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 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.


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.

Station 42

Station 42

Just off I-15 on World Trade Drive, Station 42 in Carmel Mountain Ranch was built in 1988. It’s a single-engine fire station with four firefighters. There has been a lot of growth and development in their district since then. And, because San Diego Fire-Rescue has a...

Station 35

Station 35

Until recently, Fire Station 35 was the only station in University City (UC), but not the only one serving the area. Station 27 in West Clairemont Mesa and Station 9 in La Jolla both came into the south end of University City, along with Fast Response Squad 56 on...

Station 20

Station 20

The Station that Specializes in Fire Hose Next to the firefighters themselves, fire hose is probably the most important thing on an engine. And that means this is a busy time for Station 20 in the Sports Arena area. In addition to their regular calls, the engine and...