$353,000 in grants provided to San Diego County Fire Departments in 2014!
We gave $110,000 to county fire agencies to improve response time
Five County fire departments received grants to improve their communication equipment on November 20. Photo courtesy of Kevin Pack, K.E. Pack Photography & Cal-Fire.
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from San Diego Gas & Electric and part of a $25,000 grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District, we presented $110,000 to five San Diego County fire agencies for the purchase of specialized communications equipment.
The following agencies received grants:
- Deer Springs (three stations)
- Mt. Laguna (one station)
- Ramona (three stations)
- San Pasqual Reservation (one station)
- Valley Center (two stations)
Why did they need new communication equipment?
San Diego County’s goal is to have every fire station vehicle equipped with state of the art, standardized equipment to expedite response times, but the equipment is expensive.
The communication equipment consists of AVL (Automated Vehicle Locators) and MDC (Mobile Data Computers).
AVL enables dispatchers to see where every fire vehicle is located and send the closest unit to an emergency, no matter which fire department it belongs to. This can significantly reduce response times potentially saving lives in a medical emergency or keeping a small fire from becoming a major fire. AVL also enables fire commanders to better manage a fire by seeing where all units are located and move them to help save homes as the fire moves and to protect firefighters as winds shift a fire’s path.
MDC’s enable each fire engine’s crew access to important information such as: maps of the area to which they are responding; pre-fire plans; medical information to help treat victims and specialized data about hazardous materials. City fire departments already have this equipment installed in their vehicles, but most rural areas of the county do not have this equipment because their tax revenues are low because the rural areas are sparsely populated.
We are pleased to have been able to provide grants to these departments, and we are grateful to our community partners for helping us get there.