St. Florian is empowering the burn community to come together, to build strength and hope along the journey and to become a unified voice for support and prevention.
St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation was founded in 1993 through the efforts and partnership of dedicated nurses at the St. Luke’s Burn Center and the Sioux City Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local #7. It was founded with the express purpose of reducing the number of injuries and deaths associated with burn trauma in Sioux City, Iowa and the surrounding communities. St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation helped purchase the Children’s Fire Safety House used by the Sioux City Fire Department and visited by thousands of school children annually.
The nurses and fire fighters also felt a need to start a local burn camp that children with burns from the Siouxland area could attend annually. St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation partnered with Camp Foster YMCA on East Lake Okoboji in 1995 and Miracle Burn Camp was born. In 1996, this partnership extended to the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center. The collaboration of both organizations continues to bring support to pediatric burn survivors from across the state of Iowa and surrounding states.
In 2004, St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation began sponsoring a local SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program to provide peer support for local burn survivors. SOAR is a program developed by The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc.
In 2007, efforts began to expand the service area of St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation. Our goal was to grow beyond the city limits of the founding organization, to be a state and regional entity. While this has been a slow process we have lots of goals for the future so we can better serve the community at large. Our mission is empowering the burn community to come together, to build strength and hope along the journey and to become a unified voice for support and prevention. St. Florian serves Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.