Fire season arrived early and ferociously

Fire season arrived early and ferociously

Black soot covers homes, families are displaced, and fire-rescue personnel are stretched thin. Fire season arrived early and ferociously in San Diego. Protecting and preventing disasters and taking care of our community when disasters occur is the work of the San...
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...
ABOVE & BEYOND ANNOUNCEMENT

ABOVE & BEYOND ANNOUNCEMENT

While the risk to San Diego County’s general population remains low for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), each day brings new information as well as recommendations pertaining to large group events. We are now faced with a much different environment than just a week...
Girls Empowerment Camp Announcement

Girls Empowerment Camp Announcement

We have received many emails and questions wondering if this year’s GEC is canceled. We appreciate your patience and are sorry that we don’t have good news. In keeping with the guidelines set by the state and county of San Diego and out of an abundance of caution for...
Spotlight on San Diego Lifeguard Service

Spotlight on San Diego Lifeguard Service

San Diego Lifeguard Service has new rescue and recovery tools with the donation of two Piranha P1 Scooters by the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. The underwater scooters will allow divers and dive rescue specialists to conserve energy and spend more time in the...
There for each other

There for each other

This past year, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) was often asked to help fight fires elsewhere in the state. And they went, without question. Every fire agency in California, has signed on to a mutual aid agreement that says, in essence, if you need help,...
Will you be a hero for our heroes?

Will you be a hero for our heroes?

Thank you for being there for the men and women, San Diego’s dedicated first responders, who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. Because of your dedication, I count you as a first responder, as well .   Many people may not know that the majority of San Diego...
Meet the Fire Chief

Meet the Fire Chief

San Diego’s 18th fire chief is something of an outsider, but also a familiar face. Chief Colin Stowell started his career with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department thirty years ago and rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief of Emergency Operations in 2015. A...
Meet the STAR Team

Meet the STAR Team

You probably know about the police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team. But do you know that a special team from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responds to every SWAT incident? It is the Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) Team, a unit of 18 specially trained...