Prevention & Preparedness
Regional Overview

Firefighters throughout San Diego County Need Mobile Data Computers

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We have already raised 53% of the money needed!

The Fire Foundation has already raised $180,000 or 53% of the one-time costs of this Project.


A private donor has offered to match donations raised up to $10,000.


Effective Firefighter Requirements

There are three critical elements related to the effectiveness of firefighters in responding to a medical or fire emergency:

  1. Having the needed training
  2. Having all the appropriate equipment
  3. Getting to the scene as rapidly as possible

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, but there are still serious issues with response times in many rural areas.

All of our county’s urban fire engines and rescue vehicles are equipped with mobile data computers (MDCs). These MDCs show the route to the emergency, details of each apartment complex, water hydrants, etc.Unfortunately, this is not the case in rural San Diego County. County Assessor’s maps are only available to dispatchers, which do not show truck trails, dirt roads, the distance from a house to the address marker, or any numerical irregularities.

The Fire Foundation is teaming with the County Fire Authority and Cal Fire to do a two-year mapping and MDC project for 42 rural fire stations with 70 fire engines and rescue vehicles. This program will improve response times using new mapping standards and technology.

Project Goals….
In 2016, of the 5,000 emergency calls in rural San Diego County, 41% did not meet the target response time of 10 minutes or less. The average response time for those 41% was 16 ½ minutes. If the number of calls meeting the 10 minute target went from 59% to 75% it would be a 27% improvement.

Project Cost… The total cost of the Mapping and MDC Project is $529,000.  San Diego County will pay the annual MDC lease cost of $187,000, leaving the Fire Foundation to raise $342,000 in one-time costs for this Project. The Fire Foundation has already raised $180,000 or 53% of the one-time costs of this Project.  

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