Las Patronas, a local nonprofit, and the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation stopped by Fire Station 13 on Nautilus Street on Friday morning to present 34 high-tech portable radios to the San Diego Fire-Rescue department. The radios cost $32,484.
The radios will primarily be used during wildfires. The radios will allow firefighters to communicate with other agencies and remain in contact with command leaders. Currently, only captains have access to these radios.
San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar said portable radios assigned to all firefighters during emergency calls are a proven lifesaver.
"This donation means our firefighters are going to be safer during wildfires,"Mainar said, adding that more firefighter injuries and death occur while fighting wildfires than structure fires.
Las Patronas issued the grant, funding raised the money during its , to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. The foundation made the purchase of the VHF radios.
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