The San Diego
Regional Fire Foundation Presents

Command Post: San Diego

A unique look at Fire and Emergency Response in San Diego County: Meet the men and women who keep us safe, and learn more about what you can do to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Fire House 101

Additional 2019 Grants $51,000

To celebrate it's 30th birthday, the Foundation awarded an additional $51,000 in grants to local fire agencies for equipment and training.

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Prevention & Preparedness

We are keeping local communities & firefighters COVID-19 safe with $410,000 of equipment grants

We have provided $410,000 in grants to fire agencies to keep San Diegans and firefighters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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San Diego Spotlight

We are keeping local communities & firefighters COVID-19 safe with $410,000 of equipment grants

We have provided $410,000 in grants to fire agencies to keep San Diegans and firefighters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Regional Overview

We are keeping local communities & firefighters COVID-19 safe with $410,000 of equipment grants

We have provided $410,000 in grants to fire agencies to keep San Diegans and firefighters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Command Post: San Diego
CalFire Incidents
National Interagency Fire Center
(National Fire Tracking)
National Incident Information System
(Wildfire Tracking)
Ready San Diego
2-1-1 (San Diego)

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February Fire Foundation Chairman's Letter




We gave nearly $500,000 in grants to San Diego County Fire Agencies in 2015!

We hope you and yours are a little safer this year because of it.


Siene Freeman

One woman chose to change her life mid-career and follow her dream into firefighting.

Read her story here.



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Julian's new 24-hour Paramedics


Julian residents and visitors now have around the clock paramedic engine service thanks to the San Diego County Fire Department. This new fire engine, staffed by Cal Fire, joins two full-sized fire engines, two rescue vehicles, and one smaller engine staffed by Julian volunteer firefighters.

According to County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, “This big boost in paramedic service is not only good news for Julian residents, but for all those who visit our beautiful backcountry each year.”



Tornado in San Diego? What?

Water Spout over Malibu
NOAA/NWS photo of a waterspout near Huntington Beach Pier in 2005.

In January, various San Diego County Residents received a text alert. "Tornado warning, take cover immediately."

As San Diegans, there was much confusion on what to do in this kind of emergency.

According to, these are some of the appropriate choices if you receive a tornado warning and you are not inside a sturdy shelter:

1) Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.

2) Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.

3) Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

For a more thorough review of what to do in a tornado, see's website.

Upcoming Events


March 2
Firefighter Boot Drive
Various areas around San Diego County

April 22
Firefighter Night at the Padres
Padres vs. Cardinals
Petco Park

May 12
Spirit of Courage Awards Banquet
Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel

June 4
Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby 
Del Mar Fairgrounds

Happy Valentine's Day!


Heart Smart? You'd Better Be!

600,000 people go into cardiac arrest each year. More than 80% of these happen at home and more than 90% of the victims won't make it to the hospital.

That doesn't have to be the case. 

Five minutes of your time today could help keep a loved one alive until help arrives. Learn Sidewalk CPR.

Steps of the "new" Sidewalk CPR:

1) Call 911

2) Put your hands together and push hard at the center of the chest to the tune of the BeeGees' "Stayin' Alive."

3) Continue the compressions until paramedics arrive.


Your co-worker collapses. No heartbeat. You call 911 and begin your Sidewalk CPR (stayin' alive, stayin' alive). Paramedics arrive and bring out an Automated External Defribrillator (AED).

The new AEDs were demonstrated by Project Heartbeat at the Legoland Fun Run last month.

An AED is the most effective way to provide medical assistance to someone having a heart attack or cardiac arrest. AEDs provide an electrical shock to restart the heart and instruct the operator how to perform CPR. New AEDs are so sophisticated that they know how much of a shock the patient needs based on body size and how often they need to be shocked. Paramedics can then send this data to the hospital with the patient for immediate hospital analysis.

According to the Red Cross, quick access to AEDs could save 14% more victims. Unfortunately, most AEDs in our rural fire stations are technologically out of date or inoperative. 

Hearts Touching Other Hearts

The San Diego County Fire Department is looking to the Fire Foundation for a grant to provide funding to replace 150 AEDs in rural fire stations to insure that every fire engine, rescue unit, water tender, and chief and utility vehicle has an operational unit. This is important not just for our rural residents, but for everybody in the County because half of the medical patients treated by our rural fire departments are city folks enjoying the mountains, deserts or just driving through the area.

At a cost of $1,500 each, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has set a goal to raise $225,000. While this is a significant amount, each AED can save a life for just $1,500.

Please help us provide this life saving equipment throughout San Diego County. 

Watch an AED at work, with Project Heartbeat's Maureen O'Connor.


$99,200 Grant Improves County Emergency Preparation 

San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, SDGE's Caroline Winn, City of San Diego Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessey, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, Fire Foundation Executive Director Joan Jones.

On January 26, the Fire Foundation presented a donation of $99,200 to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to purchase equipment that will improve San Diego's emergency services capabilities such as during an El Niño event. The donation was made possible by a grant from SDGE to the Fire Foundation.

Of that, $28,000 was granted to the San Diego County Fire Authority to expand the County’s Advanced Situational Awareness for Public Safety Network (ASAPnet) by providing new microwave radio-based Internet connectivity to two remote fire stations in Boulevard and Jacumba, and upgrade radios at six fire stations. 

The remaining $71,200 was directed to the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services to purchase three portable emergency generators for disaster shelters.

Generators like this will be purchased to power disaster shelters, when needed.

“Adding these generators will help ensure the continuation of life-saving services when our most vulnerable residents, such as those needing oxygen, find themselves evacuated to an emergency shelter,” said Supervisor Chairman Ron Roberts.

The portable generators can be deployed wherever needed during a power outage and assist first responders by enhancing their capabilities to relay real-time information during a disaster.


Space Heaters Can Be Deadly

An estimated 25,000 house fires in the U.S. every year are caused by space heaters (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). At least two home fires in San Diego County were caused by space heaters in January 2016.

If you are going to use a space heater: 

1. Keep flammable materials three feet from the heater.
2. Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
3. Don't leave space heaters on and unattended (including while you sleep).
4. Avoid power strips and extension cords. They can overheat.
5. Use electric space heaters.
6. Never use propane space heaters indoors. 
7. Protect yourself with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.


We hope you will help protect your family and friends by learning Sidewalk CPR. 

Frank Ault
Frank H. Ault
Board Chairman
Joan Jones
Executive Director
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