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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.