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Latest news and updates from Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring National Preparedness Month

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. 

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.

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 comments
Happy Reading!

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

Marin Drive Firewise Class 2015

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. 

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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

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

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:

  1. What is a Firewise Community?
  2. What is the Community Wildfire Protection Plan?
  3. How to keep neighborhoods safe.

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Community-wide Hands-Only CPR & AED Training

6th Annual Sidewalk Hand-only CPR & AED Training
A 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.

 

 

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.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Hands free not risk free
Provided by The National Safety Council​ 

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.

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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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.

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Mill Valley, CA 94941

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