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SDG&E Gives $1M To Fire Safety Groups

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San Diego Gas & Electric announced day a total of $1 million in grants were awarded to fire safe councils, community emergency response teams, and tribal community preparedness and fire prevention programs.

The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County — a nonprofit made up of federal, state and local agencies that promotes fire safety education and encourages preparedness — received $20,000.

Also receiving funding were Poway CERT Program, 2-1-1 San Diego Disaster Program, the San DiegoBurn Institute, and Rincon Fire Safety and Prevention Outreach, according to SDG&E.

"Safety is paramount at SDGE, and we will continue partnering with state and local fire agencies, first responders, and weather experts to enhance overall fire preparedness in the region," said John Sowers, vice president of electric distribution operations. "SDGE is proud to support these regional safety partners whose programs help entire communities prevent and prepare for future fires and other emergencies."

The money was provided through SAFE San Diego, an SDG&E philanthropic initiative aimed at supporting nonprofits dedicated to disaster preparedness, emergency response training, wildfire education and defensible space assistance programs.