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newly consolidated department, but some of its equipment, particularly firefighter protective clothing and radios are outdated and must be brought up to standards.
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Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to all rural fire stations as many of the current AEDs are non-functional or outdated and not compatible with the units used by paramedics serving those areas.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:
San Diego Regional Fire Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Suite 200
San Diego 92106.
Please help us support your firefighers who keep you safe!