We are supporting and empowering youth through a variety of programs focused on culturally diverse underserved communities. We’re working to grow the next generation of first responders who, through their diverse backgrounds, can better address the needs of their communities.
San Diego County has more Fire Safe Councils (FSCs) than any county in California. FSCs play a crucial role in keeping our region safe from wildfires. On May 31, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation awarded $123,610 in grants to 18 of our local FSCs funding the critical work they do.
Anderson inspects new equipment that will support firefighters’ health and safety. Recognizing the partnership of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the City of Poway, and the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, Supervisor Joel Anderson met with Poway firefighters to see firsthand how their new extractors were going to keep them healthy and safe. “This is a great piece of equipment that helps put the health and safety of our firefighters at the forefront of our priorities”, said Poway Deputy Chief of Operations Brian Mitchell. Extractors launder firefighter’s soiled turnout gear after a fire.
Escondido first responders that saved his life visit him on his second birthday. In January 2022 in the midst of COVID, Zachary was having trouble breathing. From a scary morning to a happy ending, the prompt response of the Escondido Fire Department saved his life. To celebrate his second birthday, the firefighters paid him a surprise visit. A fun time was had by all! You can read Zachary’s entire story HERE. The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation continues to support these heroes to help make San Diego the Safest County in the Nation!
The Trauma that Firefighters Experience on a Daily Basis Has Long Lasting Implications. “Firefighters, police officers and first responders who serve our communities are continually impacted by mental and physical stressors during emergency incidents. Suicide is claiming far too many lives in our professions and this generous gift to our fire agency will bolster our mental wellness program which provides professional help for any fire district employee seeking this critical help. Our mission is to take care of our people so that in turn they can take care our communities, their family and friends with
Students at The Classical Academy TK-8 Developed and PRACTICED a Home Fire Escape Plan during National Fire Prevention Week The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation and the Escondido Fire Department partnered with the Classical Academy to help students and their families be prepared for a fire in their home when sometimes all you have is 1-2 minutes to escape safely. Students drew a floor plan of their home showing all doors and windows and identified two ways to get out of each room. They practiced their own home fire drill with family and planned a
Each day throughout San Diego County, 700 9-1-1 calls are made for medical and other emergencies. Fire Chiefs are telling us that one of their top needs is to grow the ranks of paramedics and firefighters. To respond to this need, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation recently provided $31,000 in scholarships to 7 individuals to assist them in their efforts to become paramedics or enroll in the fire academy. 5 of these first responders are from Chula Vista Fire Department and 2 are from North County Fire Protection District. Working with Fire Chiefs, Southwestern