Our Programs

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 SDFRA require support from donors like you so we can continue serving our Firefighters and families during these difficult times.

Cancer Awareness & Prevention Program (CAPP)

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 Fire 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.

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Aging Heroes

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.

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Relief Crew

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 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!

Learn more

Fire Family Services

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.

Learn more

Cadet Scholarship Fund

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.

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Vehicle Exhaust Extractors Memo

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.

Learn more

Cancer Awareness & Prevention Program (CAPP)

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 Fire 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.

Learn more

Aging Heroes

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.

Learn more

Relief Crew

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 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!

Learn more

Fire Family Services

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.

Learn more

Cadet Scholarship Fund

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.

Learn more

Vehicle Exhaust Extractors Memo

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.

Learn more

Sticker Helmet Memo

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.

Learn more

Front-Loading Wash Machine Memo

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.

Learn more

Graphics Arts Memo

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.

Learn more

SCBA Use Recommendation Memo

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.

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Decon Bulletin

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.

Learn more

Cancer Action Plan

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.

Learn more

Graphic Arts Placement Memo

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.

Learn more

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide charitable assistance to Firefighters in crisis and to promote awareness of Firefighter health and safety issues and the impacts they have upon their families and communities.

Our Stories

Sergio Rivera

God has been so good and watching over Sergio and Sofia. We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support of our family during this time.

– The Rivera Family

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