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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San Diego Spotlight

San Diego Teens Each Win $500 in our Home Fire Escape Plan Contest

Two winners, an 8th grader and a high school senior, were chosen from a large field of contestants because of their well developed plans.

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Regional Overview

We're helping the County and CalFire map San Diego's back country, because that's where our wildfires start

Only $47,000 left to raise to provide firefighters with mobile data computers and update County Assessor maps to include truck trails, dirt roads, and irregular addresses.

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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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Current Issues

San Diego's terrain makes fighting fires difficult

Many forces effect firefighter's ability to fight fires.

Fire and medical preparedness and response has improved greatly at all County departments over the last 20 years. However, there are economic, natural, and population issues which could deteriorate this improvement, and endanger lives and property.

Forces of Nature

  1. Our beautiful landscape of vegetation from the seashore to the mountains is located in canyons and steep terrain. Homes are built in and around this terrain.
  2. San Diego is in a semi-arid climate zone, so unless watered by homeowners, this vegetation is dry and very flammable.
  3. We are home to Santa Ana winds which can reach speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.
  4. We are isolated in a corner fo the United States with no firefighting resources to the west and south, and with limited resources to the east.

Economic Forces

The economy has also put a severe strain on all our County fire departments. Fire departments receive their funding principally from property taxes. Due to the decrease in property values, these taxes are in some cases decreasing and in other cases not keeping up with the rising cost of fuel, insurance, etc. In 2011, these conditions caused The City of San Diego to close fire stations on a rotating basis.

Increased Population

With an increase in our County’s population, the number of emergency calls continues to increase. This results in more wear and tear on all fire trucks and rescue vehicles, as well as on all fire and medical equipment and supplies, plus more fuel usage and vehicle maintenance. Thus there is a constant need to replace and upgrade equipment and fire apparatus to keep the level of service up to what we have today.


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