Fifteen years ago after learning about the plight of the
six firefighters that were entrapped and burned in the Malibu Fire and the lack
of available resources for their families, Firefighters Quest for Burn
Survivors was formed. This non-profit
organization is managed by firefighters and civilians who volunteer their
services to assist those that have been affected by burn injuries. Through this organization, support ranges
from family and patient visits to providing material and/or monetary donations
to the patients and/or immediate family to assist during the critical time of
On May 5, 2014, Mercy Air Helicopter flew Quest
volunteers to the Big Bear City Airport where they were met by personnel and
units from the Big Bear Professional Firefighters’ Association and Baldwin Lake
Volunteer Fire Department. During this
time, the Firefighters’ Association presented Firefighters Quest with a check
in the amount of $500 and the Baldwin Lake Volunteer Fire Department gave a
donation as well.
With the assistance of a California Highway Patrol unit,
Fire Department members and Quest volunteers then caravanned to the Grizzly
Manor Cafe for a delicious meal provided by Jayme Nordine, owner of the Grizzly
Manor Café and an anonymous benefactor.
With renewed energy, the Quest volunteers visited with retired Glendale
Firefighter Art Voltz of Fawnskin and Rick Bowers of Bad Bear Sportswear who
designed t-shirts for the Quest fundraising golf tournament held on March 20 at
the Moorpark Country Club before returning to the airport.
Big Bear firefighters proudly support Firefighters Quest
for Burn Survivors and thank the Big Bear community for their generous support
of fundraising events that made this donation possible.