Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department to receive grant

A $6,525 grant is being awarded to the RSF Fire District by 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. It is one of the most important pieces of equipment for firefighters to have.

“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 will come together on Wednesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. for a public event where the grant will be presented. The event will be held at the Fairbanks Ranch Station #3, 6424 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067.

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. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $30 million — including more than $8.5 million in California. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like G.S. Levine, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.

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.

“We are truly honored to be able to support our local firefighters who do so much to keep us all safe,” said Gary Levine, CEO of G.S. Levine Insurance Services. “We want to make sure they have the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs safely every day.”

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