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2017 Mill Valley Evacuation Drill

2017 Mill Valley Evacuation DrillSaturday, May 20, 2017  |  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Locations: Edgewood and Homestead Valley NeighborhoodsOn SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, the City of Mill Valley will be conducting its annual emergency drill in the Edgewood and Homestead Valley neighborhoods. If you live in these neighborhoods we invite you to participate in this VOLUNTARY EVACUATION, which is held in cooperation with the Mill Valley Fire Department, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Mill Valley Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission. This annual drill helps first responders assess the issues that may arise if such an evacuation became necessary due to a disaster, such as an earthquake or a wildland fire on Mount Tamalpais.

The drill begins on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with an activation of the Alert Marin Telephone Emergency Notification System\ which is a reverse 9-1-1 dialing system that can be used to alert residents in the event of an emergency. If you have not signed up already, please do so prior to the drill at www.alertmarin.org. If you have difficulty signing up, contact the Mill Valley Fire Department at (415) 389-4130.

After you receive the emergency activation, please proceed to the Drill Command Center located in the Tamalpais High School parking lot at 700 Miller Avenue between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Evacuate by foot, bike or vehicle to the Tam High parking lot. If you know that a neighbor will require evacuation assistance, please let us know. Emergency information and demonstrations will be provided by our community emergency partners, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Red Cross, Marin Humane Society, Whistlestop Wheels, Marin Medical Reserve Corps, Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Salvation Army. For more information, please click on the below links. Evacuation Drill Page on the City of Mill Valley Website Evacuation Video City of Mill Valley Evacuation Map  Questions? please contact Mill Valley Fire Department Fire Chief Tom Welch at (415) 389-4130 or evacuation@cityofmillvalley.org.  
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Blood Drive - Friday, September 17, 2017

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On Friday, September 17, 2017, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Southern Marin Fire will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at Fire Station 4 located at 309 Poplar Street in Tam Valley.

Everyone who donates blood and provides their email address will be entered to win one of three Emergency Preparedness Kits. Winners of the Emergency Preparedness Kits will be announced at the Annual Open House on October 21, 2017.

For more information, please contact Captain Cary Gloeckner at (415) 380.1101 or by email at cgloeckner@smfd.org

 

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Toy & Food Donations Accepted at All Fire Stations

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Toy & Food Collection - LAST WEEKEND FOR DONATIONS

Southern Marin Fire is collecting toys and food for the Holiday Season. Food donations benefit the Marin-SF Food Band and all toy donations are distributed by the Salvation Army to families & children who live in Marin County. You may drop off donations of food and toys at any SMFD Fire station located at 308 Reed Boulevard in Strawberry, 309 Poplar Street in Tam Valley and 333 Johnson Street in Sausalito.

Toys and food will be collected until Wednesday, December 19th. 

Your donations and generosity can make the Holidays bright for families and kids!

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Notice Inviting Interested Contractors for the 2017 Informal Bid List

Notice Inviting Interested Contractors for the 2017 Informal Bid List

In accordance with the State of California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Commission, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District is inviting all interested licensed contractors to submit their company for inclusion on the District's Informal Bidding Contractors List for calendar year 2017. 

Companies must resubmit to be included on the 2017 list even if your company has submitted an application in prior years.

Per California Public Contract Code 22032, any Public Works Project that is estimated to be below $175,000 is subject to the Informal Bidding Procedures set forth by the State of California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission. All trade categories are subject to Informal Bidding Procedures.

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SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE DISTRICT NEWSLETTER - November 2016

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Click Here to View the SMFD Newsletter November 2016

 

 

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National Prescription Take-Back Day - October 22, 2016


Citizens can drop off their unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs & vitamins at the Sausalito Fire Station on Caledonia Street everyday, and not just on National Prescription Take-Back Day.This is an important step in the fight against the prescription drug epidemic. When citizens properly discard their unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals, it keeps them out of the hands of anyone who may take them for recreational use. Let's be safe and keep dangerous, addictive drugs out of our kids hands. 

You can make a difference...Your actions can save the life of one young person or spare one family from the heartache of a prescription drug overdose!

 

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Annual Open House - Saturday, October 15th, 11am-2pm

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Are You Prepared for a Major Fire in Mill Valley? Find Out Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Are You Prepared for a Major Fire in Mill Valley?

Find Out Saturday, September 10, 2016

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Though that famous quote from philosopher George Santayana dates back to the early 1900s, it applies to Mill Valley in 2014 and our desire and ability to learn from the history of massive fires in Marin and the Bay Area, including the Vision Fire in West Marin in 1995.

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Board Vacancy - One Position Available on SMFD Board of Directors

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Board of Director Vacancy

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Southern Marin Fire Protection DistrictNotice of Board Vacancy

 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors has an opening. The vacancy is for the first two (2) years of a 4-year term. Thereafter, the position is subject to reelection by the voters who reside within the District borders.

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Southern Marin Fire - Jazz by the Bay - June 3, June 24 & July 8

Southern Marin Fire - Jazz by the Bay - June 3,  June 24 & July 8

The Southern Marin Firefighters Association is selling their World Famous Tri-Tip Sandos and Firehouse Coleslaw, Lagunitas Beer & quality wine at the Jazz by the Bay Events in Sausalito at Friday, June 3, June 24, July 8. 

Sausalito’s summertime Jazz & Blues by the Bay concerts have become a legendary local favorite. Breathtaking views of Angel Island, San Francisco and the Bay provide the backdrop for this weekly celebration at Gabrielson Park in downtown Sausalito. 

Concerts start on Friday June 3rd and continue every Friday until August 26th and go from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Food and beverages are on sale by a different Sausalito Non-profit group each week. 

The free grass area seating fills up quickly, so come down early to save a spot. For more info: http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx... 

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Sidewalk CPR Community Training - June 11, 2016

Sidewalk CPR Community Training - June 11, 2016

Sidewalk CPR Training provided by Southern Marin Fire personnel on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Strawberry Village in Mill Valley from 11am -1pm and at the Sausalito Ferry Terminal from 10am-2pm. Come by and learn this very effective technique.

 

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SMFD Strategic Plan 2016-2020

SMFD Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Finalized and Approved by SMFD Board of Directors

At the February 24, 2016, Board Meeting, the Directors adopted the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Fire District.  The plan includes Nine Strategic Initiatives that will guide the District towards its adopted Vision.

The Strategic Planning Process occurred over the past eight months, guided by an experienced and highly respected Facilitator.  The collaborative process included engagement with outside Stakeholders such as other government agencies, community groups and volunteers.  The engagement process included completing surveys on the District and its operations, as well as an interactive process with the Facilitator.

The final development element of the Strategic Planning Process was a five-day series of work sessions engaging key internal District employees.  Synthesizing the information gathered from external and internal stakeholders, the nine Strategic Initiatives, supporting objectives and critical tasks and timelines were developed.

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Fill the Boot for MDA

Fill the Boot for MDA

Fill the Boot for MDA on Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Sausalito

Southern Marin Fire District firefighters will "Fill The Boot" for MDA this month! Last year, Marin Professional Firefighters Local 1775 raised $35,000 for MDA and this year the goal is $40K! Southern Marin and Mill Valley Fire raised a record $5,396.Help us help local families fighting neuromuscular disease! You can drop a donation into our boots at one of our roadside locations, or click the link (below) to donate. We need your help to break our record and help more families than ever in 2016!

LOCATIONS & DATES:Sunday April 24th Tiburon (Main St. at Tiburon Blvd.) 9am-3pmSausalito (Bridgeway at Princess) 9am-3pmNovato (Rowland Blvd & Vintage Way) 10am-3pmMonday April 25th San Anselmo (The Hub) 8am-1pmSan Rafael (Grand St. at 3rd & 2nd St.) 8am-1pm

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINELocal 1775 MDA Fill the Boot - Donate Online

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New Fire Engine Dedication Ceremony - Saturday, March 5, 2016

New Fire Engine Dedication Ceremony - Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District Welcomes A New Fire Truck to the Fire Fleet

Mill Valley, CA – Fire Chief Chris Tubbs, along with District’s Board of Directors will join the Department to commemorate the addition of a new fire truck with a special christening ceremony on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10 a.m., at Fire Station 4, 309 Poplar Street, Tam Valley neighborhood, in Mill Valley.

The new Fire Engine will allow the District to provide better service with advanced firefighting technology that will benefit the residents and visitors of the District as well residents throughout Marin County due to current automatic and mutual aid agreements.

In celebration of the new replacement fire truck for Engine 4, the public is encouraged to participate in the customary tradition of transferring water from "old to new.” In the fire service, the act of transferring water represents life, as well as always being ready to protect. Once the water has been transferred from the old truck, the new engine's sirens will sound. The ceremony will also include the housing ritual which dates back to the 1800s when horses were used to pull fire engines. The neighborhood would assist with pushing the engine backward since the horses were ineffective at doing so.   

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Fire Prevention - Community Meeting

Fire Prevention - Community Meeting

Fire Prevention - Community Meeting

The Perfect Storm!!!

Wildland Fires + Homestead Valley

Homestead Valley Firewise* Community Day

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Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Southern Marin Fire, Mill Valley Fire and firefighters throughout Marin County wear pink t-shirts in October to bring about breast cancer awareness.

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3rd Annual Open House

3rd Annual Open House
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On October 11, 2015, the Southern Marin Fire District hosted its Annual Open House event at all three fire stations, in support of Fire Prevention Week.

The event was well attended at all three fire stations.  The annual event is primarily for the purpose of preventing fires through public education but not only was fire prevention information shared with the public and questions answered, kids were able to tour the fire station, see fire engines up close, sit inside them, and see and interact with firefighters in all their gear.  Thank you to our community for your support and for participating in this event. We look forward to seeing you next year! 
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Thank You for Your Pet & Animal Donation - Valley Fire

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Thank you to all who donated pet & animal supplies for the victims of the Valley Fire. The Southern Marin Fire District is proud of Firefighters Brett Stone and Ian Hanson who spearheaded the pet donation drive. The District received so many items and are happy to report that all items were delivered them to the animal shelter near Middletown yesterday.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone for your generosity. Without community support, the District could not have collected so many much-needed pet & animal supplies. Kudos to Everyone!

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PUBLIC MEETINGS: COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN UPDATE

PUBLIC MEETINGS: COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN UPDATE

COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN UPDATE: PUBLIC MEETINGS

You are invited!  Marin County Fire Department & FIRESafe MARIN are actively working to complete an update to the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). We invite all interested parties to attend one of four CWPP public meetings:

October 12, 13, 14, 15

6:00PM - 7:30PM

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You're Invited to the 3rd Annual Open House

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The Southern Marin Fire District is holding it's 3rd Annual Open House on Sunday October 11th from Noon to 3:00 pm at all of the fire stations. 

Fire Station Locations

Strawberry: 308 Reed BoulevardTam Valley: 309 Poplar Street Sausalito: 333 Johnson Street

The public is invited to stop by, meet the firefighters and get a tour of the fire station. Educational demonstrations are scheduled at each fire station beginning at 2:00 pm.

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Southern Marin Fire District Newsletter - August 2015

Southern Marin Fire District Newsletter - August 2015

August 2015 Newsletter

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is proud to present the SMFD Newsletter, August 2015 edition.  You will find many articles about the District's activities, projects and staff members.Please contact Susan Kim at skim@smfd.org if you have any questions or commentsHappy Reading!

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Southern Marin Fire 2015 Eligibility List

Southern Marin Fire 2015 Eligibility List

Southern Marin Fire 2015 Eligibility List

Southern Marin Fire Protection District is seeking candidates for an Eligibility List (to be considered for prospective open firefighter/firefighter paramedic positions).

To be considered for this position, you must successfully pass the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Entry-Level Firefighter Written Exam and be placed on the FCTC statewide list.  Please visit www.FCTConline.org to register for the upcoming exam (August 2015) and learn more about the exam process, requirements and scheduled exam locations/dates.  The Southern Marin Fire Protection District will receive a list of candidates from the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center and will notify candidates of their eligibility to apply for this position with first round interviews targeted for early September 2015. 

If you have previously taken the exam through the FCTC and are active on their list, your results will be accepted and you do not need to participate in another written exam.

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Marin Drive Firewise Class 2015

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Marin Drive Firewise Class 2015 

On July 18, 2015, Fire Captain Cary Gloeckner in conjunction with the newly created Marin Drive Firewise Community Leadership will be conducting a free wildfire defensible space class where he will teach homeowners how to survive a wildfire, prepare a home defensible space, discuss evacuation and shelter in place issues, describe and discuss what a Firewise Community is and how it will help to save lives and homes as well as introduce the volunteer core leadership of this brand new Firewise Community. 

 Captain Cary Gloeckner

The class will be in (3) 45 minute segments consisting of real wildfire footage that will change your perspective on how to protect your family and home from wildfire, case studies of home survival, a lesson on why your home was mapped as an Very High Fire Danger by the State of California and a lesson on the plan Captain Gloeckner has come up with to assess your home’s actual wildfire danger rating in order to create a new map that will more accurately depict your home’s threat from wildfire.  This is a must see presentation and it is completely free.

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Response to GRAND JURY REPORT - A Case of Government Code Violations and A Lack of Transparency

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District recently responded to the Grand Jury Report - A Case of Government Code Violations and a Lack of Transparency. Please click on the links below to access the Districts's official response.

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SMFD Response Civil Grand Jury Report - A Case of Government Code Violations and a Lack of Transparency

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Pharmaceutical Drug Collection Program

Pharmaceutical Drug Collection Program

 

Southern Marin Fire Protection District has recently received a Pharmaceutical Waste Receptacle.  The Pharmaceutical Waste Container has been placed in the downstairs front lobby of the Sausalito Fire Station, 333 Johnson Street in Sausalito. It is designed for the public to have a safe place to discard old or unused medications.

Drop offs are available during the following hours:

Monday-Sunday 8:00am to 4:00pm  

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Firewise Community Education Program

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On Saturday, July 18, 2015, a Firewise Marin Community Education Program will be held at Southern Marin Fire, Station 4 in Tam Valley from 9am to Noon. A potluck lunch to follow.

The program will teach the community:

What is a Firewise Community?What is the Community Wildfire Protection Plan?How to keep neighborhoods safe.
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Community-wide Hands-Only CPR & AED Training

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6th Annual Sidewalk Hand-only CPR & AED TrainingA FREE Community-wide Hands-Only CPR and AED Training 

Learn to save a life at various locations throughout Marin on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire District will be conducting the Hand-only CPR and AED Training at two locations, Strawberry Village Shopping Center and the Ferry Building in Sausalito.

Take a few minutes and learn how to save a life! Demonstrations and instructions are provided by local doctors, nurses, SMFD paramedics and firefighters. Anyone age 8 and up are welcome to participate.

For more information, visit www.MarinEMS.org.

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GRAND JURY REPORT - A Case of Government Code Violations and A Lack of Transparency


On April 16, 2015 the Grand Jury of Marin County issued a report titled, “Pension Enhancements: A Case of Government Code Violations and A Lack of Transparency”. 

Upon receipt of the Report the District’s Board of Directors and Interim Fire Chief immediately set in motion the required legal analysis in preparation for responding to the Grand Jury Report as prescribed by law. 

This analysis is underway but until a thorough investigation is complete, the Board of Directors and Interim Fire Chief felt it was imperative to communicate with our constituents in regards to the Grand Jury Report, and the actions the Fire District is taking.  We want to assure you that your elected officials and Fire District executive staff are following the prescribed steps, ensuring compliance with all regulations related to the Grand Jury Process and the Ralph H. Brown Act, in our analysis and subsequent responses.  This has resulted in the accompanying statement from the Board of Directors and Interim Fire Chief to the community.

The Board of the Southern Marin Fire District is happy to share this statement with you and has also submitted the statement to local media outlets, as well as authorized its release on the District’s Social Media sites. Once the Grand Jury analysis is complete, the District will share the finding from the analysis with the community as well.

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US Coast Guard will Release New Boating Safety App

US Coast Guard will Release New Boating Safety App
US COAST GUARD TO RELEASE BOATING SAFETY APP

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week.

The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater's marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.

The app will be available on the Apple and Google Play online stores.

Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.  When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Hands free not risk free

Provided by The National Safety Council​ 

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Real Heroes Wear Pink

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Never mind capes. Real heroes wear Pink.

It's more than a piece of clothing—it's a statement that you won't stand for the tragic toll breast cancer takes on lives.

Few sights grab the public's eye like a fire fighter dressed in bright pink. But all across the United States and Canada, IAFF members are suiting up in pink to fight breast cancer—just one of the many ways fire fighters show support for the fight against breast cancer.

Southern Marin Firefighters participated in this nation-wide campaign. 

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Halloween BBQ & Parade in Sausalito

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HALLOWEEN SAUSALITO

October 31st, Caledonia and Johnson4:30 pm- BBQ at the Fire Station on Johnson Street5:45 pm- Parade Line6:00 pm- Caledonia Street Halloween Parade6:30 pm- Trick or Treat Lane at City Hall 6:30 pm- Haunted House

Put on your frightful, funny and fantastic costume and meet all your friends at the Firehouse (corner of Johnson and Caledonia) at 5:45pm on October 31. All Goblins and Ghouls will make the march down Caledonia Street to Robin Sweeny Park where Trick or Treat Lane will be open. Don’t forget to visit the Haunted House in the Edgewater Room at City Hall. The Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Lane are sponsored by the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department.

If you want your business or group to participate in Trick or Treat Lane, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 415.289.4152.

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Get Ready Trainings in November

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We Live In AnEARTHQUAKE - FIRE - FLOOD County

 

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES?

…to survive a Disaster in your home for 5 to 7 days!

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Prescription Drug Takeback Day

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 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-back Day that will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm.  The Mill Valley Police Department is proud to be partnering again with DEA for this event and will hold the collection event in the police station parking lot at 1 Hamilton Drive (across from Hauke Park).

In the eight previous Take-back events, DEA in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications and removed them from circulation.  The National Take-back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of these medications.

The Mill Valley Police Department has a collection container in the station lobby for the disposal of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The container can be accessed Monday -  Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  Drug disposal addresses a vital public safety and health issue in that medicines that languish in your home are often susceptible to theft and abuse. 

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Please Join Us at the Annual Open House -

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Deputy Chief Appointment

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On behalf of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Tubbs as our new Deputy Chief. He will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Chief Tubbs comes to us from Mercer Island Fire in Washington State. He has been Chief of Mercer Island Fire Department for the Last six and a half years.

Chief Tubbs was selected after a comprehensive search process with many excellent candidates. The Board believes that he will be an excellent fit with the vision and culture of Southern Marin Fire. 

Chief Tubbs was raised on Mercer Island. He began working for the Fire Department in 1978 while still a senior at Mercer Island High School, eventually being hired as a fulltime firefighter in 1982.  He is highly-respected among peers for his level-headed guidance, and his knowledge and eagerness to experiment with improvements to operations, always with an eye on providing exceptional public service. He is looking forward relocating to the Bay Area to be closer to Family and to meeting and working with the men and women of Southern Marin.   

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Get Ready Trainings

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Training and education to keep you and your family safe, warm, and fed in the event of a disaster

Sign up NOW for 2014 Fall Get Ready Classes

In case of an earthquake, public safety officials recommend having enough food and water to last up to 7 days. If we have a catastrophic fire, you may need to evacuate in 10 minutes or less. GET READY is a free 2 hour class, sponsored by the Southern Marin Fire District that teaches you how to prepare your home and family for all types of emergencies. 

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MERA RADIO SYSTEM - NEXT GENERATION

MERA RADIO SYSTEM - NEXT GENERATION
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  EMERGENCY RADIOAUTHORITY (MERA) – NEXT GENERATION:  REQUEST TO SUPPORT AND ENDORSE A PARCEL TAXTO FUND THE NEXT GENERATION PUBLIC SAFETYCOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM 

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Fire Risk Mitigation: TCSD Chipper Day Events

Tam Valley, like much of Southern Marin, is classified as a "very high risk" wildfire area.   Wildfires of similar magnitude to the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, or the 1995 Mt. Vision fire in Inverness, are possible here.  May 9 is the 10th anniversary of the 12-acre "Mother's Day" fire in the eucalyptus grove on GGNRA land in western Tam Valley. 

TCSD and Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) are taking steps to help Tam Valley residents understand the fire risk in their neighborhoods and to implement changes to reduce that risk. Specifically:

SMFD will conduct a 1.5-hour education session to describe the risk and suggest actions for property owners to reduce that risk. Please come to this presentation scheduled for Friday, April 11th or Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00pm at the Tam Valley Community Center.TCSD and SMFD will sponsor free Chipper Days on most streets in the TCSD service area. Material will need to be stacked, cut, and placed on the street on your designated day and the material will be collected, chipped, and hauled away. 

Most Tam Valley neighborhoods will get this Chipper Day service in late April or early May 2014. This service will be provided to any remaining neighborhoods later in the year. Residents in each neighborhood will receive a postcard in the mail at least two weeks prior, and it will include all the participation details. Acceptable materials are brush, tree trimmings less than 6 inches in diameter (any length accepted), but we will NOT accept vines like blackberry or poison oak. 

In order to keep areas clear and to minimize fire risk, we encourage residents to not begin any significant work until you know the scheduled date for your street. Detailed information showing the dates, along with a map and list of streets will be posted on the TCSD website (www.tcsd.us).

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Priorities in Marin's Open Space Land

The below article was written by Jim Irving, Fire Chief of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District and president of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association and it was published in the Marin Independent Journal on November 16, 2013 on the Opinion page, Marin Voice section.

 Jim Irving

Combining Critical Priorities in Marin's Open Space Land

THE REASON many of us live in Marin County is the beauty and natural landscape that exists right outside our doors.

We shouldn't forget, though, that much of our surrounding beauty is fuel for a potentially devastating wildfire, one of the largest single risks we face of life and property loss. The fire service professionals in the county are challenged with protecting life, property and the environment, a job we take very seriously.

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Urban Shield 2013

Southern Marin Fire (SMFD) firefighters participated in the 2013 Urban Shield on October 25-28. Urban Shield is a 48-hour training exercise that trains local, national, and international first responder agencies to prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters and major emergencies. Participant included three major cities (Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose) and ten counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma), and more than 100 incorporated cities.

SMFD had four personnel on three teams in the Urban Shield event, Swift Water Rescue Team 11, Marin County Regional Task Force Team #1 & the Marin County Hazardous Materials team. The Marin County Regional Task Force Team #1 won 2nd place overall in the event behind MinnesotaTask Force Team #1. The teams were evaluated on core competencies which are designed to test their abilities in differing situations that will require effective communication and development of incident action plans. The training encourages collaborative interaction with other specialized teams and disciplines, law enforcement and/or role players. Scenarios are designed to provide teams with events that are fast paced, dynamic and increasingly encountered by first responders in this era.

The Southern Marin Fire District congratulates all the teams and the four SMFD firefighters who participated on their successful participation in the training exercise.

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Questions About Your Property Tax Bill?

Do you have questions about your property tax bill?

There is a charge for $45 or $90 on my tax bill, What is it for?

In 1996 and 1997, residents of the former Alto-Richardson Bay and Tamalpais Fire Protection Districts voted to implement a parcel/unit tax to make up for local property taxes that were shifted to the State to augment education. With the consolidation of those two fire districts, property taxes are now charged by the Southern Marin Fire Protection District. That tax provides for the District to charge up $90.00 per unit on an improved parcel, $45.00 per unimproved parcel and up to $.012 per square foot on commercial buildings.

After a number of school districts were found to be charging floating homes and mobile homes inappropriately, the County Assessor’s Office asked that all districts review their taxes with their legal counsel to make certain that they were charging appropriately.

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Rock Slide Highway 101 at Spencer Drive

On 6/4/13 at 2:30 am, Southern Marin Fire responded to a rock slide & automobile accident. On scene, firefighters encountered a rock slide that covered northbound Highway 101 just prior to the Spencer Avenue exit. An vehicle ran into a large rock from the rock slide and the driver sustained minor injuries. 

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Is Your Home WildFire Ready?

Is Your Home WildFire Ready?

Southern Marin Defensible Space Education

Ready Set Go is a simple program that reinforces key points vital to survival in Marin's hillside communities during fire season.

Visit www.readysetgomarin.org for details.

 

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CERT Training

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Wildland Drill May 4th 2013

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On Monday, May 4, 2013, Southern Marin Fire will be participating in the Wildland SKills Multi Agency Drill (MAD) from 8am to 1pm. MAD will simulate a wildland fire impacting the City of Mill Valley. Mill Valley Fire and Marin County Fire will also be participating.

The MAD training will coincide with the City of Mill Valley Neighborhood Evacuation Drill.

There will be 15-20 fire engines involved in this MAD training on May 4th, so if you see many first responders & fire engines in your neighborhood, Please Do Not Be Alarmed!This is just a training drill

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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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