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April is National Safe Digging Month and Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Southern Marin Fire District urges all Californians to help stop dig-ins by making the free call to 811 at least two working days ahead of digging projects big and small.
Dig-ins cause damage to underground gas, electric, telecommunications and other infrastructure, which is one of the most serious threats to public safety. In 2015 alone, there were more than 1,600 dig-ins throughout PG&E’s service area.
The 811 one-call service is free, and it’s a requirement of California digging laws. Calling 811 ahead of projects can prevent tragedies like the 2015 third party transmission pipeline strikes that led to fatalities, injuries and property damage in Fresno and Bakersfield.
A call to 811 is the best safeguard and the first line of defense to preventing dig-ins. Callers are connected to their local 811 center that notifies the appropriate utility of their intent to dig. That utility operator sends a specially trained and qualified technician to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint....
UPDATED: August 31, 2016
The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) received official confirmation that SMFD earned a new PPC from ISO and have been re-rated to a Class 1/1X, or more simply stated, a Class 1 Department.
Last year, ISO conducted a re-evaluation of Southern Marin Fire. Prior to this re-evaluation, SMFD was rated a PPC Class 3 for the District and a PPC Class 5 for the City of Sausalito. The re-evaluation earned SMFD a Class Rating of 2/2X.
After receiving the new PPC of 2/2X, Fire Chief Tubbs began to analyze the report, scoring and information and found several anomalies in the report. Chief Tubbs requested a meeting with ISO to understand these anomalies. As a result of this meeting with ISO, it was discovered that SMFD received an incorrect credit for current daily minimum staffing levels. The District’s ISO representative re-calculated the score and submitted an updated application. As a result, the District received a new classification, achieving a Class 1 rating for the Southern Marin Fire District including the City of Sausalito....
The Marin IJ published at article on Saturday, February 21, 2016 titled, “Lawsuit says fire district owes OT”.
In response to this article the Fire District releases the following statement.
The District is confident that this matter will be resolved in a fair and reasonable manner for all parties, including the community. It was determined last April that underpayments of past overtime were inadvertently and incorrectly calculated, according to Federal law. Both the district and the Firefighters are working collaboratively to correct the error. We anticipate that this matter will be resolved quickly and will not result in litigation.
The community can be assured that they will continue to receive the highest quality services from the Fire District and its employees.
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....
Climate forecasters are predicting this winter’s El Niño to be among the largest on record. However, what that means for the Southern Marin area is unknown.
National Weather Service forecasters now say we are very likely to see normal winter rainfall, and a strong possibility of above-average rain. El Niño is not likely to end our drought.
Given Southern Marin’s history of severe weather events and damage, many residents are understandably concerned about what this winter holds. The Southern Marin fire District and our Partners are working closely together and are making these resources available to help residents protect themselves and their loved ones.
Information is available at this web page on our site: http://www.smfd.org/services/flooding-and-winter-storm-resources
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....
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.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September 2015 as “National Preparedness Month” in the State of California.
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.
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.
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.
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UPDATE: Saturday's Battle of the Bay hockey game was a huge success! The Northbay Guns n Hoses Hockey team was victorious, winning the hockey game 4-2 against the Oakland Fire Department's hockey team. The event was well attended by firefighters from many different fire agencies, players' families and citizens of Vacaville. The event raised nearly $30,000 to benefit the Miley McCrary Angel Fund. The hockey players wore a purple shamrock logo on their helmets to honor Miley and many of the players shaved their heads to show their support.
Marin Firefighters Tom Moran and Ben Powers, co-founders of the Northbay Guns n Hoses Hockey Club, are part of spearheading a fundraiser for the daughter of a fellow firefighter from the Oakland Fire Department who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The Mission of the Hockey Club is to raise monies to provide financial assistance to fellow firefighters and police officers in times of need....
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.
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.
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:...
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.
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
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.
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.