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San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation

Making San Diego the safest county in the nation!

aka San Diego Regional Fire Foundation   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.sdfirefoundation.org

Mission

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (Fire Foundation), a 501c3 organization, is the only fire foundation in San Diego County devoted to supporting the entire county's fire and emergency services providers. Since its formation in 1989, the Fire Foundation has raised and granted over $6 million for equipment and training for fire departments. Our Mission is to strengthen the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County. We: 1. Provide fire and emergency service responders with funding for equipment, training, operational needs, station improvements, communication resources and planning to enable the delivery of top notch infield medical and rescue services and effective fire prevention and suppression services. 2.Increase public awareness of the agencies providing emergency medical and fire services, their needs and the role of the Fire Foundation in meeting those needs with the help of donors throughout our region. 3.Facilitate multi-jurisdictional coordination and cooperation between cities, fire departments, county agencies, and other foundations.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Joan T. Jones

Main address

2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92106 USA

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EIN

33-0386687

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

Safety Education (M40)

Safety Education (M40)

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Our programs

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Grant Programs

The Fire Foundation provides grants for fire and medical /rescue equipment and training to all county fire stations, with an emphasis on rural stations which have minimal tax-based funding. In addition, it provides funding for county-wide initiatives which improve communication systems and programs which reduce response times. Grant programs include:1. individual fire station needs through a formal grant application and evaluation program2. automatic vehicle locator system in all fire /rescue units to insure the closest unit is always dispatched whether it is in or out of its fire station,

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overarching goal of the Fire Foundation is to improve the system of fire and emergency medical services in San Diego County. There are four major goals which support this overarching goal.

a. Provide firefighters, volunteer and career, all the equipment and training necessary to effectively and
efficiently handle any emergency situation to which they are apt to be dispatched.
b. Provide communication equipment and technology to ensure there is maximum coordination and
cooperation among all fire agencies in the County.
c. Provide education to the general public about emergency services and safety information about what
they can do to help themselves prevent an emergency and what steps they should take if there is an
emergency
d. Work with all fire agencies and the general public about fire and accident prevention.

The primary strategy to accomplish the Fire Foundation goals is working with fire departments and other emergency personnel to find out what are the major challenges in the current system. Once each of these issues is determined, then develop a specific plan to reduce or eliminate the issue. Some strategies include:
a. Determine which fire departments are lacking key fire and medical equipment or training and then raise the funds to acquire that equipment or training.
b. Reduce response times by having 1) 7/24 coverage at fire stations versus volunteers responding from their homes and 2) dispatch systems with good on-line mapping and the ability to send the closest emergency vehicle without regard to district boundaries.
c. Determine the most common types of medical calls and provide the general public safety information that will reduce the occurrence of those types of emergencies.
d. Work with all fire agencies to improve interdepartmental coordination and cooperation, including the consolidation of departments or dispatch centers where economically feasible.

The Fire Foundation has been in existence since 1989 working with all fire agencies in our County as well as County governments to jointly determine ways to improve the system of fire and emergency medical services in San Diego County.
Our board members have the skills necessary to address all aspects of accomplishing our goals including: firefighting, medical, fundraising, finance, community and governmental access, communications, technology and public relations.
After the major fires of 2003 and 2007, the County hired a consultant to make recommendations to improve the system of fire response to major incidents and a task force of fire chiefs was formed to implement the recommendations. The Fire Foundation Board Chairman was included on that task force, and the consultant assigned certain public relations safety education responsibilities to the Fire Foundation.
The Fire Foundation continues to play a key role in bringing fire agencies, governmental organizations, businesses, individuals and non-profits together to discuss and resolve fire and medical first responder issues.

In its 28 year history, the Fire Foundation has played a significant role in all that has been accomplished in San Diego County to improve the system of fire and emergency services. Some specific examples include:
a. Raised over $5 million to purchase needed equipment and training for fire agencies.
b. Developed a bi-monthly newsletter, website and brochure which provide the general public information about emergency services in the County as well as fire and medical safety information and what individuals can do to protect themselves.
c. Worked closely with fire and governmental agencies to consolidate fire departments, including the formation of the County Fire Authority which has converted many volunteer fire stations to stations with career staffing, including having paramedics on duty.
d. Improved County-wide systems such as all fire engines having automatic vehicle locators and emergency medical incident kits. Work is continuing to improve mapping systems in rural areas as well as installing mobile data terminals in all fire department emergency vehicles.
e. Coordinate fundraising with all fire departments which have their own 501c3 supporting non-profit and working as a fiduciary for all fire departments without such a supporting non-profit, including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and fire safe councils.
f. Raised public awareness and funds to fix safety issues at schools where students were potentially in danger.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Frank Ault

Retired

Term: 1995 -

Dana Quittner

Retired

Frank Ault

Retired

Susan Raimond

Pet Pause

Gwen Rosenberg

Rosenberg Communications

Bob Spurgin

Spurgin Associates

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/4/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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