The Mountain View Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, October 1st. This is the 12th year this event has happened and it gets more popular every year. It benefits the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Here's more about that organization. The Breakfast will be hosted by Mountain View Fire Fighters Random Acts.
Their mission statement is "Creating a positive difference in the lives of individuals through random acts of kindness."
For well over 25 years, Mountain View Fire Fighters have been supporters of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. They've donated money and time to the organization. One of the many volunteer opportunities with the AARBF is Champ Camp. Other events include the Ski Trip to Bear Valley, the overnight at Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Outdoor Trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
From the AARBF website, "Champ Camp is a week-long, residential summer camp experience for child burn survivors ages 5-17, who have been treated at California hospitals or are current residents of California. Each year, approximately 130 children attend this week long summer camp at Wonder Valley in Sanger, California.
Champ Camp is free to all burn survivors and it is fully staffed by medical doctors, nurses, program staff, volunteers and counselors – many of whom are also burn unit nurses, burn doctors, adult burn survivors and firefighters. Activities at the camp include fishing, horseback riding, crafts, canoeing, archery, water slides, camp fire, a dance, and team building activities. The main focus of camp is for burn survivors to have fun and just be kids away from medical procedures and financial hardships. Camp provides a safe environment where burn survivors can play, learn, grow, gain self-esteem, and make new friends."
Jenna Graham, a Mountain View Fire Fighter, and other MVFD Firefighters (both present and retired) have volunteered at Champ Camp as Counselors for many years. All of the Champ Camp volunteers say that these were some of the most rewarding volunteer experiences they have ever had. It was during Jenna's camp counselor years, that the idea of having a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the AARBF was born. Jenna, along with MVFD personnel, Vern Chestnut & Scott Williams, organized the very first Mountain View Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast. That first year, they were thrilled with the "huge turnout" of 500 citizens. They rented the griddles, figured out how to make a bunch of pancakes and sausage, and had a great time. The Pancake Breakfast has always been a good opportunity for our fire department to teach fire safety and share some of what they do with the people of the Mountain View community.
As the years have passed, the Pancake Breakfast has grown. They now serve approximately 2500 breakfasts each year. They've been very fortunate to have partnered with the Chef Team from FaceBook almost 10 years ago. Let's face it, how many pancakes can a bunch of firefighters make without the help of some pros. This partnership was a great idea. Now they can use their time to connect with the community, teach about fire and burn injury prevention as well as CPR training, rope rescue, fire extinguisher training and auto extrication demonstrations.
This year they will also have their Hazardous Material apparatus at the Breakfast along with personnel from Environmental Protection helping people learn how to keep our environment safe. I heard a rumor that we might be expecting a special appearance of Firefighter Paramedic Tim Howling with Tater and George who are our search dogs as well as Charlie, the new search dog in training. Mountain View Police Department will be there to answer questions.
There will also be a silent auction. Let's help the Fire Department make this event bigger and better than it's ever been! Bring the whole family and I'll see you at the 12th Annual Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast. It's from 8:00-11:00 at Fire Station #4 at 229 N. Whisman Road. Adults are $8.00 and kids are $5.00. See you at the Pancake Breakfast! I love Mountain View.