FALLBROOK – The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has awarded two North County Fire Protection District single role EMT employees with scholarships to attend Palomar Community College's Paramedic School and Fire Academy. The donations provided EMT Adam Webb a $5,000 scholarship for Paramedic School and EMT Freddy Avila a $1,000 scholarship toward his attendance at the Fire Academy.
The San Diego Fire Foundation has provided about $100,000 to the North County Fire Protection District and the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Department over the past 10 years. This included fire hose, nozzles, Thermo Gel Fire Retardant and personnel protective gear for Rainbow Volunteer Fire Department and, over the past few years, an extractor to wash turnout gear and automated external defibrillators for NCFPD.
The San Diego Fire Foundation is currently fundraising for a new Stryker motorized stretcher for the NCFPD's ambulance currently stationed in Vista Fire Station 6. This additional ambulance was placed into service back on April 11, 2022, to help with the surge of medical calls in the North San Diego County area.
"The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation is pleased to have provided almost $200,000 in grant funding to support the health and safety of residents of the North County Fire Protection District. $100,000 went to the district for fire and medical equipment including the $6,000 in scholarships recently presented to the District's EMTs to attend Paramedic School and Fire Academy. Additionally, $94,000 was presented to Vallecitos School in 2016-18 to help fix serious safety concerns impacting its students. These grants help the Foundation reach its goal of making "San Diego the Safest County in the Nation," said Frank Ault, Foundation Board Chairman.
"The San Diego Fire Foundation is a wonderful partner to the North County Fire Protection District. I really appreciate them providing tuition scholarships to these aspiring firefighter/paramedics to support them with the expenses of school, as the cost can be prohibitive for some," Keith McReynolds, North County Fire Protection District Fire Chief.
Anyone who would like to donate to The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (501 C3), can visit http://www.sdfirefoundation.org.
Submitted by North County Fire Protection District.