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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, May 12, 2017

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On Friday, May 12, 2017, there will be a Blood Drive at Southern Marin Fire at Fire Station 4 located at 309 Poplar Street in Mill Valley from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

The first 30 confirmed donors will get a reflective address placard and firefighter assistance to install it. This is a $45 value.

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

 

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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

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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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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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Marin Headland's Tunnel Closure Scheduled

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PRESS RELEASE - MARIN HEADLANDS TUNNEL CLOSURE

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SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE DISTRICT 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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April is Safe Digging Month

April is Safe Digging Month

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.

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SMFD is now a Class 1! - Southern Marin Fire District Receives New ISO Rating

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. 

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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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Statement from the Southern Marin Fire District Board of Directors and Fire Chief Christian Tubbs.

Statement from the Southern Marin Fire District Board of Directors and Fire Chief Christian Tubbs.

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.

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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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El Nino Information for Residents

El Nino Information for Residents

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

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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 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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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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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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Southern Marin Firefighters Spearhead Fundraiser

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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.

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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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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Hands free not risk free

Provided by The National Safety Council​ 

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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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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

Photo: Prescription drugs killed Trey. They are very dangerous. Parents & family members need to dispose of all unused prescriptions before their sons, daughters and grand children start experimenting with them. THIS IS A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC!
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Systemwww.alertmarin.orgIf 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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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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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, 289-4155Station 4; 309 Poplar Rd. in Tam Valley, 380-1101Station 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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