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Our Mission

To significantly reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education, and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries in California.

AARBF Organizational Information Sheet 2012

Our Vision

A safe California free from burn injuries, and a community of empowered burn survivors.

Our Story

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn care professionals, burn survivors and others to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and to make burn injuries a thing of the past.

Who is Alisa Ann?

At age eight, Alisa Ann Ruch was fatally injured in a backyard barbecue accident in Southern California. Bravely using their tragedy as a catalyst for change, Alisa Ann’s parents, local firefighters and medical professionals joined together and created AARBF in 1971 with the goal of preventing burn injuries by teaching Stop Drop and Roll.

What Services do we provide?

AARBF supports the fire service and medical community to prevent burns and strives to address the needs of burn survivors throughout all the stages of recovery. AARBF’s staff and volunteers work closely with the community to host prevention programs, raise funds and provide services to burn survivors. AARBF’s current programs include:

Survivor Services
Burn Prevention Education
  • Champ Camp
  • Young Adult Summit
  • The Getaway
  • In-hospital support and support groups
  • School Re-entry Program
  • Firefighters in Safety Education
  • Protect Your Child Scald Prevention
  • Community Outreach and Information
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Where we are

AARBF is has offices in Pasadena, San Francisco and Fresno and provides services throughout California. Visit our contact page for details.

Do you have questions about volunteering for AARBF? Are you interested in burn prevention education presentations at your child’s school? Answers to those questions, and more, are available here.


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