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Fire Foundation provides another $177,000 in grants to San Diego County Firefighters

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San Diego Regional Fire Foundation 2015 Awards recipients

At our annual awards on November 19, we presented $177,000 worth of grants to 10 local fire agencies to help them purchase emergency response equipment. The grants included:

Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle
Chief Bill Paskle and Foundation
CEO Joan Jones

Alpine Fire Department

Thermal image camera

Borrego Springs Fire Chief  John Hardcastle
Chief John Hardcastle and Foundation
CEO Joan Jones

Borrego Springs

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for structure fires

De Luz Fire Department received grant
Chief Mike Manchor and Foundation
CEO Joan Jones

De Luz

Helmet lights, lights to illuminate the emergency scene

Chief Rick Marinelle and Foundation
CEO Joan Jones


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Foundation CEO Joan Jones, La Jolla Fire Department Engineer Ernest Sanisya, La Jolla Fire Department Chief Wesley Ruise, and SDGE Media Relations Manager Stephanie Donovan

La Jolla Reservation

PPE, breathing apparatus, fire hose

Chief Dennis Sherman and Foundation
CEO Joan Jones

Mount Laguna

Firefighter training

Chief Bob Uribe and Foundation CEO
Joan Jones

Pine Valley

Hand-held radios for firefighters


Chief Rick Moramarco and Foundation
CEO Joan Jones


Fire hose, foam, PPE.

CRW_0503-webFoundation Chairman Frank Ault, Foundation CEO Joan Jones, CalFire Chief Tony Mecham, CalFire Batallion Chief Chris Amestoy, and Anthem Blue Cross Colleen Petty


Mass casualty kits for all rural fire departments

We’ve distributed nearly $500,000 in grants to fire departments this year, and more than $5 million since 1989.

“Since its inception, the Fire Foundation has granted more than $5 million for firefighting equipment, ranging from basic needs, such as fire hose, ladders and protective clothing to fire engines and ambulances, automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs), mass casualty kits and automatic vehicle locators for fire trucks, which have a major regional benefit,” said Fire Foundation Chairman Frank Ault.

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