The San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation and the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation have partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to provide two grants totaling $164,500. The county Board of Supervisors announced its acceptance of the donation which will go toward the installation of 70 mobile data computers (MDCs) on CAL FIRE firefighting rigs in the backcountry.

San Diego Gas & Electric, which is a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, donated a $131,600 to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation and another $32,000 to the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation to cover the total cost of the MDCs, according to an announcement.

The company stated that MDCs are a dispatch tool used by the Fire Authority to provide navigation, display pre-plans identifying potential hazards, and a way to communicate with dispatchers in real-time during an emergency.

“It was not that long ago when our hard-working first responders were using nothing more than a paper map and radios to pinpoint locations of emergencies. Now, using MDCs, our firefighters are equipped with navigation and real-time communications with dispatchers further enhancing situational awareness and improving response times,” Scott Drury, president of SDG&E, said in a statement. “This partnership is making a regional impact by changing the way firefighters respond to emergencies and protecting our communities.”

SDG&E said it has donated more than $5 million through its SAFE San Diego initiative — a program that provides funds to fire agencies, fire safe councils, community emergency response teams and other organizations that educates the public about fire prevention, encourages emergency preparedness, carries out response and recovery, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster.