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Latest news and updates from Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

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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.

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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.
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.

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.