About Us

who we are

Since 2005, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation has been committed to ensuring that the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) has the resources it needs to keep our community safe. The Fire-Rescue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a team of dedicated business and community leaders with a mission to provide for the unmet needs of the SDFD.

our mission

Our mission is to provide enhanced equipment, training, technology, and program resources and support so the men and women of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department are better equipped to protect the residents, property, and environment of San Diego and the surrounding region.


Over 1.4 million San Diegans and visitors rely on the rigorously trained San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel, including firefighters, lifeguards, and emergency medical personnel, who cover almost 343 square miles on San Diego County. No matter the challenge, the men and women of the SDFD are here to serve our community with top-quality emergency response.

the problem

The importance of our fire-rescue personnel’s work is undeniable. Unfortunately, due to ongoing budget cuts, the city government can only do so much to support public services. With a tough economy, our fire-rescue personnel often go without specialized equipment and training that would make them safer and their actions more effective.

the solution

By supporting the Fire-Rescue Foundation, you contribute to the safety of San Diego. Our firefighters, lifeguards, and paramedics receive essential equipment, training, technology, and program support to perform their duties safely and efficiently. Your contribution ensures that the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department remains one of the best in serving the community. Make a difference today with a gift of support to the Fire-Rescue Foundation.

Foundation announces new vice-chair

Foundation announces new vice-chair

(SAN DIEGO, April 3, 2024) – The San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Vice-Chair for its Board of Directors. Marcela Escobar-Eck, the President/CEO of the Atlantis Group, will serve as the Board's new Vice-Chair. She has...

Foundation Announces New Grant

Foundation Announces New Grant

(SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2024) – The San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation received a generous grant totaling $367,000 from the San Diego River Conservancy. This funding launches an innovative fire prevention project by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department aimed at preserving...

Tourniquets for our firefighters

Tourniquets for our firefighters

Wildfires pose significant risks to both civilians and firefighters. That's why the Foundation is committed to providing every San Diego firefighter with a combat application tourniquet for their wildland pack. (1,000 tourniquets @ $35/each) The San Diego Fire-Rescue...