Frequently Asked Questions

Who we are

Started in 2005, the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation (Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by former firefighters and dedicated community leaders to help provide the unmet equipment, training, and community education needs of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (Department). The Foundation consists of an all-volunteer Board of Directors and one paid Executive Director.

Whom we serve

The Foundation serves the firefighters, lifeguards and paramedics of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, understanding that supporting the Department benefits the region as a whole.

What we do

The Foundation’s 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.

The Foundation is designed to accept donations, on behalf of the community, to provide direct support to meet the needs of the Department.

How you can help
  • Join our Board of Directors and help lead and grow the Foundation
  • Share information about the Foundation with potential donors and corporate partners
  • Participate in Foundation events by attending, fundraising or volunteering

The Foundation is here to serve those who serve us all and your support is an investment in public safety. For more information about the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation contact Wendy Robinson, Executive Director, at 619.410.4742 or

What we’ve funded

Items the Foundation has recently funded include:

  • Personal Escape Systems (PES) that provide firefighters with the ability to exit through an upper floor window in less than 30 seconds should they become trapped or disoriented during a structure fire.
  • 15 iPads with major incident mapping technology that provide improved management support to our region during major incidents such as wildfires and natural disasters.
  • Pediatric Rescue Carriers secure infants and small patients an allows high angle operations without a first responder having to carry or strap themselves to the patient.
  • Supplemental community education resources to support Fire Prevention Week, Girl’s Empowerment Camp, wildland fire preparedness materials, and education materials for SDFD’s school and station visit program.
  • Enhancements for several fire stations