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Additional 2019 Grants $51,000

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Ramona firefighter, who received a 2019 grant, stand by their firetruckTo celebrate it’s 30th birthday, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation awarded an additional $51,000 in grants to local fire agencies for equipment and training.

“These grants enable fire departments to obtain needed fire, medical/rescue and communications equipment and training so our firefighters can deliver the highest level of service to all our communities,” said Fire Foundation Chairman Frank Ault. The grants fund the following equipment and training:

  • Alpine Fire Protection District: Radios and rescue air bags
  • Borrego Springs Fire Protection District: Rope rescue equipment
  • North County Fire Protection District: Protective clothing & training
  • Ramona Fire Department: Physical training workout equipment

$95,000 in grants awarded earlier this year supported the entire region, including mobile data computers for 33 fire engines in rural San Diego County and detailed map books to reduce response times and assist with evacuations. Joan Jones, Fire Foundation’s Executive Director said, “We want to make San Diego County the safest county in the nation from major disasters; and avoid the wildfires San Diego experienced in 2003 and 2007, and those experienced elsewhere in California the last two years. This requires a comprehensive regional approach to prevention and suppression”.

The Fire Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has donated $5.6 million during those years to make our citizens safer, including $146,000 to date in 2019.

Contributions from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the San Diego Foundation, Grossmont Healthcare District, and many individuals have made these 2019 grants possible.