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Sawusch Named to IAFF Burn Prevention Task Force

March 2, 2016

Varnum personal injury attorney Bonnie Sawusch has been appointed to the International Association of Firefighters National Task Force, charged with creating a national burn injury awareness campaign.

The task force will guide and provide input to the campaign, the purpose of which is to mitigate the impact of burn injuries in local communities by reducing burn mortality and morbidity rates. This will be done through messaging and toolkits that raise awareness among pre-hospital and emergency department providers on the importance of adhering to national standards on burn care. The materials, to be created with the input of the task force, will help assure that providers are aware of the resources and specialized care available to patients in verified burn centers, in order to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

Sawusch is a personal injury attorney with 25 years' experience representing people and families whose lives have been affected by catastrophic injury and death. Her legal practice is strongly influenced by her previous 15-year career as a registered nurse in an acute care hospital. Sawusch has deep involvement in programs that benefit the burn community. She currently serves on the Burn Prevention Committee of the American Burn Association and is a member of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.

In her appointment letter, IAFF Assistant to the General President Patrick Morrison recognized Sawusch as "a leader in the industry." As a member of the IAFF Task Force, Sawusch will work with other national leaders and professional experts with a vested interest in burn prevention.

The IAFF, headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Ontario, represents more than 300,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics. Among other things, the IAFF provides training and programming to emergency responders. IAFF members protect more than 85 percent of the population in communities throughout the United States and Canada.

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