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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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October Fire Foundation Chairman's Letter - Worst fire in American History, Volunteer's Spirit of Courage Award, grants from SDGE and Grossmont Healthcare District


Please help the Fire Foundation equip, train, and prepare our firefighters for  all emergencies


Volunteer Receives Spirit of Courage Award

A man with a five gallon gas can zip-tied to his arm and has poured gasoline over himself. What do you do?

Volunteer fireman and Miramar College Fire Technology student Philip Mainini's reactions earned him the Burn Institute's Spirit of Courage Award.

Read Philip's story here.


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Assistant Chief Susan Raimond Joins Our Board

Sue Raimond joins the SDRFF Board

Mount Laguna Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief, Fire Chaplain, and world-renown harpist Susan Raimond joins our Board.

The Fire Foundation is pleased to announce that Susan Raimond recently joined our Board of Directors.  Susan has 30 years of experience in fire and emergency services and was the recipient of the Fire Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. She joined the Mount Laguna Volunteer Fire Department (MLVFD) in 1986 as a Firefighter/EMT and rose through the ranks to become MLVFD’s Assistant Chief, Administration and one of the region’s Fire Department Chaplains.

She brings with her valuable grant writing expertise, global teaching experience, and a passion for service to the young men and women in a mentor positon. She also brings her musical experience of over 30 years as church Music Director, violinist, harper, and recording artist. 
Her role as Chaplain is the newest addition to her fire service career with a certification from The Federation of Fire Chaplains Chaplaincy Institute. The primary mission of a chaplain is serving those who serve. Fire department chaplains may be clergy or a lay person; male or female; firefighter or civilian. Their role is to provide spiritual or other needed support to those in the fire service, their families or those affected by an emergency or crisis. The chaplain ministers to the needs of people from all religious backgrounds. 
Sue performs other services such as weddings, renewal of vows, funerals and memorial services and is currently serving the East San Diego County area. You can contact her at: or at 619.473.1213.
Apart from her fire service, Susan travels internationally lecturing on harp enrichment for animals as well as hospice and palliative care for both humans and animals at the university level.


Upcoming events

October 5 & 17


The San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association has two events planned for October 2015 to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute’s programs and services. 

October 5: Chiefs’ Golf Classic will be held at the Morgan Run Golf Club. Play golf with fire chiefs and corporate and community leaders, plus attend an awards dinner with a lively silent auction.

October 17: Party in the Paddock: Polynesian-themed awards dinner in the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Party will feature gourmet food stations, fine wines, live music and an exciting auction offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences.


October 24

2nd Annual Mount Laguna Motorcycle Rally & Sunrise Highway Poker Run

Mount Laguna Community Gardens and Charities is holding its 2nd Mount Laguna Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run. Proceeds will be donated to the Mount Laguna Community Gardens and Charities and the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation.

Where: Pine House Café and Tavern, 9849 Sunrise Highway, Mount Laguna, CA 91948
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
or call (619) 473-8857

October 24

Cedar Fire Monument Dedication

Location: Lakeside Fire Station, 12216 Lakeside Ave. Lakeside, CA 92040. 
Time: 10:00 a.m.  
Information: Call (619) 390-2350

After more than a year of work, the Lakeside community will dedicate the Cedar Fire Monument during a short ceremony on October 24.  


October 26


Carlsbad Fire Dept. Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner

Join the second annual fundraising golf tournament and dinner at the Crossings at Carlsbad to support the Carlsbad Fire Department. 

Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Tournament: shotgun format at 12 noon
Dinner and auction: 5 p.m. 

Prizes awarded for Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Hole-in-One, and Winning Foursome. 

To register, sponsor, or donate to this event, visit  

Worst Fire in American History Basis for Fire Prevention Week

Drawing from Peshtigo Fire courtesy of the Wisconsin Electronic Reader.

Two fires started on the same date: October 8, 1871. The best-known of two fires is the Chicago Fire, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned 2,000 acres. 

That was nothing compared to the Peshtigo Fire—by far the most devastating fire in American history. That fire roared through northeast Wisconsin burning 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and burning 1.2 million acres.
Fire Prevention Week was created on the 40th anniversary of these fires, not to celebrate, but to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

Half of Home Fire Deaths Occur While People Sleep

Only one in five home fires are between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., yet half of home fire deaths occur during this time when most people are asleep. Thus the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep”. It is a campaign to make sure there are working smoke alarms in every bedroom. 

Home fires kill an average of eight people every day in the United States. Sixty percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.

Fall Is San Diego's Peak Fire Season

Though house fires and wildfires can occur any time during the year, there is a peak for the wildfire season in San Diego County.  It is late September, October and into November.  While northern California and the northwest have seen major fires so far this season, we are just coming into our peak season.  If a wildfire threatens your neighborhood and you need to evacuate, do you know what to do?

CalFire has created an informative brochure and checklists to help you prepare, including emergency checklists, creating a wildfire action plan, assembling an emergency supply kit, and developing a family communication plan. Click here to view the fire safety checklists. 

Remember the six "P's"

Keep these six "P's" ready in case immediate evacuation is required:
• People and pets
• Papers, phone numbers, & important documents
• Prescriptions, vitamins, & eyeglasses
• Pictures and irreplaceable memorabelia
• Personal computer hard drive and disks
• "Plastic" (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash.

CalFire is San Diego Prepared

We are happy to report that all CAL FIRE resources (engines, bulldozers, hand crews, and most overhead personnel) have been released from the Northern California fires and ready to respond  in San Diego County.

Here are the current Statewide Fire Statistics:

Statewide Fire Activity# of FiresAcres Burned
Jan. 1—Sept. 26, 2015 5,496 305,264
Jan. 1—Sept. 26, 2014 3,318 190,204
5 Year Average (Same Interval) 3,859 106,499

$25,000 grant from Grossmont Healthcare District

San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region.
The grant will  assist in the purchase of emergency medical equipment, including automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) and mass casualty incident (MCI) kits for volunteer fire departments serving East County communities.
The new AEDs to be placed on fire engines will replace several  AEDs that are 10 years or older and may no longer be fully functional.
The MCI kits will enable emergency personnel to treat multiple victims on the scene prior to their transportation to area hospitals. The MCI kits may be used to assist  multiple victims of such emergencies as a school or workplace shooting, terrorist attack, multi-vehicle automobile accident, major fire, earthquake or collapsed building.


SDGE and the Fire Foundation to the Rescue!

La Jolla Indian Reservation Volunteer Firefighters

La Jolla Reservation Volunteer Fire Department will receive a grant from SDGE and the Fire Foundation for essential equipment including fire hose, firefighter protective clothing and breathing apparatus. Photo courtesy of La Jolla Reservation Volunteer Fire Department.

The La Jolla Reservation Fire Department is one of the most financially needy departments in San Diego County, as the tribe has no casino-based revenue. The volunteer fire department serves not only the residents and guests on its reservation, just south of Palomar Mountain, but responds to all fire and medical calls in the area. This includes Highway 76, which runs through the reservation. Based on this highway, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has provided a grant of $482,000 for equipment such as fire hose, firefighter protective clothing and breathing apparatus. Since the equipment will also be used for non-highway use, the La Jolla Reservation must provide matching funds of $52,000 to get the full grant and must order the equipment by September 30, 2015.
The reservation approached the Fire Foundation in August 2015 for assistance in obtaining the matching funds. We reached out to a number of possible funders and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) stepped up with a donation of $51,000.  SDGE saw an excellent way to leverage their funds by providing $51,000 and combining it with $482,000 from DOT and $1,000 from another source to purchase $534,000 in equipment to greatly improve public safety in the region.    


All’s Not Well

In this country there are thousands of traps in the form of abandoned wells, many of which are left open. 

Many remember in 1987 when 18-month-old "Baby Jessica," fell into a well only 8 inches wide and was trapped 22 feet underground for 58 hours. The nation watched, transfixed as firefighters successfully rescued her.

Just last month, a four-year old boy fell into a well in Mississippi. Though rescued in just three hours, they also found his dog, which had been missing for a week, alive . Apparently, the boy heard the dog bark, walked over to find it, and fell in. The well was only covered with overgrown weeds.

Can this happen in San Diego County? 
Yes, it did happen in 2013. A man fell 35 feet to the bottom of a well in Potrero (near Campo). He was critically injured as he fell to the bottom of the well. Firefighters from multiple agencies took 2.5 hours to rescue him. 

Check Your Properties
Please check your properties for abandoned wells. If you find one, permanently seal it with concrete or a steel cap. If you have a well which is still in use or which will be used in the future, fence the area as you would a pool.

Many people cover their wells with wood boards. Those boards weaken with age and any weight causes the wood to give way. If you use a temporary cover like wood, it should be checked and replaced periodically. 

We urge you to remember the Six "P's" and check out the safety tips mentioned above. Be fire safe as we are approaching our peak fire season!

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