OUR PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Firefighters are there for us in some of the worst hours of our lives, so we're honored to be there for them in their times of need. The programs at FirefighterAid require support from donors like you so we can continue serving our Firefighters and families during these difficult times.
The Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program (CAPP) is a program of FirefighterAid, supported by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), Local 145, San Diego Fireman's Relief Association, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. CAPP was founded in 2016 with the sole purpose to reinforce best practices of Firefighters in the workplace specializing in Clean Air, Clean Body, and Clean Gear. The program includes a mandatory cancer training class and video that all SDFD personnel must attend and watch, warning identifiers, behavioral and cultural changes to prevent cancer, and posters of peers strategically placed throughout every SDFD Fire Station and Apparatus.
Most importantly, CAPP is on a mission to break down stereotypes of what it means to be a Firefighter and how to protect themselves every day from the threat of cancer. Join FirefighterAid in our fight to protect our Firefighters from the cancers that chase them while they are saving lives and helping us in our time of need. Help us save the lives of those who save ours. Learn more...
Fire Family Services is a behavioral health and counseling unit that focuses specifically on Firefighters and fire families. Fire Family Services is a subsidiary corporation of the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association, incorporated in the State of California, and conforms to IRS regulations regarding 501(c)4 corporations.
At FirefighterAid, we pride ourselves on the help we are honored to give to fallen Firefighters, widows, children, and family members who have been left behind. We help heroes and their families. If you are seeking assistance from FirefighterAid, please let us know which of the below giving guidelines you qualify for:
• The Fire Chief, or their appointee, of a Fire Department within San Diego County.
• Must be an active duty career or volunteer Firefighter within San Diego County.
• Must be a retired career Firefighter within San Diego County.
• Must be a dependent, spouse, domestic partner, or child of an active duty career or volunteer Firefighter within San Diego County.
• Must be the victim of a fire loss from a fire-related emergency where a local state of emergency has been declared.
• Firefighter who is killed in the line of duty who's traumatic injuries are the direct and proximal result of emergency operations.
Tragically, several of our SDFD friends are currently battling cancer. As expected, many brothers and sisters have stepped up to volunteer their time to help them. FirefighterAid, the nonprofit side of the San Diego Fireman's Relief Association, oversees the backend of this process by creating schedules, assessing needs, and essentially making it easier for volunteers to provide help.
Many people routinely contact FirefighterAid tell us they want to volunteer or to help. So, we've decided to create a database of do gooders who are interested in stepping up to help our own when the need arises.
Examples of needs include: driving Firefighters to appointments, mowing lawns, cleaning up yards, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and more. Once signed up, you'll receive periodic emails detailing volunteer opportunities. Please don’t let the fact that you live remote from San Diego be a barrier to signing up...others may live in the same area and might someday need your help! Join us and be one of the good guys!
When Firefighters make the ultimate sacrifice, whether in the course of their duty or years later because of the health risks they accepted, The Last Alarm is there for their families.
The Last Alarm provides bereavement and funerary support to widows, orphans, and family members of a deceased Firefighter. Program Representatives ensure that grieving families receive the support they need, while also helping to honor the life and service of the hero they mourn.
Aging Heroes is a program that provides supportive care and resources to low-income elderly Firefighters and widows. These elderly community servants have been exposed to significant health hazards before modern safety equipment.
Aging Heroes ensures that our elderly public servants and their loved ones do not slip through the cracks.
The FirefighterAid Cadet Scholarship Fund (CSF) was created to provide financial assistance for Fire Cadets who are making an impact in their community. This scholarship is a one-time award that benefits multiple Cadets.
Awarded amounts are determined every year based on number of applicants and at the discretion of FirefighterAid’s Board of Directors. The CSF is funded entirely by FirefighterAid and its donors.