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Almost Every Grant We Give Can Save More Than One Life

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Alpine Fire Protection District life-saving grant

Almost $16,000 was granted to the Alpine Fire Protection District for a cardiac monitor/defibrillator.

In 2016, we presented $280,000 in grants to San Diego County fire departments. These grants enable fire departments to obtain needed fire and medical/rescue equipment and to provide training to insure that our firefighters can deliver the highest level of service to all San Diego County communities. Since inception, the Fire Foundation has provided more than $5 million in funds to local fire agencies. Many of our grants save a life.

For example, at the Alpine grant presentation, heart attack victim Germar Bernhard explained how he was clinically dead and was brought back to life, “using an auto pulse purchased two years ago with a grant from the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation.”


Grant to the Elfin Forest Firefighters

$25,000 grant to the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District to support their Elfin Forest volunteer fire station.

Contributions from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the San Diego Foundation, Grossmont Healthcare District, Southern California Edison, Supreme Master Ching Hai, Wawanesa Insurance and many individuals, including Fire Foundation board members, provided funding for these grants.

Grants included:

  • Alpine: cardiac monitor defibrillator
  • Julian/Cuyamaca: cardiac monitor defibrillator
  • Lakeside: Cedar Fire monument
  • Mount Laguna: cold weather firefighter clothing
  • Palomar Mountain: cold weather firefighter clothing
  • Pine Valley: thermal imaging camera
  • Rainbow: firefighter personal protective clothing
  • Ramona: CERT program support
  • Rancho Santa Fe: personal protective clothing for Elfin Forest volunteers
  • CAL FIRE: mass casualty kits for rural fire departments
  • San Diego County Fire Authority: AEDs and radio systems upgrades
  • San Diego County Office of Emergency Services: portable generators

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