Who We Are

​Since being established, Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Burn Fund has been known for an unparalleled commitment to advancing Burn care within the province of Saskatchewan. It’s this standard of excellence that has provided us the means to support those who have been subjected to the after effects of Fire or scalds. We fundraise within our nine locals of Professional Firefighters and collectively pool this money to support Burn Care. 

Karla Cairns: Swift Current Burn Rep.

Karla Cairns has been a member of the Swift Current Fire Department for 5 years, and in 2018 joined the SPFFPA Burn Fund under Local 1318. During this time, she has enjoyed the opportunity to interact with her community in a personal and specific way. 


Karla identifies that her involvement with the Burn Fund- particularly through learning the stories, treatment and recovery of the people she has had the opportunity to meet- is a reminder of the unique privilege firefighters have to positively impact citizens on a daily basis.


Recognising this opportunity serves as motivation to extend preventative and follow-up care in a way that strengthens the connection between our department and the people it serves. 

Swift Current Professional Firefighters Association Local 1318

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2020-08-02T18:49:46+00:00

Swift Current Professional Firefighters Association Local 1318

Karla Cairns has been a member of the Swift Current Fire Department for 5 years, and in 2018 joined the SPFFPA Burn Fund under Local 1318. During this time, she has enjoyed the opportunity to interact with her community in a personal and specific way.  Karla identifies that her involvement with the Burn Fund- particularly through learning the stories, treatment and recovery of the people she has had the opportunity to meet- is a reminder of the unique privilege firefighters have to positively impact citizens on a daily basis. Recognising this opportunity serves as motivation to extend preventative and follow-up care in a way that strengthens the connection between our department and the people it serves. 

Jared McKay: PAECC 911 Dispatcher

Jared McKay has been a part of the IAFF local 5094 for 2 years, as a 911 and fire dispatcher. He is in his first year being involved with the Burn Fund. Jared grew up around the fire service with his father being a member of the Prince Albert FD. He is excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Burn Fund at such an early point in his career, and looks forward to the opportunity to help.

Prince Albert ECC Local 5094

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2020-07-30T17:10:36+00:00

Prince Albert ECC Local 5094

Jared McKay has been a part of the IAFF local 5094 for 2 years, as a 911 and fire dispatcher. He is in his first year being involved with the Burn Fund. Jared grew up around the fire service with his father being a member of the Prince Albert FD. He is excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Burn Fund at such an early point in his career, and looks forward to the opportunity to help.

Joel Perreault: Prince Albert Burn Rep.

Joel Perreault is a 20 year member of the Prince Albert Fire Department and IAFF Local 510. He has been the Burn Fund Chairman for the past 4 years now and truly enjoys his work. He currently holds the rank of Captain within his department and is proud to say he was born and raised on a farm just South of Prince Albert. If you cant find him around town, try looking at his favourite place to eat ......Red Lobster!!!!

Joel coaches Lacrosse and Hockey and is also the president of the Prince Albert North Search and Rescue Group.

Prince Albert Professional Firefighters Association Local 510

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2020-07-26T14:08:45+00:00

Prince Albert Professional Firefighters Association Local 510

Joel Perreault is a 20 year member of the Prince Albert Fire Department and IAFF Local 510. He has been the Burn Fund Chairman for the past 4 years now and truly enjoys his work. He currently holds the rank of Captain within his department and is proud to say he was born and raised on a farm just South of Prince Albert. If you cant find him around town, try looking at his favourite place to eat ......Red Lobster!!!! Joel coaches Lacrosse and Hockey and is also the president of the Prince Albert North Search and Rescue Group.

Shane Drosky: Yorkton Burn Rep.

Shane Drosky is a 17 year member of the Yorkton Professional Firefighters Association Local 1527, working with Yorkton Fire Protective Services. He is the Burn Chairman for the local and has been for the past 5 years. He currently holds the rank of Acting Captain within the department and was also appointed the IAFF Provincial Coordinator for the Motorcycle Group that runs within North America. Shane has two wonderful kids , Aiden and Kaylee and they try to enjoy each day to the fullest.

Yorkton Professional Firefighters Association Local 1527

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2020-07-26T14:10:03+00:00

Yorkton Professional Firefighters Association Local 1527

Shane Drosky is a 17 year member of the Yorkton Professional Firefighters Association Local 1527, working with Yorkton Fire Protective Services. He is the Burn Chairman for the local and has been for the past 5 years. He currently holds the rank of Acting Captain within the department and was also appointed the IAFF Provincial Coordinator for the Motorcycle Group that runs within North America. Shane has two wonderful kids , Aiden and Kaylee and they try to enjoy each day to the fullest.

Jay Yaciw: Regina Burn Rep.

Hi my name is Jay Yaciw I’ve been a firefighter for 13 years and also been on the Burnfund committee in Regina Local 181 for also 13 years. I’ve been the Burn Chair of Regina for 2 years. My father was also a firefighter for 32 years in Regina so I know being apart of the BurnFund how important it is to help the people of Saskatchewan recover and heal from there burn injuries. I’m married to a beautiful wife and have 2 kids and a stepson.

Contact info jyaciw@regina.ca

Regina Professional Firefighters Association Local 181

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2020-07-26T14:37:32+00:00

Regina Professional Firefighters Association Local 181

Hi my name is Jay Yaciw I’ve been a firefighter for 13 years and also been on the Burnfund committee in Regina Local 181 for also 13 years. I’ve been the Burn Chair of Regina for 2 years. My father was also a firefighter for 32 years in Regina so I know being apart of the BurnFund how important it is to help the people of Saskatchewan recover and heal from there burn injuries. I’m married to a beautiful wife and have 2 kids and a stepson. Contact info jyaciw@regina.ca

Ryan Hopkinson: Moose Jaw Burn Rep.

Ryan Hopkinson has been a member of the Moose Jaw Fire Department for twenty-one years. Throughout his career he has held the position as a firefighter/EMT, driver operator, and is currently an acting captain with the department.  Charity work is really important in the fire service and Ryan got involved very early in his career. He has been in charge of the local’s charity fund and has represented the Moose Jaw Fire Department as a burn fund chairman with the SPFFPA for the past fifteen years. 

Moose Jaw Professional Firefighters Association Local 553

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2020-07-26T14:38:28+00:00

Moose Jaw Professional Firefighters Association Local 553

Ryan Hopkinson has been a member of the Moose Jaw Fire Department for twenty-one years. Throughout his career he has held the position as a firefighter/EMT, driver operator, and is currently an acting captain with the department.  Charity work is really important in the fire service and Ryan got involved very early in his career. He has been in charge of the local’s charity fund and has represented the Moose Jaw Fire Department as a burn fund chairman with the SPFFPA for the past fifteen years. 

Lloyd Zwack: Provincial President

Lloyd has been a Firefighter for 22 years with the City of Prince Albert and presently hold the rank of Senior Captain.

He feels very fortunate to be involved with the Executive of the Burn Fund for the last 7 years.
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2020-07-27T17:56:22+00:00
Lloyd has been a Firefighter for 22 years with the City of Prince Albert and presently hold the rank of Senior Captain. He feels very fortunate to be involved with the Executive of the Burn Fund for the last 7 years.

Jay Protz: Saskatoon Burn Rep.

Jay Protz is a member of the Saskatoon Fire Department and has worked in Saskatoon for 10 years. Jay is proud to serve the citizens of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. Jay has been working with the Burn Fund as a Chair or Co-chair for 10 years with Saskatoon Firefighters Local 80. Jay has had the opportunity to connect to survivors through fundraising and education and continues to look forward to helping the Burn Fund in any capacity. This is one of the ways that we can give back to our communities and surrounding community as burns know no boundaries.
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2020-07-28T18:49:40+00:00
Jay Protz is a member of the Saskatoon Fire Department and has worked in Saskatoon for 10 years. Jay is proud to serve the citizens of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. Jay has been working with the Burn Fund as a Chair or Co-chair for 10 years with Saskatoon Firefighters Local 80. Jay has had the opportunity to connect to survivors through fundraising and education and continues to look forward to helping the Burn Fund in any capacity. This is one of the ways that we can give back to our communities and surrounding community as burns know no boundaries.

Clay Lazar North Battleford Burn Rep

 

Clay Lazar has been proudly serving the citizens of North Battleford for over 10 years as both a Paramedic and Firefighter

This is Clay's first year as North Battlefords Burn Fund representative

Clay coaches baseball in the summer and is an avid fisherman with his wife Lindsey

Clay is the proud father of one daughter , two step sons and two puppies which keeps him very busy

Clay is honored to represent North Battleford Local 1756 as its burn fund representative and is eager to find ways to help the citizens of Saskatchewan
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  Clay Lazar has been proudly serving the citizens of North Battleford for over 10 years as both a Paramedic and Firefighter This is Clay's first year as North Battlefords Burn Fund representative Clay coaches baseball in the summer and is an avid fisherman with his wife Lindsey Clay is the proud father of one daughter , two step sons and two puppies which keeps him very busy Clay is honored to represent North Battleford Local 1756 as its burn fund representative and is eager to find ways to help the citizens of Saskatchewan
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How we got here

​Forty years ago, the professional fire fighters of Saskatchewan created a Burn Fund to improve medical care for burn victims, reduce the financial hardship when treatment outside the province is necessary, and support education for healthcare providers. Since then, the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund has raised more than $6 million dollars. The Burn Fund invested in the Burn Unit at RUH (the first one in Saskatchewan), the Burn Unit at Regina General Hospital, the Hyperbaric Unit at Moose Jaw Union Hospital,the Children’s Burn Camp, and awareness programs that reduce the incidence of fires and the severity of injuries. As well, ongoing survivor support provides funds for individual burn victims on their long and painful journeys of recovery.“As fire fighters, we see first hand the physical and emotional trauma faced by burn victims and their families,and those don’t stop when the fire is out. The scars can last a lifetime.

Our background

Since being established, Saskatchewan Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Burn Fund has been known for an unparalleled commitment to advancing Burn care within the province of Saskatchewan. It’s this standard of excellence that has provided us the means to support those who have been subjected to the after effects of Fire or scalds. We fundraise within our nine locals of Professional Firefighters and collectively pool this money to support Burn Care. 

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