Police And Emergency Services Appreciation Night — “PAESAN” — is a 38-year tradition in Pacific Beach. It’s a community BBQ to honor the first responders who serve our community, taking place one evening every September. It’s also a fundraiser, and each year a team of first responders is selected to benefit from the funds raised. In 2018, that group was the firefighters of Station 21 in Pacific Beach. Read on to learn more about why they were selected.

Did you know that 65% of firefighters develop some form of cancer?

That’s why our 2018 fundraising efforts focused on improvements to Fire Station 21 in PB that will benefit the long-term health of our local firefighters.

Pacific Beach firefightersFirefighters of Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach

Equipment such as a giant extractor fan will remove carcinogenic substances from the air where firefighters work, and new high-end commercial washers and dryers will extract toxic materials from gear they wear. Get details on the Fire Station 21 Health and Safety Wish List [PDF].

The Wish List also includes construction of a clean work area for equipment repairs. Our firefighters also need an ice maker to load up their coolers when they go on fire calls.

In 2018, we raised enough money to make $50,000 in improvements to make the Station 21 work environment cleaner and safer.

Thank you for your support of PAESAN!