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District News

Latest news and updates from Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

CERT Now on Facebook and Twitter

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

Marin County CERT Website Up and Running

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

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

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

Marin County Basic CERT Course Schedule for 2012 Released

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

 

 

 

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Welcome to the new Southern Marin Fire Protection District website!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Small Tidal Surge Hits Marin Region

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

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

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

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

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

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Friends of Southern Marin CERT Website

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

Vial of Life Program Available to Community

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

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.

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.

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
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