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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National Interagency Fire Center
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June Fire Foundation Chairman's Letter



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Russell Knowles named Fire Chief

Twenty-five year firefighting veteran Russ Knowles is the new Escondido Fire Chief. 

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the Fire Chief for the City of Escondido. I look forward to making sure Escondido and our neighboring communities have immediate access to the best trained firefighters and paramedics, and to the most effective medical and firefighting technologies available."
~ Chief Russell Knowles


Congratulations Chief!

Read more about Chief Knowles and his experiences from our recent interview.



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Man Who Stabbed Firefighters Gets 24-Years

Ryan Jones, 35, was sentenced for attempted voluntary manslaughter and other charges in last year's attack on two paramedics. The paramedics had been called to a trolley station to assist him.


Upcoming Events

June 4

Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby 

Del Mar Fairgrounds
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June 18-25

The United States Police & Fire Championships
Del Mar Fairgrounds
The competition will bring thousands of emergency responders from across the country to participate in Olympic-style events.

September 8

FahrenheitSD fund raising dinner, music and auction
Hyatt Regency La Jolla for San Diego City Fire/Rescue Foundation

September 10

San Diego Stair Climb
San Diego Hilton Bayfront

October 3

Fire Chiefs’ Golf Classic
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Club

October 8

San Diego Fire & Rescue Foundation 5K Kids Run and Safety Expo.
Embarcadero Marine Park South

October 15

Fire Chiefs’ Party in the Paddock
Del Mar Fairgrounds Paddock

October 21

San Diego Fire Department 2016 Service Awards Honoree Luncheon
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

*Send us your events

Any Department wanting to publicize an event can send it to us by the 20th of every other month for inclusion.

Kids and Water Safety

With just days left before school is out for the summer  and temperatures heating up, thoughts turn to staying cool and having fun in water, whether it is a swimming pool/spa, lake, river or the ocean.  
We don't want you or your loved ones to be one of the 11 people that accidentally drown every single day in the U.S., so we share the following:

Drowning statistics:

  • Leading cause of injury-related deaths to children under age 5
  • 2nd leading cause of injury-related deaths for those under 15
  • 80% of those who drown are males

 General Water Safety Rules:

  • Always have a responsible adult supervise children in the water
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Always know your location in case you need to call 9-1-1 (Dispatch can't automatically locate you from a cell phone)
  • Learn water safety and how to swim
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Make sure babysitters know all the above
 Your Home Pool or Spa Safety Rules:
  • If your child missing, look in the pool first!
  • Children or beginner swimmers should always have a floatation device
  • Drain wading pools, tubs, etc. which contain water if there are small children - babies can drown in less than an inch of water
  • Keep spas and pools covered when not in use
  • Install four-sided isolation fencing with self-closing and self-latching gates that completely surround pools from the house and yard


Lakes and Rivers Safety Rules:

  • Always use a US Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • If operating a boat: Avoid Alcohol, know and obey all rules and be properly trained and licensed
  • Know local weather conditions and forecasts
  • Never underestimate the strength of river currents and submerged objects which can trap or injure you
 Ocean Safety Rules:
  • Swim near lifeguard stations
  • Do not attempt to swim out beyond your skill or confidence level 
  • Know and obey colored beach warning flags
  • Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore
  • Just because you are a good pool swimmer, does not mean you know how to properly swim in the ocean.  Recently a local area high school swim team had to be rescued by lifeguards in the ocean because they were not familiar with the cold water’s impact on muscles and the strength and movement of the ocean 
Please enjoy the warmth of summer, have fun, but be safe for your own sake. Always think of others. You do not want your family and friends grieving over the loss of your life.

Firefighters need your help!

Rural San Diego County Fire Departments have submitted grant requests totaling $562,000.

In addition to requests for equipment, there are three larger applications which warrant special mention and financial support from the community to enable those needs to be met.

The Borrego Springs Fire Protection District Needs a New Driveway

The Borrego Springs Fire Protection District has one fire station serving their large desert community and surrounding areas with both fire and ambulance service. Their asphalt driveway has completely deteriorated over the years due to heavy use and the hot desert sun. It is patched with sand, but is causing maintenance issues for the fire engines and ambulances as well as flooding issues for the station when it rains.

Cost: To properly grade and pave the driveway, $150,000+. The high cost is due to hauling the asphalt all the way out there and the driveway is very long.

Elfin Forest Volunteer Fire Department needs protective clothing and radios

July 1 is the scheduled date for the consolidation of the Elfin Forest / Harmony Grove Volunteer Fire Department into the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. This consolidation will benefit both departments with better service, especially the new developments being constructed in the Harmony Grove area. Elfin Forest is still going to be a volunteer fire station within the newly consolidated department, but some of its equipment, particularly firefighter protective clothing and radios are outdated and must be brought up to standards.

Cost: $60,000.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for all rural departments

The Fire Foundation is starting year two of its campaign to provide new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to all rural fire stations as many of the current AEDs are non-functional or outdated and not compatible with the units used by paramedics serving those areas.

The new technology AEDs are necessary to insure all heart patients receive the best possible care in the field to increase their chances of recovery.

Cost: $190,000, of which the Fire Foundation has successfully raised $42,000 to date.  

Donations to support these specific needs, as well as other fire department equipment and training needs, can be made: 


By mail: 
San Diego Regional Fire Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Suite 200
San Diego 92106.

Please help us support your firefighers who keep you safe! 


We wish you a happy start to your summer!

Frank Ault
Frank H. Ault
Board Chairman
Joan Jones
Executive Director
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San Diego Regional Fire Foundation
A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
TEL: (619) 814-1352
2508 Historic Decatur Road Suite 200,
San Diego, California 92106.
FAX: (619)239-1710