About SRFF

Nonprofit Status

San Rafael Fire Foundation is a nonprofit organization recognized by the State of California and certified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Our EIN can be found in the footer and header of each page. Click the “SRFF IRS” link below to view the IRS approval letter.


Our Mission

Public safety is the most important function provided by the city government. Preventing disasters and taking care of us when emergencies occur is the work of the Fire Department. Firefighters and paramedics save lives every day – Responding to heart attacks, strokes, injuries from car accidents, shootings, drowning, burns and general illness are all in a day’s work. The San Rafael Fire Foundation provides financial support and community backing to the firefighters and paramedics who our protect lives, property and environment. Our goal is to provide  essential equipment, technology and training that keeps our fire department operating at peak effectiveness. Our mission begins where the city budget stops.

Board of Directors


Chair: Jack Devlin –  A San Rafael resident since 1969 following military service, his professional career includes insurance operations management, enterprise technology management, and business consulting over a forty-five year span. Jack has served as a volunteer in his neighborhood and on several San Rafael City committees.

Vice-Chair: Patricia Kendall – Pat is the Medical Group Administrator for Kaiser Permanente in Marin and Southern Sonoma counties.  Her guiding philosophies are patient, family, staff and physician focused.  Pat often speaks of working in the Intimacy Business, believing that seeking Health Care is one of the most intimate things we do in life. Pat serves on numerous civic and organizational boards and had a part in the formation of Marin County’s 911 and EMS System, and most especially, the San Rafael Paramedic Program premiering on 1/1/1980.

Secretary: Merritt Hewitt, Jr. – Ritt has lived in San Rafael since 1976.  During the course of his career Ritt was promoted to Captain, Battalion Chief and Division Chief in the San Rafael Fire Department.  He served on a countywide Paramedic Feasibility committee and has participated in development of  fire protection policies that have a lasting positive impact for the city of San Rafael.

Treasurer: Leonard Thompson – A life-long member of the fire service, Len currently serves as Petaluma Fire Chief. He is a resident of San Rafael, relocating here from Southern California after a 35-year career with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Len also serves as a member of the San Rafael Fire Commission.

Board Member: Jeff Craemer – Jeff is a life-long citizen of Marin County and a long-time resident of San Rafael. After retiring from employment at the Marin Independent-Journal in 1980, Jeff committed himself to community service. Among the many agencies and nonprofits for which he has served are The Western Railway Museum (Suisun Citry), Meals-On-Wheels driver for Whistlestop, and Marin History Museum in San Rafael. He founded the Kentfield/Greenbrae Historical Society, and is currently property director for Trinity Lutheran Church and docent at the San Quentin Museum. One of Jeff’s biggest community service accomplishments was founding the well-known Marin County charitable event for nonprofits called, “The Human Race.”