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Fire Chief Chris Tubbs

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Chris Tubbs is the Fire Chief for the Southern Marin Fire District.  Chris began his career in the fire service in 1978 at the Mercer Island (WA) Fire Department and over his 40-year career, has worked in every rank from Firefighter to Fire Chief.  While at Mercer Island Chris was awarded multiple commendations and recognitions including the Distinguished Service Medal for the saving of a police officer’s life.  He also spent nineteen years with the Department of Homeland Security’ / FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Response System as part of Washington State Urban Search and Rescue Team (WATF-1), where he served first as a Logistician and later as a Task Force Safety Officer (TFSO). During his time with WATF-1 he deployed to the Oklahoma City Bombing and Hurricane Katrina, in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Chris left Mercer Island Fire Department after serving as the Fire Chief for almost seven years and serving with the Department for over 36 years.  Chief Tubbs has been with the Fire District since October 2014. He has been married to his wife Kristi for 35 years and has three grown children who are married and have their own children.  


  • Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Master’s Degree, National Security Studies, HDS Naval Post-Graduate School
  • Master’s Degree, Presidents List. Leadership: Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership, Grand Canyon University.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, Fire Service Leadership, Western Oregon University
  • Associate of Arts, Fire Service Administration, Bellevue Community College


Over the course of his career, Chief Tubbs has earned multiple certificationsand accreditations but most applicable to his role as a Fire Chief:

  • CFC – Accredited California Fire Chief Certification, Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • EFO - Executive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy
  • CFO – Accredited Chief Fire Officer, Center for Public Safety Excellence
  • MIFireE – Member of Institution for Fire Engineers
  • NIMS - National Incident Management System, ICS Courses: 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800.
  • ISO - Incident Safety Officer, National Fire Academy
  • Task Force Safety Officer – Department of Homeland Security / National Urban Search & Rescue Response System.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • CalChiefs – California Fire Chiefs Association
  • MCFCA – Marin County Fire Chiefs Association
  • IFE - International Fire Engineers
  • NFPA - National Fire Protection Association


CalChiefs – Northern Division Director / Executive Board

Marin County Fire Chiefs Association – has served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer.

NFPA– National Fire Protection Association – 950 & 951 Committees

NISC- Board of Directors & Treasurer, National Information Sharing Consortium.

HSIN– Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee

IMISC– Department of Homeland Security Incident Management Information Sharing Committee

VSMWGESDM– Department of Homeland Security Virtual Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management.

GGSC– Golden Gate Security Coalition

What do you enjoy most about leading your department?
Serving others is what drew me into the fire service.  I derive great value from knowing that I am helping others. In the beginning of my career I served others by responding to their emergent and non-emergent needs and seeing the impact of those interventions - it was exceedingly rewarding.  Now as a Fire Chief I serve those that serve, and I serve the community in a different way. Our agency is located in one of the most beautiful areas of California, but the beauty also betrays that there are some dangerous areas in our District. Working to manage these risks for our community and our firefighters is a very rewarding experience and I work for a highly dedicated Board of Directors who support the community, agency and the work I do for the District.  They are an amazing group of people.

What do you enjoy most about working for the Southern Marin Fire District?
I love working with other people who derive their own personal value from serving others. I enjoy getting to work with other Fire Chiefs, local government officials, and with community members who are dedicated to serving the community and managing the variety of risks we have.  These partnerships lead to excellent service for our community and I find that extremely rewarding.

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.


28 Libertyship Way
Suite 2800
Sausalito, CA 94965

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