$353,000 awarded to S.D. County Fire Departments
On September 10, 2014, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (Fire Foundation) announced at a special ceremony the awarding of $353,260 in grants to 19 San Diego County fire departments. Frank Ault, Board Chairman, said “these grants mark two special occasions - the 25th anniversary of the Fire Foundation and that the Foundation has now provided $5 million in grants for equipment and training to enable our firefighters to provide top quality fire and emergency medical services to everybody in our County.”
The Fire Foundation awards are made possible through the donations of: Firehouse Subs, Grossmont Healthcare District, Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego County New Car Dealers Association, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), San Diego Regional Disaster Fund, San Diego Foundation, Sempra Energy Foundation, WD-40 and numerous individuals.
SDG&E VP John Sowers announced a $100,000 donation to the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation to help fund vehicle locators in San Diego County vehicles. Thank you! Photo courtesy of K.E. Pack.
Today’s awards include a $100,000 grant from SDG&E to equip rural fire departments with GPS Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL) that will improve dispatch and response times in the backcountry. “Over many years, SDG&E has been proud to partner with the County, cities, the Fire Foundation, and other non-profits across San Diego County to invest in our ability as a community to meet the challenges of wildfires and natural disasters,” said Steve Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer of SDG&E. “Today, we take another step forward at improving public safety by helping to enable rural fire department vehicles with modern GPS technology.”
“The addition of AVL to rural fire department vehicles will allow us to track our vehicles in real time, dispatch them to emergencies more effectively, and get help to people who need help much faster,” said Tony Mecham CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Department Chief.
“Wildfires are more frequent and continue to escalate in severity in San Diego County,” said Joan Jones, Fire Foundation Executive Director. “The Fire Foundation is very pleased to partner with SDG&E and many others to provide equipment and training programs that improve our preparedness and response to fires and other disasters.”
Agencies that were awarded grants included:
- Alpine Fire Protection District,
- Borrego Springs Fire Protection District,
- Cal Fire,
- Campo Volunteer Fire Department,
- De Luz Volunteer Fire Department,
- Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department,
- Encinitas Fire Department,
- Julian/Cuyamaca Fire Protection District,
- Mission-Centered Solutions,
- Mt. Laguna Volunteer Fire Department,
- Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department,
- Rainbow Volunteer Fire Department,
- Ramona CERT,
- Ranchita Volunteer Fire Department,
- San Diego City Fire Department,
- San Diego County Fire Authority,
- Shelter Valley Volunteer Fire Department,
- Sunshine Summit Volunteer Fire Department, and
- Valley Center Fire Protection District.
The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation was formed in 1989 to improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County by providing financial support for first responder equipment and training, by increasing public awareness, and by facilitating cooperation between cities, fire departments, county agencies, corporations, and other foundations.