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.

Station 39

Station 39

Have you ever stopped to appreciate the people and organizations keeping your community safe? The hardworking crews at Fire Station 39 in Tierrasanta are among the many skilled professional firefighters in every part of the city who provide their expertise and...

Recruiting for SDFD

Recruiting for SDFD

I recently sat down for a cup of coffee with Capt. Jason Shanley to talk about recruitment. If there's anyone who doesn't need coffee, it's Capt. Shanley. With a big smile and ready laugh, he talks a mile a minute and loves to joke. But he's serious about recruiting....

Technical Rescue Team (TRT)

Technical Rescue Team (TRT)

In 2021, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded to nearly 1,500 rescues. Many of those involved hikers, bikers, and horseback riders caught in dangerous conditions. While people can be carried or airlifted from a trail, mountain, or canyon, a rescue involving...