The Coast News Group

Donation funds breathing equipment

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe firefighters can breathe easier thanks to a $6,525 grant from G.S. Levine Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The grant funds self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) cylinders, which provide a continuous flow of clean, breathable air when firefighters are in a contaminated environment with smoke, fire or other hazardous materials.“On average, a firefighter may use up two or more air cylinders during a fire in a single family dwelling,” said Fire Chief Tony Michel. “This grant will help ensure our firefighters have the equipment they need to stay safe while saving lives in emergency situations. We are very appreciative of this grant.”

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District officials, firefighters, and executives from G.S. Levine and Fireman’s Fund formally presented the gifts March 13 at the

Fairbanks Ranch Station 3,
6424 El Apajo.

The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Through the program, grants are awarded to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs. Through this program, G.S. Levine has directed over $37,000 in grants to fire departments nationwide, including two previous grants to Rancho Santa Fe Fire.

To learn more about the grant program and other grants awarded in California, visit