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.

Women’s Fire Prep Academy

Women’s Fire Prep Academy

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s fire academy instructors spent six Saturdays at the Training facility this spring, conducting the first Women's Fire Prep Academy (WFPA). The goal was to identify women interested in a career in firefighting and show them what it...

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...