About Us

Founded in 2015 by a committed group of community activists and business leaders, the Manhattan Beach Fire Foundation serves to strengthen the preparedness and responsiveness of the MBFD.

Our focus is on safety: We support the Department by helping to invest in equipment, training programs, and public outreach that help the Department’s personnel do their job the best they can.

The goal is to enhance the safety of everyone in the South Bay through preparedness and rapid response.


President (Chair): Jill Brunkhardt, Chevron

Vice President (Vice Chair): Lynne Gross (pending)

Secretary: Dickie Van Breene

Treasurer: Paula Packwood

Member: Kyle Ransford, Chef’d

Member: Tom Wilson, Retired Fire Chief