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.
On Saturday, March 5, 2016, all guests will be invited to help "push" the vehicle into the station.
The new replacement fire truck for Engine 4 was acquired in February 2016. The fire engine was manufactured by Pierce and features a 1500 gallon per minute water pump, a 500 HP Detroit Diesel engine, 500 gallon water tank and 15 gallon foam tank. The new Type 1 Fire Engine is larger and has more horsepower, which will reduce response time for the District’s paramedics and fire crews. The District will not need to add or replace any apparatus for another 15 years, making way for other, much-needed capital improvements in the fire district.
The Southern Marin Fire Protection District serves approximately 28,700 and over 14,100 homes and commercial properties. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is a modern “all risk" public safety agency, meaning we will respond to the needs of the community, regardless of the nature of the incident and begin the process of solving the problem to lead to a positive outcome.
SMFD is comprised of specialists in the areas of structural firefighting, Marine Firefighting, Hazardous Materials response, Urban Search and Rescue, Maritime Firefighting, Water Rescue, Dive Operations, Wildland Firefighting and strategic planning and command and control. Finally, every member of the SMFD is a trained Emergency Medical Technician or Nationally Accredited Paramedic.