About Us

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 support the City of San Diego’s firefighters, lifeguards, and paramedics.

Mission: Our mission is to benefit the San Diego community by providing philanthropic support to obtain enhanced equipment, training, and technology that will allow our San Diego first responders to better protect the citizens and property of San Diego and the surrounding region from the ravages of fire, natural disasters, and unforeseen injuries and illness.


The Problem


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.

Unfortunately, due to city budget constraints, our first responders are at an increased risk of losing valuable technical resources and funding for necessary training and education. Often, these resources and training are left unfunded. Without this funding, our first responders are left with the tough decision of either going without or covering the shortfall with their own personal funds.

The Solution

Our funding starts where San Diego’s City budget ends.

The Fire Rescue Foundation seeks to rectify these budget constraints by providing the means to introduce and/or improve tools, equipment, and technology 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.

Donate by MAIL

Send your check payable to:
San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 235837
Encinitas, CA 92023-5837

Donate by PHONE

Please call the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation