About Us

who we are

Formed in 2005, the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by former firefighters and dedicated community leaders to help provide the unmet needs of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD). Tax-deductible donations to the Fire Rescue Foundation directly support the work of San Diego’s fire-rescue personnel.

our mission

Our mission is to provide enhanced equipment, training, technology, and community education resources so the world-class first responders of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department are better equipped to protect the residents, property, and environment of San Diego and the surrounding region.


Each day, our fire-rescue personnel – firefighters, lifeguards, and emergency medical personnel – serve more than 1.4 million San Diegans and visitors and cover nearly 343 square miles. Rigorously trained to treat all types of injuries and meet any challenge, the men and women of the SDFD are here to serve our community.

the problem

The importance of our fire-rescue personnel’s work is undeniable. Unfortunately, due to drastic 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

The Fire Rescue Foundation provides the means to introduce and/or improve equipment, training, technology and community education resources that will enable our firefighters, lifeguards and paramedics to perform their tasks more safely, effectively, and efficiently to the benefit of our San Diego community. Your support keeps our world-class Fire-Rescue Department at the top of its ability to serve.

Today I am hopeful

Today I am hopeful

Today, I am hopeful. As we near the end of 2020, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your support these past few months. Many of you have reached out with encouraging words and thoughtful donations. I am incredibly grateful for your kind support of our...

What a difference a week makes?

What a difference a week makes?

What a difference a week makes? This time last week, we were struggling with the decision to hold a virtual event in place of our in-person Above & Beyond dinner. Today, we're faced with a global pandemic and self-quarantining. I don’t think any of us could have...