Fire departments around the county received news Wednesday that they had been awarded a combined $353,260 in grants from the nonprofit San Diego Regional Fire Foundation.
The 2014 grant awards, which went to 19 fire departments, were announced at a special ceremony of the foundation celebrating not only the awards, but the foundation's 25th anniversary. In a release, the Fire Foundation noted that $100,000 of the total awarded came from San Diego Gas & Electric to equip rural fire departments with GPS automatic vehicle locators, capable of improving dispatch and response times in the backcountry.
“Today, we take another step forward at improving public safety by helping to enable rural fire department vehicles with modern GPS technology,” Steve Davis, president and COO of SDG&E, said.
Other donating groups making the wards possible included Firehouse Subs, Grossmont Healthcare District, the Jewish Community Foundation, the San Diego County New Car Dealers Association, the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund, the San Diego Foundation, the Sempra Energy Foundation, and WD-40. Numerous individuals made contributions as well.