernardino County. 

In 2013, the Foundation evolved into a fully independent local nonprofit and expanded into Mono and Inyo counties. The Fire & Burn Foundation is the only local full-service agency providing burn survivor support and burn prevention education to our communities. 


Mission Statement:

The Fire & Burn Foundation is a non-profit health agency dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths through fire and burn prevention education, burn survivor support programs and the funding of burn care research and treatment.


About Us

The Fire & Burn Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 California nonprofit health agency. The agency is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, all elected by the process stated in agency by-laws.

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