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. Tax-deductible donations to the Fire Rescue Foundation directly supports the work of  San Diego’s firefighters, lifeguards, and paramedics.

our mission is strengthening public safety

Our mission is to provide enhanced equipment, training, technology, and community education resources so the world-class first responders 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 first responders – firefighters, lifeguards, and emergency medical personnel – serve more than 1.3 million San Diegans and visitors and cover nearly 331 square miles. Rigorously trained to treat all types of injuries and meet any challenge, the men and women of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department are here to serve our community.

the problem

The importance of our first responders’ 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 first responders 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 fire fighters, 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.
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 have...

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,...