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Latest news and updates from Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

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NEW ADVISORY: Forecasters are predicting heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds developing late Wednesday and continuing through Friday. North Bay rainfall could exceed 5 inches on the windward side of the coast range. 3-5 inches of rain is possible locally. Heavy rain should be expected Thursday night as well. Possible impacts include trees uprooted, power lines down, flooding, mudslides, and traffic impacts.

The Southern Marin Fire District strongly encourages businesses and residents to prepare for the upcoming storm. The following lists potential issues and resources available to help you prepare for the many issues this storm may present. Flooding – If your home or business is in a low-lying area with a history of flooding, please take the time now to prepare for the possibility of flooding: 

  • Learn more about sandbags, flood maps, and other preparations here and here
  • If a blocked catch basin or storm drain is causing flooding, for Mill Valley contact the Department of Public Works at 415-384-4800 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours 415-446-4526. Sausalito residents should contact the Department of Public Works at 415-289-4113 during normal working hours and 415-289-4170 after hours. For Marin County residents contact (415) 472-0911. If the blocked storm drain is causing an immediate danger, call 911 from any land or mobile phone.
  • Please do not leave piles of leaves in the roadway. Please rake them up and place them in your green bin for disposal. Leaves left in the street will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.
  • More information on high tides and flooding information can be found here.


Power Outages

  • Have flashlights and battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages. Tune in to KQED 88.5 FM, KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM.
  • Fire Officials recommend that residents do not use candles because of the risk of fire. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Click here for more useful tips.
  • Anticipate power outages and bookmark PG&E’s power outage page.


Downed Trees and Limbs:

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This morning at approximately 0300 hours, the Southern Marin area was hit with major rainfall that resulted in significant flooding issues. Firefighters from Mill Valley, Southern Marin, Tiburon and Marin County responded to several events in the region. Local weather stations reported rainfall of 1.6 inches over a three hour period.

Firefighters responded to both businesses and homes that were impacted by flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall. One area that sustained significant flooding included the Cove Shopping Center that reportedly had over three inches of standing water in the parking lot. A number of homes were also impacted, and damage varied depending on location.

Firefighters continue to work with businesses and residents in assisting mitigation efforts and will likely be responding to additional impacts from the weather today.

NOAA predicts that weather for the remainder of the day include a high tide at approximately 0900 this morning, as well as ongoing rainfall for the remainder of the day. Regular weather updates can be found at NOAA's website: www.noaa.gov/wx.html.

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Southern Marin Fire District firefighters responded to a reported motor vehicle accident (MVA) this morning (12-2-2014) at 05:30am on the Golden Gate Bridge heading southbound.  The accident involved a single vehicle that crashed through co...ncrete and steel barriers separating the pedestrian walkway and bike path from the traffic lanes. The car traveled 400 yards onto the walkway before becoming wedged between the barriers.

The accident resulted in only the driver sustaining minor injuries – there were no pedestrians in the walkway. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving.

According to NOAA, A series of storm systems will impact the Bay Area starting this Friday and continuing through early next week. The weaker of the two storms will bring rain initially to the Bay Area Friday afternoon and then spreading southward through Saturday evening. The second stronger storm will impact the Bay Area Sunday through early Tuesday bringing heavier rainfall and possibly gusty winds.

On Friday, November 17, 2014, Southern Marin FD Firefighters from Fire Station 4 again partnered with the United States Marine Corps, and Radio Station ALICE, for the annual Toys for Tots drive.  District Firefighters participated in this worthy cause last year and as the photos show, it was a huge success.

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Firefighters from Mill Valley, Marin County and Southern Marin Fire District responded to a reported structure fire in Mill Valley.  Upon arrival firefighters were able to quickly determine that all occupants were out of the house, and were then able to contain and extinguish the fire in the room of origin - a small office/den area.  Damage was moderate and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

After thirty-seven years of selfless public service, Chief Jim Irving was recongnized today by Southern Marin Fire District personnel, friends, and other regional fire service partners as he completes his last active duty shift with the District.  On duty staff lowered the colors at Station 9 and presented them to Chief Irving in recognition of his service and final duty shift to the District.  The days events were at times festive and celebratory, and at times emotionally charged as the significance of this occasion was felt by all.  The District, and Marin County Fire Service Community is exceedingly grateful to Chief Irving and his wife Trudy, for their dedication and love of this organization, the Marin County region and the fire service community.  Best wishes to Chief Irving and Trudy as they embark on a new adventure. 

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At the November 19, 2014 Board Meeting, Chief Irving, in his final promotional ceremony as the District's Fire Chief, administers the Oath of Office to (L-R) Deputy Chief Chris Tubbs, Battalion Chief Kai Pasquale, and Captain Doug Paterson.  The three were recently appointed to their new positions for the Southern Marin Fire District.

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Southern Marin Firefighters participate in a training exercise with other members (Marin County Fire, Southern Marin Fire, Kentfield Fire and NPS), of the Marin County Water Rescue Team at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate.

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October 31st, Caledonia and Johnson

4:30 pm- BBQ at the Fire Station on Johnson Street
5:45 pm- Parade Line
6:00 pm- Caledonia Street Halloween Parade
6:30 pm- Trick or Treat Lane at City Hall 
6:30 pm- Haunted House

Put on your frightful, funny and fantastic costume and meet all your friends at the Firehouse (corner of Johnson and Caledonia) at 5:45pm on October 31. All Goblins and Ghouls will make the march down Caledonia Street to Robin Sweeny Park where Trick or Treat Lane will be open. Don’t forget to visit the Haunted House in the Edgewater Room at City Hall. The Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Lane are sponsored by the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department.

If you want your business or group to participate in Trick or Treat Lane, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 415.289.4152.

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We Live In An

EARTHQUAKE - FIRE - FLOOD County

 

DO YOU HAVE WHAT 
IT TAKES?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES?

…to survive a Disaster in your home 
for 5 to 7 days!

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 Photo: Prescription drugs killed Trey. They are very dangerous. Parents & family members need to dispose of all unused prescriptions before their sons, daughters and grand children start experimenting with them. THIS IS A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC!

 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-back Day that will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm.  The Mill Valley Police Department is proud to be partnering again with DEA for this event and will hold the collection event in the police station parking lot at 1 Hamilton Drive (across from Hauke Park).

In the eight previous Take-back events, DEA in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications and removed them from circulation.  The National Take-back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of these medications.

The Mill Valley Police Department has a collection container in the station lobby for the disposal of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The container can be accessed Monday -  Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  Drug disposal addresses a vital public safety and health issue in that medicines that languish in your home are often susceptible to theft and abuse. 

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On behalf of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Tubbs as our new Deputy Chief. He will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Chief Tubbs comes to us from Mercer Island Fire in Washington State. He has been Chief of Mercer Island Fire Department for the Last six and a half years.

Chief Tubbs was selected after a comprehensive search process with many excellent candidates. The Board believes that he will be an excellent fit with the vision and culture of Southern Marin Fire. 

Chief Tubbs was raised on Mercer Island. He began working for the Fire Department in 1978 while still a senior at Mercer Island High School, eventually being hired as a fulltime firefighter in 1982.  He is highly-respected among peers for his level-headed guidance, and his knowledge and eagerness to experiment with improvements to operations, always with an eye on providing exceptional public service.

He is looking forward relocating to the Bay Area to be closer to Family and to meeting and working with the men and women of Southern Marin.   

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  EMERGENCY RADIOAUTHORITY (MERA) – NEXT GENERATION:  REQUEST TO SUPPORT AND ENDORSE A PARCEL TAX
TO FUND THE NEXT GENERATION PUBLIC SAFETY
COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
 

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What is Marin County’s Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) used for?

  • The emergency notification system’s primary purpose is to advise you of any situation occurring or about to occur that threatens harm to life and/or property or is deemed dangerous by officials. This may include, but is certainly not limited to, extreme weather, natural or man-made disasters, crime, pandemics, hazardous materials incidents, and missing persons.

What, if any, of my contact information do you already have in the current telephone emergency notification system for me?

  • The Marin County’s Telephone Emergency Notification System uses listed and unlisted/blocked landline numbers provided by AT&T and Verizon.

Why am I being asked to use the Self Registration Portal?

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Tam Valley, like much of Southern Marin, is classified as a "very high risk" wildfire area.   Wildfires of similar magnitude to the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, or the 1995 Mt. Vision fire in Inverness, are possible here.  May 9 is the 10th anniversary of the 12-acre "Mother's Day" fire in the eucalyptus grove on GGNRA land in western Tam Valley. 

TCSD and Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) are taking steps to help Tam Valley residents understand the fire risk in their neighborhoods and to implement changes to reduce that risk. Specifically:

  • SMFD will conduct a 1.5-hour education session to describe the risk and suggest actions for property owners to reduce that risk. Please come to this presentation scheduled for Friday, April 11th or Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00pm at the Tam Valley Community Center.
  • TCSD and SMFD will sponsor free Chipper Days on most streets in the TCSD service area. Material will need to be stacked, cut, and placed on the street on your designated day and the material will be collected, chipped, and hauled away. 

Most Tam Valley neighborhoods will get this Chipper Day service in late April or early May 2014. This service will be provided to any remaining neighborhoods later in the year. Residents in each neighborhood will receive a postcard in the mail at least two weeks prior, and it will include all the participation details. Acceptable materials are brush, tree trimmings less than 6 inches in diameter (any length accepted), but we will NOT accept vines like blackberry or poison oak. 

In order to keep areas clear and to minimize fire risk, we encourage residents to not begin any significant work until you know the scheduled date for your street. Detailed information showing the dates, along with a map and list of streets will be posted on the TCSD website (www.tcsd.us).

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The below article was written by Jim Irving, Fire Chief of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District and president of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association and it was published in the Marin Independent Journal on November 16, 2013 on the Opinion page, Marin Voice section.

 Jim Irving

Combining Critical Priorities in Marin's Open Space Land

THE REASON many of us live in Marin County is the beauty and natural landscape that exists right outside our doors.

We shouldn't forget, though, that much of our surrounding beauty is fuel for a potentially devastating wildfire, one of the largest single risks we face of life and property loss. The fire service professionals in the county are challenged with protecting life, property and the environment, a job we take very seriously.

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Southern Marin Fire (SMFD) firefighters participated in the 2013 Urban Shield on October 25-28. Urban Shield is a 48-hour training exercise that trains local, national, and international first responder agencies to prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters and major emergencies. Participant included three major cities (Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose) and ten counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma), and more than 100 incorporated cities.

SMFD had four personnel on three teams in the Urban Shield event, Swift Water Rescue Team 11, Marin County Regional Task Force Team #1 & the Marin County Hazardous Materials team. The Marin County Regional Task Force Team #1 won 2nd place overall in the event behind MinnesotaTask Force Team #1. The teams were evaluated on core competencies which are designed to test their abilities in differing situations that will require effective communication and development of incident action plans. The training encourages collaborative interaction with other specialized teams and disciplines, law enforcement and/or role players. Scenarios are designed to provide teams with events that are fast paced, dynamic and increasingly encountered by first responders in this era.

The Southern Marin Fire District congratulates all the teams and the four SMFD firefighters who participated on their successful participation in the training exercise.

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Questions about your tax bill?

A number of people have been calling us with questions about the parcel/unit tax on their tax bill.

There is a new charge for $45 or $90 on my tax bill

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