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Now Hiring - IT Manager

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

Under general direction, serves as the District’s overall program manager of all IT needs.

EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Manage all hardware and software programs and subscriptions
  • Manage District telecommunications
  • Manage budget and strategy for all District IT needs

QUALIFICATIONS:

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King Tides Are Back This Friday 11/13/20

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Upcoming High Tides

Living near the ocean we get to enjoy the many things that it has to offer, but we also have to deal with the issues it can bring. One of these issues are the occasionally higher than normal tides, sometimes referred to as “King” Tides. However, as opposed to other natural issues, we know when these high tides will occur far in advance.Check out these expected high tides in the coming month that may impact traffic and parking in flood-prone areas, especially during winter weather. Take note so you don’t end up getting wet by surprise.

What causes sea level rise, and what do King Tides have to do with it?

The sea level rise we're experiencing now and will experience in the future is caused by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere acts like a blanket, trapping in heat that would otherwise escape. When we burn fossil fuels, we're adding more carbon dioxide, "thickening the blanket" and warming the planet and ocean. Sea level is rising because land-based glaciers and ice sheets are melting into the ocean and also because water expands in volume when it warms. The amount of sea level rise we will ultimately experience will depend on how quickly we stop burning fossil fuels.

King Tides themselves are not caused by sea level rise, but allow us to experience what higher sea level will be like. King Tides are the highest high tides of the year, about a foot or two higher than average tides, which corresponds to the one to two foot rise in sea level expected during the next few decades. When you observe the King Tides, imagine seeing these tides (and the flooded streets, beaches, and wetlands) every day. Understanding what a King Tide looks like today will help us plan for sea level rise in the future.

Southern Marin Fire District strongly encourages residents in low-lying areas to prepare for all upcoming high tide events.

Please click here for more information on flooding and storm preparedness.

Do You Live in a Flood Zone?

Do you live in a FEMA designated flood zone? Check out the FEMA Flood Map to find out. Or go to the City's Floodplain Management page for more information.

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Now Recruiting - Firefighter EMTs and Firefighter Paramedics

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Joint Recruiting Efforts for Firefighter EMTs and Firefighter Paramedics held by Southern Marin Fire and Mill Valley Fire.  

If qualified, please fill out the 2020-2021 SMFD-MVFD FF PM Job Application AND send your resume AND any copies to Human Resources Manager Liza Andre at landre@smfd.org. We will consider the first 75 FF EMT and 75 FF Paramedic applications received by 11/30/20. 
Learn More, visit link: https://bit.ly/2RRxa6p

This career posting will close at 5PM on 11/30/20 (or sooner if we reach the 75 per category maximum)

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News Release - Follow-up to This Past Weekend's Demonstrations


 

SAUSALITO, CA (11/2/2020)  — The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) has been made aware of a political demonstration in Sonoma and Marin Counties this weekend. During this demonstration, a non-SMFD, privately-owned fire engine participated in the event. This engine is not associated with the Fire Service in Marin County in any way.

We would also like to assert that participation in these types of political demonstrations do NOT align with our core services and mission. SMFD does not condone, nor tolerate, acts of intimidation or threatening behavior. 

Our mission is to contribute to the greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

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Fall Back - Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn Back the Clocks

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California goes off daylight saving time at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. To mark the occasion, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District recommends that you remember to "turn and test," i.e. test your smoke alarms at the same time that you turn your clocks. This will ensure that you check your smoke alarms at least twice per year, when we "spring forward" and "fall back."

A smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family from smoke and fire injuries, but you must take the time to test it to ensure that it is working properly. A properly functioning smoke alarm doubles your chance of surviving a fire by warning you of a dangerous situation before it is too late.

For minimum coverage, have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, hallways outside every bedroom, and in every sleeping area. You can also add alarms to the top and bottom of all stairways and often-forgotten places such as basements, attics, utility rooms, and garages. 

Almost all smoke alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Most alarms also have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power. Please note that smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. If you purchased your smoke alarms on or before November 2010, it is a good idea to replace them to make sure they are in working condition.

SAFETY TIPS 
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
 
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
 
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
 
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
 
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use 0special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
 
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
 
FACTS
• A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
• Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level. Smoke alarms should
be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. 
• Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.
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Join Our Team - Hiring For Information Technology Manager

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

Under general direction, serves as the District’s overall program manager of all IT needs.

EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Manage all hardware and software programs and subscriptions
  • Manage District telecommunications
  • Manage budget and strategy for all District IT needs

QUALIFICATIONS:

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Updated Event Info - RED FLAG/PSPS/WIND - Sunday 10/25 Thru Tuesday 10/27

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Extreme fire weather conditions are expected today through Monday as strong winds develop over the region. Now is the time to prepare for wind and wildfire impacts - including power outages. Even if your home is not in the PSPS range, high winds may knock out power in your neighborhood. 
Please take a moment to review and prepare for the forecast conditions and potential impacts listed below.
 
Red Flag Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from October 25, 8:00 PM until Tuesday, October 27 at 5 PM. Forecasters predict a significant offshore wind event, likely the strongest of the year, that will develop over the region on Sunday and peak Sunday night into early Monday morning. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking.  Learn more.
Preparedness Resources
Assemble a "Grab and Go" bag for yourself, your family, and your pets.
High Winds
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from October 25, 4:00 PM until October 26, 11:00 AM. Strong winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Strong winds will have the potential to bring down trees and branches across the region. Any temporary structures such as tents and scaffolding will be compromised.
Public Safety Power Shutoff
PG&E has announced a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff for our area beginning around 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 25 with an estimated restoration date of late Monday, October 26 or early Tuesday October 27. 
 
Community Resource Center Information:
>Old Mill Elementary School
352 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 94941
Date Open: 10/25/2020
Date Closed: To Be Announced
Hours Open:
Sunday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
Monday: 8:00AM - 10PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - Restoration
Location Type: Outdoor
Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi
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>Marin City Health and Wellness Center
630 Drake Ave, Marin City, 94965
Date Open: 10/25/2020
Date Closed: To Be Announced
Hours Open:
Hours:  3:00PM - 10:00PM
Location Type: Outdoor
Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi
 
Questions? The County of Marin has implemented a new call center to answer your questions about the Marin County PSPS. All calls should be directed to the call center. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 unless you have an emergency. The call center can be reached by calling (415) 473-7191 and pressing 3. The call center will be staffed today (Sunday) from 3:30PM to 10PM. It will reopen tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9:30AM
Preparedness Resources:
Find out how you may be impacted - PG&E PSPS Update Page
Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts
Check out this resource page for all the ways we can get in touch with you with information and updates.
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Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning - What's The Difference?

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Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning -- what's the difference?

 

A Fire Weather Watch is issued several days before an event that may produce critical fire weather conditions.

 

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Emergency Response Drill - Save The Date 11/1

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 10:00 AM  

NRG COMMUNITY EMERGENCY DRILL 

Southern Marin Fire Protection District strongly supports the work of the Tamalpais  Valley Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) Network to organize the community and  strengthen social cohesion in order to improve outcomes in response to disasters and  emergencies such as large-scale earthquakes, wildfires, flooding and even PSPS’s. 

Research shows that preparation and practice are key to increasing resiliency and  surviving emergencies, and that community drills are an essential component this  preparation. 

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Save The Date - Vegetation Management Program 10/19/20

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Paved road clearing consists of trimming tree branches over roadways, limbing up tree branches off of the ground, removing ladder fuels and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks and the clearing of vegetation around fire hydrants. The benefit for this clearing is to allow for a safe and efficient response by emergency personnel. 

The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to a Sausalito  neighborhood soon with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets. The focus of the Vegetation Management Program in your neighborhood includes:
  • Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access
  • Removal of all flammable and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks
  • Evaluation of designated parking spots
  • Clearing of vegetation around fire hydrants
  • Any trees identified as dead or dying will be designated for removal with a red dot.
Please do not pile any vegetation on the roadside for pick up. This project is for street clearing ONLY.

The following streets located in Sausalito are scheduled for vegetation maintenance starting on or around October 19, 2020:
Napa Street
Pine Street
Platt Avenue
Rose Court
Toyon Court
Toyon Lane
Turney Street
Vista Clara Road
Woodward Avenue
Wray Avenue
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Fire Prevention Week - Evacuation Plan

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Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.  
 

Escape Planning Tips:

  • Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® requires interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.
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Join Us For The Great ShakeOut

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The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest Earthquake drill! Each year, on the third Thursday in October (this year it’s October 15th), participants all over the world use this opportunity to practice what they would do in case an earthquake occurred suddenly: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!  

 

Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On?

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

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Fire Prevention Week - Cooking With Kids

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Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up tasty snacks for your friends and family? Preparing yummy treats can be lots of fun, but it's important that kids who like to cook know how to be safe in the kitchen. These tips can help you figure out what you're old enough to do on your own—and when it's time to ask an adult for help.

Getting Started: Before you get cooking, you need to get a grown-up’s permission. If you plan to use a recipe, look it over with a grown-up first to decide what you can do on your own and what you need help with. And once you get started, never be afraid to ask for help. Even the best chefs rely on their assistants to help them out in the kitchen.

Helping Out is Fun: From mixing up cake batter to cutting shapes out of cookie dough, helping out a grownup in the kitchen can be lots of fun. So if you're not old enough yet to cook on your own, not to worry; being the chef's helper is the most important job in the kitchen.

Cooking for All Ages: All kids are different—and a grown-up should always decide what is safe for you to do in the kitchen—but here are some guidelines that you can use.

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Fire Prevention Week - How To Teach Fire Safety

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Parents, Caregivers & Teachers - Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. This year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW) campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Did you know children younger than 5 years old are at the highest risk for burn injuries? Burn injuries in young children most frequently occur from contact burns that result from touching a hot object, such as a stove top or an iron. Young children also experience a high number of burns from hot liquids (scalds), such as hot coffee, soup, or boiling water.

Introduce Fire Prevention Week to students, your family, or your community through fun, interactive lessons and activities for all ages. Here are a few interactive PDF's that are really helpful:
Family Cooking Checklist
Kid-Free Zone Coloring Activity
Home Fire Escape Plan 
Flat Sparky Coloring Sheet
Hot or Not Activity Sheet
Interactive Hot or Not Sorting Sheet
Teacher's 5 Day Lesson Plan
Teacher's Stay Away From Hot Things Guide
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Fire Prevention Week - Cooking Safely Tips

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Did you know, cooking equipment causes 49% of all U.S. home fires, 21% of the home fire deaths, and 45% of the injuries, on average each year. Before you serve a meal, it’s essential to serve up fire safety in the kitchen. There’s nothing like spending time in the kitchen cooking a delicious meal for family and friends or an appetizing treat for yourself. But do you know the important steps to take long before anyone takes the first bite?

Cook with Caution:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

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As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Southern Marin Fire District reminds residents: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

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The Southern Marin Fire District is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about  simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.” 

 The Southern Marin Fire District encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

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Statewide Flex Alert issued from 3 to 10 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020

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The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), has been issued for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. With high temperatures in the forecast, the grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use. Reduced capacity, along with fire activity and heat, has led to a potential shortage of energy supply tomorrow evening, CAISO says.

 

Here are five ways PG&E customers can cut their power use and help keep the lights (and air conditioning) on for everyone:

 

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Fire Report - 9/29

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A team of Southern Marin Firefighters have been dispatched to help fight the spread of the Glass Fire in Northern California. Despite the fire activity, your fire stations remain fully staffed and are prepared to respond to all calls for service throughout Southern Marin.

 

As a reminder, we want to stress the importance of preparing in case of an emergency evacuation. Preparations will make all the difference and NOW is the time to be ready. Here are a few ways to prepare and stay informed:

-Pack your go-bag 

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Event: Southern Marin Town Hall focused on Climate & Fire Preparedness

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Join Senator Mike McGuire, Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber, and Southern Marin Fire Protection District Chief Chris Tubbs on September 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a critical community meeting on our climate and the growing size and scope of California’s wildfires.

 

When: September 30, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Southern Marin Climate & Fire Preparedness Town Hall

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Event: FIRESafe Marin Webinar | Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness

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This month, learn how to organize your local community for fire preparedness! For this free webinar, you'll be joined by John Hansen, FIRESafe Marin Firewise Liaison, and Belle Cole, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority's Ecologically Sound Practices Steering Committee member. Topics will include Marin's participation in Firewise USA and a Marin partnership to maintain landscapes that are both fire-smart and ecologically sound.

 

When: September 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness

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PG&E Launches Portable Battery Program for Income Qualifying Customers

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Program Gives 10,500 Income Qualified Customers Enrolled in Medical Baseline Access to Portable Batteries for Use During PSPS Events 

As fire season is upon us and the uncertainty of the pandemic continues to unfold, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is launching a program to further enhance safety when the power goes out for customers that depend on life saving medical equipment. 

The program is available before, during, and after Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events when PG&E needs to turn off power during severe weather for public safety to prevent wildfires. 

PG&E’s Portable Battery Program (PBP) provides no-cost backup portable batteries for eligible income-qualified customers who live in high fire-threat districts (HFTD) and are enrolled in the Medical Baseline program. Additional eligibility requirements include a reliance on medical equipment that operates on electricity to sustain life. Working in coordination with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), PG&E has identified approximately 10,500 customers who could qualify for this program. 

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Public Safety Power Shutoff Notifications- Here's What You Need To Know

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New This Year - Detailed PSPS Notifications to Customers with New Watch and Warning Notifications

 

As Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to improve vital safety communications for customers that will be used before turning off power to prevent wildfires during severe weather, the company has enhanced its notifications to provide more detail about when power is expected to go out, when it may be restored and where customers can go to find additional information. 

 

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Ways To Protect Your Home During Wildfire Season

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Time to prepare your home for wildfire season. Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Vlley Fire Department have been performing defensible inspections, and based on more extreme fire incidents we are asking residents to do more than in the past. Together, we will work to protect your homes and keep our community safe.
Here are a few ways to protect your home:
1) Cut Dry Grass and Brush - cut your dry grass and brush back 19ft from roads, driveways, and your neighbors' property line, 30ft from your home, and up to 150ft if your home is affected by steep slopes.
2) Trim Back Branches - remove branches that are smaller than three inches in diameter that are within 10ft of the structure's roof or chimney.
3) Clear Out Dead Debris - clean out any build-up of dead leaves or pine needles from gutters, decks, roofs, and exterior stairways. Maintain the clearing throughout wildfire season.
4) Remove Dead Vegetation - remove all dead vegetation from the property, including leaves and tree droppings, grasses, bushes, shrubs, and trees. Please remove dead vegetation from within bushes, shrubs, and trees.
5) Limb Up Trees - limb up trees by cutting low hanging branches 10ft from the ground and cutting branches from other trees and shrubs to create adequate spacing.
6) Make Your Address Visible - ensure your address numbers are clearly visible from the road. Placards with contrasting bright color and reflective font. To order a placard, please visit www.smfd.org
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Spare The Air Alert from 9/14 - 9/16

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⚠️Spare The Air Alert is in effect until Wednesday, 16th due to the smoke particles in the air which will continue to cause unhealthy air quality conditions. Please take these precautions throughout the next few days:

1) Stay inside with your windows shut.

2) Limit outdoor activity but if you leave, wear a mask.

3) Be prepared for an evacuation by preparing your emergency kit.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SAFETY STAND DOWN: PART 5

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In the old days, firefighters' coping methods after a heartbreaking or difficult call were gallows humor, denial and alcohol. The overwhelming evidence is clear: Those strategies don't work for everyone.  

Firefighters feel most comfortable talking with their peers -- individuals who share their experiences. That makes the firehouse the perfect place to engage in injury prevention. 

If someone opens up at the kitchen table about a bad call or a difficult experience, don't shout them down. Help them down. And don't be afraid to relate your own experiences and concerns.

Knowing that they're not alone can be the best thing for a brother or sister at risk. 

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SAFETY STAND DOWN: PART 4

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If someone you know is in crisis, it's important to know how they can find help. Resources are available, either through your department or through resources geared toward the needs of front line firefighters:

  • Peer support

  • Suicide intervention

  • Employee Assistance Programs

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Marin Air Quality Impacted By California Fires - 9/9/20

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Ominous orange skies are looming over Southern Marin. SMFD is here to remind you that due to the heavy smoke and falling ash from several of the California fires, please take note of these safety reminders:

-Stay indoors to avoid breathing the air.

-Wear a mask if you leave your home.

-Drive with your headlights on, slow down, and avoid distractions.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 3

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The COVID-19 outbreak has introduced a new and unsettling anxiety to an already stressful and demanding job. Here are some good steps to maintain good mental health:

-Get enough sleep (recommend meditation and sleeping apps)

-Participate in regular physical activity 

-Eat healthy 

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 2

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If one of your fellow firefighters went down in the middle of an active fire, you'd go in to get them out, right? So why not help get them out of an emotional injury?

It starts with awareness. If you see the warning signs of a fellow firefighter  in distress, letting it go shouldn't be an option.

-Be direct: Be proactive and approach someone when you've seen them exhibiting some of the warning signs or appear to be in crisis.

-Listen: Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment, if it appears they are in crisis, do not leave them alone.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 1

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Since firefighters spend long shifts together -- either on the lines or in the station -- they have a special view when one of their brothers or sisters is having trouble. Here are some common signs and symptoms of someone who may be struggling:

-Changes in eating habits such as overeating or a loss of appetite

-Overly worried, even about smaller thing

-Inability to concentrate, memory recall issues, or the inability to think clearly

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down Week: September 7-11, 2020

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September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and it is critical, now more than ever, to bring awareness that Southern Marin Fire District is participating along side fellow California fire stations in the Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down. During the week of September 7th through September 11th fire agencies across the state will be setting aside time to conduct exercises and initiate the conversation on mental wellness. 

A firefighter you know could be suffering in silence and your participation in the Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down could save a life.  It’s time we break the stigma, together. 

Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing a 5-part series from September 7th through 11th in hope to bring suicide awareness to focus. Internally, SMFD will discuss the impact of the job, how to give and get help, and where to go for resources. Together we can help end the stigma that our brothers and sisters are not alone.

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The Heat Advisory Alert from 8:00 am 9/5 through 9:00 pm 9/6

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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Labor Day Weekend as temperatures for interior locations will be in the upper 90s and into the 100s. This heat advisory is set for this weekend, Saturday 8:00am through Sunday 9:00pm. High pressure builds over the Bay Area and Central Coast through the week, making it hot and dry, increasing the risk for wildfires.

Here are a few tips to be prepared:

  • Ensure that all dead or dying grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches, leaves, weeds and pine needles are removed within 30 feet of all structures or to the property line.
  • Practice safe grilling techniques and place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Limit outdoor strenuous activities during the hottest time of the day.
  • Don't not leave kids or pets in vehicles.
  • Stay in air conditioned areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Extra care for seniors, pets, vegetation, and livestock.
  • When at the coast beware of rip currents.

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Have questions about fire evacuation?

Have questions about fire evacuation? As we all know our fire season is off to a start. Our primary concern for citizens of Southern Marin is how to prepare you if ordered to evacuate. This video will be beneficial in helping you and your family stay safe during a wildfire evacuation.

The FireSafe webinar series is created by the members of the educational committee including representatives of the fire agencies, environmental groups, UC Marin Master Gardeners, and various subject matter experts. This project is funded by the new Marin WildFire Prevention Authority. Designed to help you understand and prepare for the threat of a wild fire here in Marin. When we all do our part, we can help minimize risk and save lives as well as property.

This webinar of “Evacuation & Warnings – How To Survive a Wildfire“ will cover the following:

  • Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness
  • How Wildfires Burn
  • Home Hardening
  • Open Space Vegetation Management
  • Zone Zero - critical first 5ft around your home
  • Fire Smart Landscaping
  • Creating Defensible Space; Zones 1,2,and 3
  • Environmental Best Practices
  • Fire Insurance: Are You Covered?

For more information about how you can prepare, please visit southernmarinfire.org or cityofmillvalley.org/fire

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Alerts and warnings – what you need to know

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Alerts and warnings – what you need to know.

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Notifications during an emergency are essential to a successful evacuation.  We use a number of tools to communicate with residents during an emergency.  In this article we are discussing  Alert Marin and Nixle.  

Alert Marin notifications are sent to your phone(s) or email only when action needs to be taken at a specific address (unlike Nixle safety alerts). Keep reading to learn about the differences between Alert Marin & Nixle.

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Fire Season – Well underway!

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Fire Season – Well underway!

The Mill Valley Fire Department and the Southern Marin Fire Protection District are actively assisting other communities throughout California, while still remaining vigilant on the home front with 100% of our stations staffed.  We currently have engines and staff committed to:

  • Santa Clara Lightning Complex
  • Woodward Fire – Marin Coast
  • Butte Lightning Complex

As we navigate an increase in number and duration of Red Flag Warnings, we have added equipment and staffing commensurate with the risks to protect our community first.  We have also prioritized helping our neighbors, because we understand that help will come back to our community when we are in need. 

Navigating a fire season means that we do it together.  Your fire department working hand in hand with neighborhoods to prepare for the worst-case scenario.  This link provides excellent information regarding evacuation from your home/neighborhood, locations of your community refuge areas and assistance with a communications plan.  Remember, if you move slower these days due to injury or advanced age, it is ok to pre evacuate until Red Flag (high fire danger) weather resolved. 

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RED FLAG WARNING

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The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, in effect from 5 AM Sunday, Aug 23 to 5 PM Monday, Aug 24. Dry lightning and gusty winds are expected. REMEMBER: a simple spark could cause a major wildfire DETAILS: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2020/fire-redflag-082220

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Free Webinar: Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm

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Due to the large number of wildfires and associated evacuations that we are experiencing, our webinar topic this month will be "Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire".  Join Todd Lando, Battalion Chief/Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist at Central Marin Fire Department, to learn how to prepare your family, and yourself, to survive and safely evacuate a wildfire. 

Our originally scheduled webinar "Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness" has been rescheduled for next month. 

 
When: August 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire
Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here:
https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962
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SMFD Remains Prepared to Respond to Local Events

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Despite the fire activity across California your fire stations remain fully staffed. We remain  prepared to respond to all calls for service throughout Southern Marin.

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Marin Air Quality Impacted by Local Fires & Drift Smoke

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The fires burning in the North Bay will cause poor air quality for the foreseeable future. A “SPARE THE AIR ALERT” has been issued with an air quality advisory through Thursday. 

Let the smoke in the air serve as a reminder for residents to:

  • Clean your gutters and sweep your decks.
  • Clean up dry vegetation against your home.
  • Check on your neighbors to ensure that everybody can evacuation.
  • Be prepared for an evacuation warning or order, sign up at AlertMarin.org.

To help with evacuation planning, please click here for the City of Mill Valley. Know your way out.

During smoky conditions we ask that you, please do not call 911 unless you see fire.

For more information please call 415-389-4130.

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Red Flag Warning

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2020

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Board of Directors Receives SMFD WUI Hazard & Risk Assessment Report.

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At the Jul 22, 2020 Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting, Fire Marshal Fred Hilliard, and Todd Lando of XMR Consulting, presented the final Southern Marin Fire Protection District WUI Wildfire Hazard & Risk Assessment

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Funded by a CAL FIRE Forestry Grant for Planning, Consultant Todd Lando was hired by the Southern Marin Fire Protection District to conduct a comprehensive hazard and risk analysis encompassing the District and City of Sausalito, which will be used to assist the District in determining how to best allocate fiscal resources as it seeks to reduce risks from the wildfire threat, especially in the WUI areas.  

This assessment looks at current conditions and predicted trends and recommends sound long-term strategies for reducing structural ignitability, managing and reducing vegetation fuel loads on public lands and private property, and improving wildfire response and suppression capabilities within the boundaries of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

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Marin Fire Chiefs Release Public Message on Importance of Calling for Assistance Immediately

Today, April 27, 2020, Novato Fire Chief and Marin County Fire Chief's Association President Bill Tyler released the following statement on behalf of all Marin County Fire Chiefs.  The Press Release is linked here: For Immediate Release COVID.pdf.

Don’t delay your call to 9-1-1 if you’re injured or are experiencing a medical emergency or have medical concerns associated with the Coronavirus. Rest assured the First Responders and Healthcare professionals are taking all the necessary precautions to protect patients, as well as themselves, from contracting the virus. Timely access to emergency care is your best defense against having a negative outcome from your injury or illness. Recognize dangerous signs and symptoms early and take action by calling 9-1-1.

Common warning signs for Heart Attack and Stroke include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest

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Public Notice - Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority Operations Committee Meeting

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority will be holding its first Operations Committee Meeting this Thursday (April 30, 2020, at 3:00 PM.  Per Executive Order N-29-20 issued by Governor Newsom, this meeting will be a virtual meeting.  The agenda is available via the link below, and incldues details for either calling in by phone, our by videoconferencing.

Ops Meeting Agenda April 30th.FINAL-signed.pdf

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PG&E to fly helicopter over Marin County

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PG&E has notified the Southern Marin Fire Protection District that they will be conducting helicopter patrols of gas pipelines in the county starting Mon April 27 through April 30 over parts of Wolfback Ridge & San Rafael.  These flights will be coming & going from airports in Hayward, Napa, and Sonoma.  

PG&E issued a press release today in an effort to make the public aware of the flights: https://www.pgecurrents.com/2020/04/24/marin-county-pge-to-conduct-helicopter-patrols-to-ensure-gas-system-safety-safe-digging/

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Upcoming Controlled Burn

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Southern Marin Fire Protection District in partnership with Marin County Fire, Marinview, and Tamalpais Community Service District is preparing to burn 60 debris piles around Marinview. The projected start date is scheduled for April 27th and the work will continue until April 29th. For more information please see the attached document titled Controlled Burn SMFD 2020.

CONTROLLED BURN SMFD 2020.pdf

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Now Is The Time to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season

Vegetation management work, like clearing brush and trimming up trees around you home, is considered essential work and is allowed under the Public Health Order.

You may do this work yourself, or you may hire contractors such as gardeners to conduct this critical fire safety work. All individuals conducting vegetation maintenance work should follow CDC guidelines for sanitation and social distancing.

The Marin County Public Health Order states:

"For the purposes of this Order, 'Essential Businesses' are: Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals, but only to the limited extent necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, operation of businesses or residences, or the safety of residents, employees, or the public (such as fire safety or tree trimming to prevent a dangerous condition), and not for cosmetic or other purposes (such as upkeep)" 

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Southern Marin Fire Announces List of Accomplishments from Community Wildfire Protection Plan


   

This Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) provides a scientifically based assessment of wildfire threat in the wildland urban interface (WUI) of Marin County, California. This CWPP was developed through a collaborative process involving Marin County fire agencies, county officials, county, state,

and federal land management agencies, and community members.  It was orignally adopted in 2016 and each year goals and objectives are update.

The Southern Marin Fire District's 2019 accomplishments for the five goals listed in the adotped CWPP are as follows:

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PG&E Power Shutoff Update

PG&E has announced a Public Safety Power Shutoff in the Bay Area beginning tomorrow.  As of 1:30 PM today, Marin County is not scheduled to be affected by a power shutoff at this time.  To find if a specific address that may be impacted go to:

https://pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page

The Power Shutoff is projected to start Wednesday November 20th at 5pm.  PG&E expects to receive the all clear and start line inspections on Thursday November 21st at 0800AM. It could take 24 – 48 hours from the start of inspections for everyone to have power restored. 

Please sign up for PG&E alerts at pge.com/pspszipcodealerts to receive notification when a PSPS has been confirmed for your area.  Make sure to sign up for local alerts at AlertMarin.org.

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Red Flag Warning in Effect for Marin County

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Red Flag Warning

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2019

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Marin County     

Warning to remain in place until Thursday evening.

Marin County, CA -- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains, interior valleys and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 12 PM Wednesday to 4 PM Thursday. 

At this time, there are no planned PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS) anticipated in Marin County. 

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Vial of Life Kits

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Vial of life kits available at southern marin fire stations

All three SMFD fire stations are now stocked with Vial of Life decals and forms (it is no longer recommended to use a pill bottle but to use a plastic baggie for the completed form).  These kits are simple to use and free to our community members.  The first thing first responders want to know is your list of medications.  The difference between life and death when you've had a heart attack could be a copy of your previous EKG.  When you can't speak for yourself, when you are confused, in pain or scared, the Vial of Life can speak for you.  Please go to:  www.vialoflife.com to learn more or stop by one of our fire stations to pick up your free decal and form!

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Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

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Mill Valley, June 28, 2019— Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System (SMEMPS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.                                                                                                 

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.  

      “Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic Systemis dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Fire Chief Chris Tubbs. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.” 

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Pacific Gas and Electric to Begin Transmission Tower Repairs in the Marin Headlands

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San Francisco, CA - On June 7, 2019, in collaboration with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) will close a series of trails and fire roads in and around Oakwood Valley Trail, Alta Fire Road, Rodeo Valley Fire Road, and Bobcat Trail. These areas, within the Marin Headlands unit, will be closed to all visitor access for the next 30-45 days. This will ensure visitor safety during the replacement of power lines which provide power to the City of Sausalito and all park lands in the Marin Headlands.

This project is part of PG&E’s high-priority transmission line replacement project for 10 towers within the GGNRA in Marin County. One additional tower requires lower-priority repair work. As part of PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Inspection Program (WSIP), it was determined that corrective repairs were necessary for the towers on the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito 60kv transmission line.

Trail closures in and around Oakwood Valley trail, Alta Fire Road, Rodeo Valley Fire Road, and Bobcat Trail in the Marin Headlands. PG&E map

PG&E will install a temporary replacement line while permanent towers are installed along the Alta Fire Road. The temporary line is expected to be in place for 12 months while the permanent replacement is implemented.

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Red Flag Warning In Effect for Marin County Warning to remain in place until Sunday Evening.

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2019

Marin County, CA -- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area above 1000 feet, which is in effect from 9 PM this evening (Friday) to 5 PM Sunday. 

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong off shore winds with gusts to 40-50 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 12-22% percent.

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SMFD Hosts PG&E Power Shut-Off Workshop for Business Community

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On June 10, 2019, the Southern Marin Fire District and City of Sausalito will be hosting a presentation / workshop for Sausalito businesses, at City Hall.  The presentation / workshop will begin at 10:00 am and end at noon.                                                                                                                                                  

The intent of the presentation / workshop is to provide businesses with an understanding of the PG&E plan, which will be implemented this year at the beginning of the fire season. The workshop will also provide attendees with an assessment of potential impacts to their business.  The presentation / workshop will conclude with information on how to develop a plan to minimize the impacts of any potential PG&E power shut off activation.

The fires of 2017 and 2018 are the primary drivers of the PG&E state-wide plan that are designed to reduce the possibility of PG&E equipment starting fires.  The plan involves shutting off power to selected neighborhoods and areas. 

This presentation / workshop will also be hosted at the Mill Valley Community Center on June 17, and at Del Mar School on June 24.  Both events begin at 10:00 am and run until noon.

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Living With Fire: Tam Valley MONDAY April 15

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Join us for a FREE 2-hour seminar on wildfire preparedness for Tam Valley residents.

As Marin residents, we all share responsibility to be prepared for wildfires.  Wildfires are a natural part of our environment, and it’s imperative that we build our homes, maintain our landscapes, and prepare our families for the next major fire. 

Learn about Tam Valley’s hazard and risk, and what you can do about it from the wildfire experts at Southern Marin Fire District and FIRESafe MARIN.

  • Are you and your family prepared to safely evacuate when a wildfire strikes?
  • Is your home vulnerable to igniting from wildfire embers?
  • Does your home have adequate Defensible Space?
  • Are you interested in working with neighbors and land managers to reduce fire risk in your community?
  • Updates on Southern Marin Fire District's WUI ordinances.
  • Local evacuation specifics.
  • Introduction to planning and hazard assessment which is underway, and opportunity for public input. 

This workshop is intended primarily for residents, homeowners, and regular visitors to Tam Valley, CA.  Registration online at www.firesafemarin.org/events is encouraged, but not required.  

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Southern Marin Fire launches Smartphone Application

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The Southern Marin Fire District has developed a smartphone application and submitted it to the iTunes, Windows and Google Play stores and is now available for download. In the Apple store the application is listed as SMFD and in the Android and Windows stores as Southern Marin Fire District.

Developed internally by Chief Tubbs, the application is designed to address the increasing technology drive to move information and services to mobile devices. The first version of the District’s application provides users with information such as District meetings, station locations, fire prevention and medical information, as well as posting from the District’s social media platforms. The District anticipates adding more features in the future such as multi-language, adding the Districts financial portal (Opengov) and the ability to pay for plan reviews and fire permits directly from your smart phone. 

      

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OPEN BURNING ON HOLD IN MARIN

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Mastering Fireground Command 2-Day Simulator & Hands-On Workshop

The Marin County Training Officers Present Calm the Chaos! Mastering Fireground Command 2-Day Simulator & Hands-On Workshop

Today’s fireground should be a calm and orchestrated event, but often it is not! The NIOSH top 5 line of duty death operational causes on the fireground surround size up, command, communications, accountability and SOP's.

Participate in simulations and hands-on drills for house fires, garden/center hall apartments, commercial fire incidents and review actual inside-the-command-post incident video and audio to get answers to the following questions...

  • How do I set clear tactical objectives, have clear communications and establish command presence on my fires?
  • How do I create a personal system that blends all of my classes, certifications, SOP’s, ICS, and tactical fundamentals into a simple, street-smart and effective way?
  • What’s the difference between size ups and arrival reports and how do I become better at both?
  • What are the trigger points and safety issues of Offensive, Defensive and Combination strategies?
  • What are the key points to Rescue, Exposures, Confinement, Extinguishment, Overhaul, Ventilation and Salvage?
  • What is the real difference between RECEO-VS and SLICE-RS?
  • How do I really use ICS day-to-day and get beyond "checking the boxes"?
  • How do we get SOP’s/SOG’s working in my department?
  • When do we call an audible on the SOP’s? 
  • What could hurt me or my crew tonight?
  • What do changes in construction and fire behavior mean to modern-day tactics and command?
  • What are the implications of the latest NIST and UL studies regarding flow path?

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GET READY CLASS Saturday March 31, 2018 10am-12pm

GET READY CLASS

Saturday, March 31, 2018 10 a.m. – Noon

In preparation for the Marin Drive Structure Protection Group’s

Evacuation Drill a free GET READY class will be given at the

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BHO and Indoor Grows Class January 24, 2017


Join instructor Chris Jelinek of Humboldt Bay FD January 24, 2017 to review Indoor Grow House and Butane Hash Hazards, and Response Considerations.

To register:

Email:
landre@smfd.org

$25 Checks Payable to:

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Fully Involved Leadership Class: January 12, 2017


Southern Marin Fire District is honored to have Captain Mark VonAppen to present His Fully Involved Leadership Class on January 12, 2017. If you would like to attend, sign up today as space is limited.

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Marin Headland's Tunnel Closure Scheduled

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PRESS RELEASE - MARIN HEADLANDS TUNNEL CLOSURE

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Seminary Interchange Information from Supervisor Kate Sears

Seminary Interchange Information from Supervisor Kate Sears

UPDATE FROM KATE: Seminary Interchange Improvements Soon To Be Constructed

What’s Happening at the Seminary Drive Interchange?

Last winter, I let you know about planned improvements coming to the Seminary Drive interchange. Here’s a recap of these improvements and a word about the construction soon to be underway.

The Seminary interchange project includes the intersection for the northbound (Seminary Drive) off ramp to Redwood Highway Frontage Road and the northbound on ramp to Highway 101.  Accident history at this location necessitated these improvements to give drivers better direction about how to proceed through the intersection safely.

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Southern Marin Firefighters Request Assitance for Victims of Valley Fire

Southern Marin Firefighters Request Assitance for Victims of Valley Fire

Valley Fire Fundraiser

Like many in our community we have been moved by what we are seeing happen to our fellow Californians in the Valley Fire. Though we are out on the front lines battling these fires we return home feeling there is so much more that needs to be done and we believe we can collectively help.

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is teaming up with our community to provide aid to the families in need in the area of the Valley Fire. Several agencies and private citizens have lent their support to people who have suffered losses due to the devastating fire. An area of tremendous need is with regards to pets and pet owners.

            The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is accepting donations of ALL PET RELATED ITEMS. Food/bowls, litter/litter boxes, kennels, beds, leashes, collars, over the counter flea and tick medications and anything else you can think of that will be helpful to a pet/pet owner. There has been a massive outpouring of donations to people in the affected area. We want to make sure that the pets are taken care of too.

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Response to Grand Jury Report – The Need for Labor Negotiation Transparency - Part II

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District recently responded to the Grand Jury Report - The Need for Labor Negotiation Transparency - Part II. Please click on the links below to access the Districts's official response.

Letter to Judge D'Opal

SMFD Grand Jury Response

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Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring National Preparedness Month

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September 2015 as “National Preparedness Month” in the State of California.

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Southern Marin Firefighters Deploy to MAD River Complex Fire

Southern Marin Firefighters Deploy to MAD River Complex Fire

A third group of Southern Marin Firefighters have been deployed to battle wildland fires in California.  Deploying with a Strike Team of other agencies from Southern Marin, the group will likley be deployed for two weeks while fighting fires in the MAD River complex Fire.

The previous two deployed crews have returned and are back serving the Southern Marin Community. 

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The Southern Marin Fire District Engages in ISO Re-Rate.

The Southern Marin Fire District Engages in ISO Re-Rate.

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is the organization that evaluates fire protection in communities throughout the United States, providing a Fire Protection Class Rating (PPC) for each community in which building and property insurance premiums are based upon.

Southern Marin Fire District was last rated in 2000 and received a PPC rating of 3.  The City of Sausalito was a PPC 5 at their last re-rate in 2003.  The high...est PPC rating is Class 1, and the worst is Class 10.  Since these previous re-rates the City of Sausalito annexed into the District and the subsequent ratings will be combined into a single agency report.

The current review process will take several months and we will post our results once they have been published and adopted.

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Doyle Drive Closure May 28 – June 1

Doyle Drive Closure May 28 – June 1

Beginning at 10p.m. on May 28th until 5 a.m. on June 1, Doyle Drive will be completely shut down for construction. The closure is expected to have significant impacts on traffic and experts are encouraging drivers to find alternative routes or avoid driving in the area all together.

The four day closure will shut down traffic from Doyle Drive at the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge. The closure is needed for construction crews to complete the connections and transfer traffic to the new permanent roadway, which includes the new Main Post Tunnels, northbound Battery Tunnel, northbound high viaduct and restored connections to Highway 1 / Park Presidio.

For more information:

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150512/doyle-drive-closure-to-wreak-havoc-on-marin-commute

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The Marin County Regional Firefighter Academy Recruits are exposed to water rescue training.

The Marin County Regional Firefighter Academy Recruits are exposed to water rescue training.

The Marin County area is surrounded by water and both the Marin County Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire District are responsible for and respond to a variety of water based incidents each year.  Ensuring that our firefighters are well trained and highly comfortable in water environments is critical to our operations.

 

 

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Regional Recruit Academy Begins

Regional Recruit Academy Begins

Today the Southern Marin Fire District and Marin County Fire Department began their first week of a regional firefighter recruit academy. The Recruit Academy is ten weeks in duration and provides a basic foundation for new firefighters. Regional Fire Academies provide an economical method to train firefighters from many agencies, at one time, thereby eliminating duplication as well as ensuring that they are all taught the same processes and procedures. The Academy is a carefully orchestrated process that prescribes every moment of activity while the student is learning.

This photo shows the students first class picture with their Instructors.

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NATIONAL WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY 2015

NATIONAL WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY 2015

Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day and join others throughout the nation making communities a safer place to live on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Challenge friends, family members, a faith-based groups or youth organization to create a project and accomplish something great together!  

Efforts will raise wildfire awareness and help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities, while increasing safety for wildland firefighters during future wildfires; or your project could lessen current post-fire impacts.

NFPA is pleased to announceState Farm®, the largest home insurer in the United States, has provided funding forsixty-five $500 project funding awardsto implement projects on May 2. State Farm has a long history of proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions and NFPA is proud to partner with State Farm on this national wildfire safety campaign.

Applying for a project funding award is easy and takes only a few minutes:

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Skill Maintenance critical for Firefighters

Skill Maintenance critical for Firefighters

Firefighters can often be seen conducting training exercises that mimic events that they must often respond to. These exercises provide firefighters with the opportunity to practice and perfect their skills, and to do it in a controlled environment. In this photo Southern Marin firefighters at Fire Station 9 practice vehicle stabilization techniques using a variety of tools, including struts. Stabilizing overturned or unstable vehicles is a critical first step in providing aid to medical patients.

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Weather Update - Incoming Storm

Weather Update - Incoming Storm

Southern Marin residents and friends of Southern Marin Fire we wanted to give you an update on the predicted storm which was shared to us by the California Office of Emergency Services.

The incoming storm has been predicted to deliver rain totals as high as 10” in the higher elevations by the end of the events sometime Monday. The storm is anticipated to come in two waves with the first wave arriving Thursday and lasting through Friday, and into Saturday with the heaviest rain on Friday (6-8” totals in higher elevations). They are predicting a slight break on Saturday and then the arrival of a second smaller event on Sunday (1-3” totals in higher elevations). The storm total prediction for most urban areas is 1.5 to 3”. The only change in the forecast is the rain will spread father down the coast south and the wind speeds have increased a bit so there may be some trees down and power outages with the potential for down power line. Residents are advised to never approach a down power line and always assume they are energized. In addition, some localized flooding may occur in the lower areas prone to flooding. As of today the NWS hydrologists are not predicting critical levels in the Marin creeks, but please remember that these areas are very dangerous due to the moving water and should be avoided by all ages. Fire District personnel will be keeping an eye on creek gauges throughout the storms in an effort to forecast any potential issues. The following advisories and watches are in effect:

Flash Flood Watch in effect from February 5, 10:00 PM PST until February 7, 06:00 AM PST

Wind Advisory in effect from February 6, 04:00 AM PST until February 7, 04:00 AM PST

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Strokes - do you know the signs?

Strokes - do you know the signs?

Do you that every year 795,000 people suffer a stroke in our country and that it is the leading cause of long term disability?

Do you know the signs of a someone having a stroke? If a person gets to a hospital quick enough much of the damage can often be reversed.

Look at this graphic and remember F.A.S.T. Call 911 if you see someone showing signs of having a stroke. You can save a life.

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Super Gas Sensor to visit Southern Marin

Super Gas Sensor to visit Southern Marin

Beginning the week of February 2, 2015, and for a two week period, PG&E will be driving through the communities and neighborhoods of Southern Marin with a highly sensitive gas monitoring vehicle.  The monitor is a highly sensitive detector mounted to a vehicle, which is one thousand times more sensitive then PG&E's normal gas detection meters.  There are a total of eight of these vehicles in PG&E's fleet for California.

PG&E uses this new technology to detect gas leaks long before they become a major problem.  The sensors are mounted on top of a PG&E vehicle and the vehicle drives through the neighborhood at about 15 mile per hour.  The PG&E vehicle is a Ford Escape, hybrid.  This vehicle is supported by other PG&E staff who can follow up on detections of possible leaks. 

PG&E works very closely with Fire Service Agencies.  On January 25, 2015, PG&E and multiple public safety agencies, including Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire, met with PG&E staff to review the program and vehicle, and discussed how this vehicle and service would integrate into emergency operations.

 

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Swearing In Ceremony

Swearing In Ceremony

At the January 28, 2015 Board Meeting, Interim Fire Chief Tubbs, administered the Oath of Office to Fire Inspector Ryan Boykin.  Ryan works in the Fire Prevention Bureau under the direction of the Deputy Fire Marshal, Fred Hilliard.  

Inspector Boykin comes from a Fire Service family; his father is the former Fire Chief for Hayward, CA Fire Department and his mother is the founder of Boykin Consulting Services, a company who provides inspection services associated with hazardous materials and fire prevention.  Ryan brings a passion for Fire Prevention to the District and plans to make Fire Prevention and Fire Investigation a career.  

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Early Morning Vehicle Accident

Early Morning Vehicle Accident
Southern Marin Fire units extricate 27 y/o female from overturned vehicle involved in three car motor vehicle accident on Highway 101.

At 0752 hours Monday January 12, 2015, fire units responded for a 3-4 vehicle accident on Highway 101, n...orth of Tiburon Blvd.  Upon arrival of Southern Marin Battalion 2, three vehicles determined to be involved in the accident blocking the number one and two lanes with one women trapped in an overturned vehicle.  Crews from the Southern Marin Fire District, Marin County Fire Department, and Tiburon Fire Protection District worked to extricate the trapped women by cutting the pillars that support the roof and extricating the 27 y/o female from San Francisco and transporting her via ambulance to Marin General Hospital.  Additionally, a 14 y/o female passenger in another vehicle was also transported via ambulance to Marin General Hospital See More
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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE & HIGHWAY 101 CLOSURE IN JANUARY 2015

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE & HIGHWAY 101 CLOSURE IN JANUARY 2015

For the first time in its 77-year history, the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed for construction.

The Bridge will be closed for 52 hours over the second weekend of January 2015. The Bridge will close at 12:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10th, 2015.  It will reopen at 4:00 a.m. Monday, January 12th, 2015.

During this weekend, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will install a Moveable Median Barrier on the Bridge and its approaches.  The Barrier is expected to provide a safer system of separating opposing lanes of traffic, which will virtually eliminate the possibility of head-on collisions.

The Bridge District urges the public to stay away from the Bridge area during this weekend.  If travel between San Francisco and the North Bay Area is necessary, here are some options to get to your destination:

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Southern Marin Fire District firefighters raise funds to purchase bikes for North Bay Children’s Center

Southern Marin Fire District firefighters raise funds to purchase bikes for North Bay Children’s Center

Firefighters Travis Fox and Mike Coleman spearheaded an effort to raise funds from the Southern Marin Firefighters Association and individual members of the Fire District, for the purchase of ten bicycles that could be donated to the North Bay Children’s Center. Motivated by their desire to give a helping hand to those less fortunate, District personnel were clearly successful in making a difference in the lives of ten young children who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the experiences associated with learning to ride and be with their friends.

The attached photo shows Captain Sullivan and his crew, FF/Eng. Vollmer, Coleman and Boaz, and FF/PM Golden with several of the kids who received their new bikes.

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Fire Marshal's Office Closed for Holidays

Fire Marshal's Office Closed for Holidays

The Fire Marshal's Office, located at Fire Station 1 in Sausalito, will be closed during the Christmas and New Years holidays.  The Office will be closed beginning December 25th, 2015 through January 5th, 2015.  If you need to make contact with the Fire Marsha's Officel, messages can be left on the Fire Marshal's Voice Mail (415) 289-4163 and they will be returned after January 5th..  In the event of an emergency please dial 911.

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Early Morning Fire at Burger King

Early Morning Fire at Burger King

At 07:07 hours this morning, firefighters from Southern Marin Fire, Mill Valley Fire and Marin County Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Burger King Restaurant in Marin City. First arriving units noted smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters quickly discovered a small fire behind the parapet wall due to a possible electrical malfunction. The fire was quickly extinguished and the electric circuit de-energized. Damaged was contained to the parapet wall near the malfunctioned electric outlet.

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Winter Storm Advisory

Winter Storm Advisory

NEW ADVISORY: Forecasters are predicting heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds developing late Wednesday and continuing through Friday. North Bay rainfall could exceed 5 inches on the windward side of the coast range. 3-5 inches of rain is possible locally. Heavy rain should be expected Thursday night as well. Possible impacts include trees uprooted, power lines down, flooding, mudslides, and traffic impacts.

The Southern Marin Fire District strongly encourages businesses and residents to prepare for the upcoming storm. The following lists potential issues and resources available to help you prepare for the many issues this storm may present. Flooding – If your home or business is in a low-lying area with a history of flooding, please take the time now to prepare for the possibility of flooding: 

  • Learn more about sandbags, flood maps, and other preparations here and here
  • If a blocked catch basin or storm drain is causing flooding, for Mill Valley contact the Department of Public Works at 415-384-4800 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours 415-446-4526. Sausalito residents should contact the Department of Public Works at 415-289-4113 during normal working hours and 415-289-4170 after hours. For Marin County residents contact (415) 472-0911. If the blocked storm drain is causing an immediate danger, call 911 from any land or mobile phone.
  • Please do not leave piles of leaves in the roadway. Please rake them up and place them in your green bin for disposal. Leaves left in the street will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.
  • More information on high tides and flooding information can be found here.


Power Outages

  • Have flashlights and battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages. Tune in to KQED 88.5 FM, KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM.
  • Fire Officials recommend that residents do not use candles because of the risk of fire. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Click here for more useful tips.
  • Anticipate power outages and bookmark PG&E’s power outage page.


Downed Trees and Limbs:

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Area Firefighters Respond to Weather Related Incidents

Area Firefighters Respond to Weather Related Incidents

This morning at approximately 0300 hours, the Southern Marin area was hit with major rainfall that resulted in significant flooding issues. Firefighters from Mill Valley, Southern Marin, Tiburon and Marin County responded to several events in the region. Local weather stations reported rainfall of 1.6 inches over a three hour period.

Firefighters responded to both businesses and homes that were impacted by flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall. One area that sustained significant flooding included the Cove Shopping Center that reportedly had over three inches of standing water in the parking lot. A number of homes were also impacted, and damage varied depending on location.

Firefighters continue to work with businesses and residents in assisting mitigation efforts and will likely be responding to additional impacts from the weather today.

NOAA predicts that weather for the remainder of the day include a high tide at approximately 0900 this morning, as well as ongoing rainfall for the remainder of the day. Regular weather updates can be found at NOAA's website: www.noaa.gov/wx.html.

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SMFD Firefighters respond to Car Accident on Golden Gate Bridge

SMFD Firefighters respond to Car Accident on Golden Gate Bridge

Southern Marin Fire District firefighters responded to a reported motor vehicle accident (MVA) this morning (12-2-2014) at 05:30am on the Golden Gate Bridge heading southbound.  The accident involved a single vehicle that crashed through co...ncrete and steel barriers separating the pedestrian walkway and bike path from the traffic lanes. The car traveled 400 yards onto the walkway before becoming wedged between the barriers.

The accident resulted in only the driver sustaining minor injuries – there were no pedestrians in the walkway. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving.

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Storm Systems Bring Potential Flooding Concerns to the North Bay Area

Storm Systems Bring Potential Flooding Concerns to the North Bay Area

According to NOAA, A series of storm systems will impact the Bay Area starting this Friday and continuing through early next week. The weaker of the two storms will bring rain initially to the Bay Area Friday afternoon and then spreading southward through Saturday evening. The second stronger storm will impact the Bay Area Sunday through early Tuesday bringing heavier rainfall and possibly gusty winds.

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Southern Marin Firefighters Participate in Toys for Tots Drive

Southern Marin Firefighters Participate in Toys for Tots Drive

On Friday, November 17, 2014, Southern Marin FD Firefighters from Fire Station 4 again partnered with the United States Marine Corps, and Radio Station ALICE, for the annual Toys for Tots drive.  District Firefighters participated in this worthy cause last year and as the photos show, it was a huge success.

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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire

Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire

Firefighters from Mill Valley, Marin County and Southern Marin Fire District responded to a reported structure fire in Mill Valley.  Upon arrival firefighters were able to quickly determine that all occupants were out of the house, and were then able to contain and extinguish the fire in the room of origin - a small office/den area.  Damage was moderate and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Chief Jim Irving Acknowledged for 37 years of Selfless Public Service

Chief Jim Irving Acknowledged for 37 years of Selfless Public Service

After thirty-seven years of selfless public service, Chief Jim Irving was recongnized today by Southern Marin Fire District personnel, friends, and other regional fire service partners as he completes his last active duty shift with the District.  On duty staff lowered the colors at Station 9 and presented them to Chief Irving in recognition of his service and final duty shift to the District.  The days events were at times festive and celebratory, and at times emotionally charged as the significance of this occasion was felt by all.  The District, and Marin County Fire Service Community is exceedingly grateful to Chief Irving and his wife Trudy, for their dedication and love of this organization, the Marin County region and the fire service community.  Best wishes to Chief Irving and Trudy as they embark on a new adventure. 

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Swearing-In Ceremony

Swearing-In Ceremony

At the November 19, 2014 Board Meeting, Chief Irving, in his final promotional ceremony as the District's Fire Chief, administers the Oath of Office to (L-R) Deputy Chief Chris Tubbs, Battalion Chief Kai Pasquale, and Captain Doug Paterson.  The three were recently appointed to their new positions for the Southern Marin Fire District.

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SMFD Firefighters participate in joint training

SMFD Firefighters participate in joint training

Southern Marin Firefighters participate in a training exercise with other members (Marin County Fire, Southern Marin Fire, Kentfield Fire and NPS), of the Marin County Water Rescue Team at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate.

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Emergency Notification

 

What is Marin County’s Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) used for?

  • The emergency notification system’s primary purpose is to advise you of any situation occurring or about to occur that threatens harm to life and/or property or is deemed dangerous by officials. This may include, but is certainly not limited to, extreme weather, natural or man-made disasters, crime, pandemics, hazardous materials incidents, and missing persons.

What, if any, of my contact information do you already have in the current telephone emergency notification system for me?

  • The Marin County’s Telephone Emergency Notification System uses listed and unlisted/blocked landline numbers provided by AT&T and Verizon.

Why am I being asked to use the Self Registration Portal?

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Red Flag Fire Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for 6 PM TUESDAY THROUGH 6 PM WEDNESDAY FOR THE  NORTH AND EAST BAY HILLS ABOVE 1000 FEET. Although the warning is officially for altitudes above 1000 feet, all areas will have a higher fire danger.

For more information: 

National Weather Service

 

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Marin Emergency Alert System

Get Emergency Alerts! - Register your Cell Phone or VoIP Number
On January 26, the Southern Marin Fire District will be partnering with the Marin County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services to launch the new Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS).

What is TENS: TENS is a high-speed communications system that can quickly notify members of the public by phone of critical emergency information in situations where property or human life is in danger. These notifications are made to specific geographically affected areas. TENS makes emergency calls to landlines and to registered cell phones.

In the event of an emergency, wherever you are, don't miss the critical call with information or instructions from the Marin County Office of Emergency Services. If you live, work or go to school in Marin County, and if you are 18 and over, you can receive these emergency alerts on your CELL PHONE by text, email and voice, and by your VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone. To receive alerts, you must register on the secure website portal: http://www.alertmarin.org/. Cell phone numbers are NOT in the system UNTIL you register them. Need a computer to sign up? Go to any Public Library for free computer use.

So where will you be when an emergency strikes? Will you be near your landline phone to receive the call with critical information or directions? While many of us have landlines, nearly all of us have cell phones. And there is a growing number of us who have cell phones but no landline phones! Please take the time to register!
Marin Alert Emergency Notification System
www.alertmarin.org
If you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are 18 and over, you may now register your cell phone or VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone to receive emergency alerts sent by call, text, or email from the
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SRA (State Responsibility Area) Fire Prevention Fee

Many residents in our unincorporated area began receiving a Fire Prevention Fee tax bill per Assembly Bill X 129. This fee, $150 or $115, is charged to all property owners that are in what is known as SRA (State Responsibility Area). THe SRA includes most of the unicorporated area in the district. This does not apply to residents of the City of Sausalito or within the Town of Tiburon.

This tax is not a Southern Marin Fire District tax. The District does not receive benefit from this bill. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors has officially opposed this bill and this fee.

Citizens are encouraged to pay the fee before the 30 day late fee is applied.

You can protest by contacting your state elected officials and can petition for redemption at www.firepreventionfee.org.

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Great Article Regarding the Pacific Rim of Fire & Damage that will Occur Along California Coast

Please take a moment and read the link below. This is a really good article regarding the potential damage that will occur along the California coast, particularly in the north, after we suffer a Mega Quake. These devastating quakes are happening more frequently around the world. The results are as we all know. Events such as the Indian Ocean in 2008, and more recently Haiti and Japan, should be a serious eye openers for us all. Please take a moment to read this article.

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Totally-Psyched-for-the-Full-Rip-Nine.html?page=all

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SMFD Adds all SM CERT Responders into MEANS

SMFD has added all SM CERT responders into the MEANS notification system.

There are currently approx. 280 certified CERT responders living within the District. MEANS (Marin Emergency Activation and Notification System) had been used to notifiy SM CERT division supervisors only. It was their responsibility to notify their division CERT's. This has now expanded the system to notify all SM CERT's when the teams are needed for activation. CERT's will be notified by the software program calling your home, and or cell number, to notify the CERT's that an activation is taking place. As in the past, the response plan will not change. All SM CERT's are requested to activate automatically in a large scale disaster. However, wait until activated in smaller isolated events such as localized flooding, wildfire, or winter storms.

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Third and Final CERT Disaster Response Trailer Completed

The third SM CERT disaster response trailer is now completed. The trailer is located at the fire station in Sausalito. All SM CERT members are encouraged to stop by station 1 and familiarize yourselves with the equipment, and their locations in the trailer. Sausalito Division Supervisors need to download the equipment check out schedule located in the right hand column on this webpage. Checks need to be completed once a month. Assistance will be provided by the on duty crew if needed. Sausalito division supervisors, feel free to trade your month with another member. However, the checks need to be completed monthly. This bring's the total number of SM disaster trailers to three. One each in Strawberry, Tam Valley, and Sausalito. Questions or concerns to Larry.

 

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CERT Now on Facebook and Twitter

SMFD now has both Facebook and Twitter accounts for our community. These social media sites are a great way for the District to communicate with our citizens about what is happening within the District. Information will include emergency responses by the District, information on special events, disaster preparedness information, photo gallery, and news and instructions in the event of a large emergency or disaster. This will be another method of communication to our community in the event of a disaster.

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Marin County CERT Website Up and Running

The new Marin County CERT website is up and running. The new countywide CERT program will hold it's first of ten classes for 2011 in January. The course will be conducted in Nicasio. Interested students may registar for classes by going to the website a twww.marincountycert.org then click the Training link at the top of the page. This will take you to a drop down menu for registration. Students now have two ways to register. The regisatration form may be filled out and mailed in with your payment, or the 'paypal'  link for online registration may be used.

The website includes various articles, photo galleries, CERT news from around Marin, an events calendar, and Marin County CERT contact information.

The five Marin CERT training zones have been working since earlier this year to standardize CERT trainings throughout the County.

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Marin County Basic CERT Course Schedule for 2012 Released

The 2012 schedule for the Marin County CERT Basic courses has been released. The first class for 2012 in Nicasio is already sold out. The February class is scheduled for Thurs. February 9th and Fri. February 10th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Novato. Please go towww.marincountycert.org to register for any of the 2012 courses. Courses in the Southern Marin area are scheduled for June and October 2012.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the new Southern Marin Fire Protection District website!

Our new website was launched late summer 2012 to provide easier access to the services of Southern Marin Fire Protection.  Our goal is to quickly answer any questions or concerns raised by residents and visitors to our district, with accesible and organized web based information technology.

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Community Dinner hosted by Southern Marin Fire

Everyone is cordially invited to a Thank You Sausalito and Meet Southern Marin Fire Event on Saturday, August 25th at Fire Station 1, 333 Johnson Street, from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Please be our guest and celebrate the joining of Sausalito Fire and Southern Marin Fire. Family, friends & supporters are invited to tour Fire Station 1, meet the firefighters, SMFD Board & staff and have a snack at the fire station. RSVP by August 20th by calling 388-8182. Sponsored by the SMFD Public Outreach Committee
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District Appoints New Board Members

At its June 28th Board Meeting, the Southern Marin Fire District interviewed four candidates after which the Board appointed two Sausalito representatives; one to an open full-voting position (due to Board member Doug Wriston's resignation in May), and one non-voting Ad Hoc seat the District Board offered to the residents of Sausalito if the annexation was approved by the voters. The Board appointed Peter Van Meter (a former City Council Member) to fill the full voting vacancy, and former Sausalito Police Chief, Stephen Willis (who also served temporarily as Fire Chief), to the Ad Hoc position. Both new members were sworn in June 28, 2012. The Board bumped its normal fourth Wednesday meeting to Thursday to provide time for the election results to be certified by the Registrar of Voters and by the Local Agency Commission, without which the appointments could not have been made. Just under the wire, the Registrar's office gave the District its certification on June 24th, followed by LAFCO's certification on June 26th. The campaign over the annexation, also known as "Measure D," resulted in approval by an almost two-thirds majority of Sausalito citizens. The Board and the Fire Chief are reaching out to the residents of Sausalito now that we are One. These new appointments will give Sausalito immediate representation prior to the next election on the Southern Marin Fire Board. The new Board Members will need to run for office at the November of 2013 election. Those who would like more information may use the following contact numbers: Chief Jim Irving 415-388-8182 Clerk of the Board, Susan Kim 415-388-8182

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Voters Approve Annexation of Sausalito

Sausalito voters approved Measure D, a vote to transfer the city of Sausalito's fire services to the Southern Marin Fire Protection District in Tuesday's primary election. District Fire Chief Jim Irving said Wednesday that the annexation of Sausalito fire services should be implemented by July 1. The district has managed the city's fire services since 2004, but 15 firefighters had remained Sausalito city employees. Those firefighters will become district employees, bumping its payroll to 52 employees, Irving said. Sixty-three percent of Sausalito voters approved Measure D, which annexes the city's fire services to the fire district, which serves parts of unincorporated Mill Valley, as well as Strawberry and a small portion of Tiburon. Irving said that while the annexation won’t have any day-to-day impact on fire service for residents of unincorporated Mill Valley and Strawberry, they will see some benefits to the change. “It allows us to have a better grasp on what our future is so we can do more long-range planning,” he said. “It also gives a lot of staff time back in terms of managing two separate budgets and payrolls and that sort of thing.” That savings in staff time will allow the district to do more community outreach on issues like fire prevention and vegetation management, Irving said. “There will definitely be a benefit for our residents,” he said.
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SMFD enters Joint Powers Agreement with the Town of Corte Madera

Southern Marin Fire Protection District has entered a new joint powers agreement with the Town of Corte Madera. Under the agreement, the two agencies will share personnel. Initially the two agencies will share a battalion chief position. The arrangement would save Corte Madera about $135,000 a year and Southern Marin approximately $60,000. The two agencies expect that as more chief officers retire, more positions will be shared.

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Sausalito Annexation to go to the Voters

Sausalito voters will be able to weigh in on whether to merge the Sausalito Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District, but a date has not been set for an election. The Sausalito City Council — which received a briefing at its Tuesday meeting — has called a special meeting for March 9 to consider putting the matter to voters as soon as the June 5 primary election. The item also could also go to a mail-in ballot in late August or be put on the Nov. 6 ballot. The first step will be for the Local Agency Formation Commission to call for an election via a resolution at its March 8 meeting. Sausalito residents signed petitions to call for an election on the fire merger, which had been approved by the council and LAFCO.

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Sausalito Annexation Information

City Gate Associates have actively been working with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District and the City of Sausalito for over two years to help both parties move towards full consolidation.
 
In an effort to provide more information and an increase in public understanding, the company has made available their PowerPoint presentations which will help to educate the taxpayers on the hard numbers surrounding the consolidation effort.  It has always been the goal to provide a higher level of service to more people for less cost by eliminating repetitive overhead costs while increasing the training and effectiveness of the firefighters.
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LAFCO Approves Sausalito Annexation

The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the annexation of the area of the City of Sausalito into the Southern Marin Fire Protection District. The annexation is not yet complete and must still go through a Public Protest phase. Registered voters or property owners within the Sausalito City limits may file a protest with LAFCO. If less than 25% of voters or property owner protest, LAFCO will likely certify the annexation in their January meeting and it will become effective soon after that. If more than 25%, but less than 50% file protests, the annexation question will go the Sausalito voters for approval. If more than 50% file protests, the annexation process is canceled. 

For more information on the annexation effort, you may click below.

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Coordinated Effort Saves 3 Teens Swept Off Tennessee Beach

Yesterday evening, Southern Marin resources were dispatched to a medical aid on Tennessee Valley Beach where quick heroic actions were the difference between life and death. 
 
Units arrived at the beach to find the National Park Service officers being informed from bystanders that as many as five victims had been swept off the beach and into the pounding surf.  Additional resources from the United Stated Coast Guard, Stinson Beach Lifeguards, Mill Valley Fire Department, CalSTAR , and the California Highway Patrol Aviation Unit were requested to assist in the effort.
 
First due paramedics from Southern Marin took calculated risks by timing the waves and running around the rocky cliffs to initiate patient contact with the most critical patient who was in a group of three which included a good samaritan who tried to help but was overcome by the heavy waves.  A fourth victim was dragged out onto the main beach area by bystanders and was immediatley taken by ground transport to Marin General Hospital for treatment for hypothermia and multi-system trauma.
 
The USCG helicopter was able to utilize a long line and basket to extricate the conscious patient to the main beach area for ground transport.  The good samaritan was escorted by NPS surf rescue personnel around the cliffs to a safe area where he declined transport to a medical facility.
 
The critical patient was given Advanced Life Support by the paramedics under arduous conditions a mere 10 feet from the waves in the incoming tide.  The patient was stabilized and extricated by the CHP helicopter H32 which was also used to transport her by air to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
 
Rescue efforts were hampered by strong winds, limited radio reception, and extreme access to the patients.
 
Video footage of the rescue can be seen here.
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Southern Marin Fire is now on Facebook and Twitter

Southern Marin Fire District now has Facebook and Twitter accounts. In an effort to communicate better with our community, the fire district has created these social media options. This will provide citizens with information and news regarding the District's daily operations, information on special events, and specific instructions and news in the event of a local emergency or large scale disaster.  Please come visit out sites by clicking on the links provided.

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Disaster in Japan Should Act as a Serious Wake Up Call for Marin

Small Tidal Surge Hits Marin Region

A small tidal surge hit the Marin Coastal region yesterday morning as a direct result of the 8.9 earthquake in Japan on Friday morning. The surge struck the Southern Marin area about 9:22 am yesterday morning. Video footage is available on the Marin IJ's website from numerous areas acrossed our coastal region, including Richardson Bay. 

www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_17593218?source=most_viewed

Although no damage resulted, it is clearly visible that the water line had receeded during the low tide before the surge came in. 

Disaster in Japan Should be a Serious Wake-up Call for Marin

Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami should serve as a serious eye opener for all of us here in Marin County. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake was thousands of times stronger than Loma Prieta in 1989. It is only a matter of time before Marin and other areas of the west coast suffer the same catastrophic events.

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Friends of Southern Marin CERT Website

The new Friends of Southern Marin CERT website is now completed and available for viewing. Go towww.friendsofsmcert.org to see the site. The website includes information about the organization such as events, photo galleries, calendar, email, and links to other Marin CERT organizations.
 
Donations to the 501 C3 non-profit may be made on-line.
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Vial of Life Program Available to Community

The Vial of Life Program Can Save Lives!
 
The Vial of Life program is available to all citizens in the community. This potentially life saving information provides responding firefighters and paramedics easy access to vital patient information when it is most critical.
 
These vials may be obtained at any of the three Southern Marin Fire Stations. Each Vial of Life includes a sheet of information that is filled out with patient medical information including patient's medical history, medication taken, any allergies the patient may have, and family emergency contact information. It should be posted on your refrigerator for easy access by responders. There is also a sticker included which may be posted on or near the patient's front door.
 
The locations of the Southern Marin fire stations are listed below.
 
Station 1; 333 Johnson St. in Sausalito, 289-4155
Station 4; 309 Poplar Rd. in Tam Valley, 380-1101
Station 9; 308 Reed Blvd. in Strawberry, 388-8182
 
Please consider participating in this valuable life saving program.
 
Vials are available now. Interested persons may stop by any of the fire stations during normal business hours (9 am to 5 pm), or call ahead to schedule a pick up time.
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Tamalpais Valley to get grant money for wildfire risk reduction

The Tamalpais Community Services District will receive $168,294 from the California Fire-Safe Council to fund a fire safety program for the 2010-11 project year.

The 18-month project - which is a continuation of the fire-safe program started in 2005 - begins after Oct. 1 and will allow the district to inventory fire-susceptible lands in Tamalpais Valley, work with homeowners and agencies to do fire risk evaluations with partners at the Southern Marin Fire District, establish area homeowner groups and coordinate efforts with state and county agencies.

Project Manager Jim Kasper will oversee the program and can be reached at 388-6393.

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Marin County Fire Chiefs announce READY, SET, GO wildfire action plan

On June 3rd, 2010, the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association will be launching the READY, SET, GO (RSG) Plan to educate residents on the threats posed by wildfire, and to implement an action plan that gives residents the tools to prepare themselves, their families, and their homes from the devastating effects of wildfire.
 
Ready Set Go FAQ's:
 
What is RSG?
 
-RSG is a program designed to teach personal responsibility to those people who elect to live within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) incorporating them into the wildland fire solution by educating them in wildland fire preparation, prevention, evacuation, and what to do if trapped.
 
Will fire departments be teaching RSG classes?
 
-There will be no classes as all program material will be available for viewing or download via the RSG website.
 
Who is the target audience?
 
-Homeowners and residents in or near the WUI.
 
Is this regulatory?  Are there mandates?
 
-No.  This is a public education campaign only.  It is intended to increase awareness of the threat and to provide materials to assist the public in developing an emergency plan.
 
Is anyone else using or promoting this program?
 
-This program is being adopted by the Marin County Fire Chiefs for all fire agencies in Marin.  It began in southern California in Orange and Ventura Counties.  It has been approved for national rollout through the IAFC.
 
As a citizen, where can I get my information?
 
-You can visit the website at www.readysetgomarin.org.  There you will find pdf documents for download, a 12 minute informational video, and and links to other wildfire preparedness websites.  Every Marin County fire agency will have the information and link available on their website, and some departments may provide additional printed materials at their stations.
 
Who is the contact for RSG?
 
-There is no countywide contact person.  Queries should be directed to the department that serves your area.
 
Does this program support or replace the Get Ready program?
 
-This is a separate program from Get Ready.  Unlike Get Ready, there will be no classes taught or banners posted. Get Ready is a broader program on threat awareness and basic preparation.  Ready Set Go is specific to wildfire. 
 
For more information, please visit the READY, SET, GO website.
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Our Mission

The Mission of the Southern Marin Fire District is to contribute to Greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

We achieve our mission by providing the highest quality local and regional community risk reduction, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, marine response, disaster preparedness and community education services possible within the resources provided to us.

We are professional, proud, compassionate, highly-trained, and committed to utilizing state of the art technology to provide services that meet or exceed the expectations of our community.

Administration

308 Reed Boulevard
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Tel: (415) 388-8182
Fax: (415) 388-8181

Emergencies: DIAL 9-1-1

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