Remains of a heater fire. Courtesy of Southsumterfire.org

Stay Warm at Home Safely by Following These Tips

As our clocks fall back one hour to Pacific Standard Time, it is getting darker earlier and colder. Is your home furnace or heater ready to operate safely? More than 65,000 homes fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. Do the following to make sure your home is not one of those: Space heaters Never use a Bar-B-Q or other heating source, which was not designed for that purpose Plug space heater directly into the wall, never … [Continue Reading...]

Mapping San Diego County's lesser known areas because that's where wildfire's start.

We’re helping the County and CalFire map San Diego’s back country, because that’s where our wildfires start

There are three critical elements related to the effectiveness of firefighters in responding to a medical or fire emergency: Having the needed training Having all the appropriate equipment Getting to the scene as rapidly as possible Firefighters + Mobile Data Computers Time (Lives) Saved The Fire Foundation, in partnership with the San Diego County Fire Authority and Cal Fire, has done a great job with the first two elements, … [Continue Reading...]

Cadets train with hoses at the fire academy

Explorer Program Prepares High School Kids for a Career in Firefighting

Each year fire chiefs across the County identify a significant fire/emergency issue they need help with, and the Fire Foundation asks supporters to donate towards the solution. This year, your donation will address two large community issues: Firefighter shortages due to retirements and transfers Disadvantaged youth graduating with no career path With retirements and firefighters transferring out of county, there is a shortage of … [Continue Reading...]

San Diego Fire Prevention

Four out of every five U.S. fire deaths occur at home

Fire Prevention Week: October 7-13, 2018 You are more likely to die in a home fire today than ten years ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: ”Look, Listen, Learn.  Be aware – fire can happen anywhere”. Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and prepare in the event of one:     Look for places fire can … [Continue Reading...]