Orange County Fire Authority Foundation


To assist the Orange County Fire Authority with additional resources needed to provide an enhanced level of fire prevention, suppression, and emergency medical services to the citizens of Orange County


Your donation will be used to assist with providing the highest level of technology, equipment, tools, training, education, and community outreach to the citizens of Orange County. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to the Orange County Fire Authority Foundation are tax deductible.

The Orange County Fire Authority Foundation
Established in 2010
Nonprofit 501(c)(3)
EIN 33-0681319


Best and Bravest

The Best and Bravest Awards Dinner honors the men and women of OCFA who protect the public on emergencies and provide service to our communities throughout Orange County. Held annually in the Spring, the banquet spotlights employees that have demonstrated heroic or meritorious performance and have gone above and beyond in the line of duty.

Fire Cadet Program

Fire Cadet Program gives young people (ages 14-21) valuable insight into the firefighting profession. The program experience helps many of the graduates determine if fire service could be their desired career path. Approximately 60 participants in the week-long academy held annually in July gain personal confidence through developing both mechanical skills and aptitude, learn to use various tools, experience team building, and most importantly, leave with heightened fire safety awareness.

Girls Empowerment Camp

To help make this vision a reality, the Girls Empowerment Camp (GEC) is held as an annual, no-cost, two-day camp open to teens ages 14-18. The camp introduces participants to the fire service and related public safety careers, but specifically provides them with a realistic, hands-on overview of firefighting. The camp exposes participants to all aspects of a fire service career and the essential requirements of being a firefighter, both mentally and physically. The program also aims to empower the participants with life skills and professional guidance mentorship that encourages them to pursue a career in public safety ... and start sooner than later!

The camp features numerous hands-on stations which include but are not limited to: Ropes and Rappelling, CPR/First Aid, Aerial Ladder Climb, Confidence Course, Forcible Entry, Vehicle Extrication and Hose Handling. Your donation is used to provide participants with an OCFA/GEC t-shirt, GEC hat, water bottle, free drinks and meals throughout the weekend, and other unique, keepsake GEC memorabilia that the participants can showcase and be proud of after the completion of their weekend with OCFA!

Spark of Love Toy Drive

The Spark of Love Toy Drive collects over 35,000 toys and $40,000 in monetary donations for children in need. In addition to collecting toys at all 77 of our fire stations from late November through December, the OCFA works with numerous businesses and organizations within our community jurisdiction to collect toys benefitting over 100 non-profit agencies.

Other Community Fire Safety Programs and Projects

Throughout the year, the OCFA Foundation supports numerous additional important events. Learn more amount them here:

  • Employee Mental Health Fitness Challenges


  • OCFA Tours & Open House


  • Smoke Alarms/Assistance for the Deaf


  • The OCFA Firefighters Memorial


Foundation General Fund Donation

To make a general donation to the Foundation that will be used to directly support any combination of programs, select DONATE for electronic processing, or for donation by check:

Please make payable to the Orange County Fire Authority Foundation

Mail to:
Orange County Fire Foundation
Attn: Jim Ruane, CFO
1 Fire Authority Way
Irvine, CA 92602

To become a sponsor, make a donation, or for additional information, please contact:
Jim Ruane
OCFA Assistant Chief of Logistics and
OCFA Foundation Chief Financial Officer


The Orange County Fire Authority Foundation is directed and administered by the following volunteers

Board of Directors
Doug Davert, Chair
Chris Lowe, Vice Chair
Sherri Butterfield, Director
Al Murray, Director
Thomas Wilson, Director

Officers and Staff
Brian Fennessy, CEO
Jim Ruane, CFO
David E. Kendig, General Counsel
Maria D. Huizar, Secretary


Board Meeting
December 21, 2023

Financial Reports
Fiscal Year 2019/20


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