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2017 Mill Valley Evacuation Drill

2017 Mill Valley Evacuation Drill
Saturday, May 20, 2017  |  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Locations: Edgewood and Homestead Valley Neighborhoods
On SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, the City of Mill Valley will be conducting its annual emergency drill in the Edgewood and Homestead Valley neighborhoods. If you live in these neighborhoods we invite you to participate in this VOLUNTARY EVACUATION, which is held in cooperation with the Mill Valley Fire Department, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Mill Valley Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission. This annual drill helps first responders assess the issues that may arise if such an evacuation became necessary due to a disaster, such as an earthquake or a wildland fire on Mount Tamalpais.

The drill begins on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with an activation of the Alert Marin Telephone Emergency Notification System\ which is a reverse 9-1-1 dialing system that can be used to alert residents in the event of an emergency. If you have not signed up already, please do so prior to the drill at www.alertmarin.org. If you have difficulty signing up, contact the Mill Valley Fire Department at (415) 389-4130.

After you receive the emergency activation, please proceed to the Drill Command Center located in the Tamalpais High School parking lot at 700 Miller Avenue between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

  • Evacuate by foot, bike or vehicle to the Tam High parking lot. If you know that a neighbor will require evacuation assistance, please let us know. 
  • Emergency information and demonstrations will be provided by our community emergency partners, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Red Cross, Marin Humane Society, Whistlestop Wheels, Marin Medical Reserve Corps, Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Salvation Army.
 For more information, please click on the below links. 
Questions? please contact Mill Valley Fire Department Fire Chief Tom Welch at 
(415) 389-4130 
or evacuation@cityofmillvalley.org.

BHO and Indoor Grows Class January 24, 2017

Join instructor Chris Jelinek of Humboldt Bay FD January 24, 2017 to review Indoor Grow House and Butane Hash Hazards, and Response Considerations.

To register:


$25 Checks Payable to:


Fully Involved Leadership Class: January 12, 2017

Southern Marin Fire District is honored to have Captain Mark VonAppen to present His Fully Involved Leadership Class on January 12, 2017. If you would like to attend, sign up today as space is limited.

Marin Headland's Tunnel Closure Scheduled

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Click Here to View the SMFD Newsletter November 2016

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National Prescription Take-Back Day - October 22, 2016

Citizens can drop off their unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs & vitamins at the Sausalito Fire Station on Caledonia Street everyday, and not just on National Prescription Take-Back Day.
This is an important step in the fight against the prescription drug epidemic. When citizens properly discard their unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals, it keeps them out of the hands of anyone who may take them for recreational use. Let's be safe and keep dangerous, addictive drugs out of our kids hands. 

You can make a difference...Your actions can save the life of one young person or spare one family from the heartache of a prescription drug overdose!


Are You Prepared for a Major Fire in Mill Valley? Find Out Saturday, September 10, 2016

Are You Prepared for a Major Fire in Mill Valley?

Find Out Saturday, September 10, 2016

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Though that famous quote from philosopher George Santayana dates back to the early 1900s, it applies to Mill Valley in 2014 and our desire and ability to learn from the history of massive fires in Marin and the Bay Area, including the Vision Fire in West Marin in 1995.


Board of Director Vacancy

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Southern Marin Fire Protection District
Notice of Board Vacancy


The Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors has an opening. The vacancy is for the first two (2) years of a 4-year term. Thereafter, the position is subject to reelection by the voters who reside within the District borders.


Fill the Boot for MDA

Fill the Boot for MDA

Fill the Boot for MDA on Sunday, April 24, 2016 
in Sausalito

Southern Marin Fire District firefighters will "Fill The Boot" for MDA this month! Last year, Marin Professional Firefighters Local 1775 raised $35,000 for MDA and this year the goal is $40K! Southern Marin and Mill Valley Fire raised a record $5,396.
Help us help local families fighting neuromuscular disease! You can drop a donation into our boots at one of our roadside locations, or click the link (below) to donate. We need your help to break our record and help more families than ever in 2016!

Sunday April 24th
Tiburon (Main St. at Tiburon Blvd.) 9am-3pm
Sausalito (Bridgeway at Princess) 9am-3pm
Novato (Rowland Blvd & Vintage Way) 10am-3pm

Monday April 25th
San Anselmo (The Hub) 8am-1pm
San Rafael (Grand St. at 3rd & 2nd St.) 8am-1pm

Local 1775 MDA Fill the Boot - Donate Online

New Fire Engine Dedication Ceremony - Saturday, March 5, 2016

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.   


Statement from the Southern Marin Fire District Board of Directors and Fire Chief Christian Tubbs.

Statement from the Southern Marin Fire District Board of Directors and Fire Chief Christian Tubbs.

The Marin IJ published at article on Saturday, February 21, 2016 titled, “Lawsuit says fire district owes OT”. 

In response to this article the Fire District releases the following statement.

The District is confident that this matter will be resolved in a fair and reasonable manner for all parties, including the community.  It was determined last April that underpayments of past overtime were inadvertently and incorrectly calculated, according to Federal law.  Both the district and the Firefighters are working collaboratively to correct the error.  We anticipate that this matter will be resolved quickly and will not result in litigation. 

The community can be assured that they will continue to receive the highest quality services from the Fire District and its employees.

Seminary Interchange Information from Supervisor Kate Sears

Seminary Interchange Information from Supervisor Kate Sears

UPDATE FROM KATE: Seminary Interchange Improvements Soon To Be Constructed

What’s Happening at the Seminary Drive Interchange?

Last winter, I let you know about planned improvements coming to the Seminary Drive interchange. Here’s a recap of these improvements and a word about the construction soon to be underway.

The Seminary interchange project includes the intersection for the northbound (Seminary Drive) off ramp to Redwood Highway Frontage Road and the northbound on ramp to Highway 101.  Accident history at this location necessitated these improvements to give drivers better direction about how to proceed through the intersection safely.


El Nino Information for Residents

El Nino Information for Residents

Climate forecasters are predicting this winter’s El Niño to be among the largest on record. However, what that means for the Southern Marin area is unknown.

National Weather Service forecasters now say we are very likely to see normal winter rainfall, and a strong possibility of above-average rain. El Niño is not likely to end our drought.

Given Southern Marin’s history of severe weather events and damage, many residents are understandably concerned about what this winter holds. The Southern Marin fire District and our Partners are working closely together and are making these resources available to help residents protect themselves and their loved ones.

Information is available at this web page on our site: http://www.smfd.org/services/flooding-and-winter-storm-resources

Fire Prevention - Community Meeting

Fire Prevention - Community Meeting

Fire Prevention - Community Meeting

The Perfect Storm!!!

Wildland Fires + Homestead Valley

Homestead Valley Firewise* Community Day


Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness


Southern Marin Fire, Mill Valley Fire and firefighters throughout Marin County wear pink t-shirts in October to bring about breast cancer awareness.

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3rd Annual Open House

3rd Annual Open House


On October 11, 2015, the Southern Marin Fire District hosted its Annual Open House event at all three fire stations, in support of Fire Prevention Week.

The event was well attended at all three fire stations.  The annual event is primarily for the purpose of preventing fires through public education but not only was fire prevention information shared with the public and questions answered, kids were able to tour the fire station, see fire engines up close, sit inside them, and see and interact with firefighters in all their gear.  Thank you to our community for your support and for participating in this event. 
We look forward to seeing you next year!
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Thank You for Your Pet & Animal Donation - Valley Fire




Thank you to all who donated pet & animal supplies for the victims of the Valley Fire. The Southern Marin Fire District is proud of Firefighters Brett Stone and Ian Hanson who spearheaded the pet donation drive. The District received so many items and are happy to report that all items were delivered them to the animal shelter near Middletown yesterday.





You are invited!  Marin County Fire Department & FIRESafe MARIN are actively working to complete an update to the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

We invite all interested parties to attend one of four CWPP public meetings:

October 12, 13, 14, 15

6:00PM - 7:30PM


You're Invited to the 3rd Annual Open House


The Southern Marin Fire District is holding it's 3rd Annual Open House on Sunday October 11th from Noon to 3:00 pm at all of the fire stations. 

Fire Station Locations

  1. Strawberry: 308 Reed Boulevard
  2. Tam Valley: 309 Poplar Street 
  3. Sausalito: 333 Johnson Street

The public is invited to stop by, meet the firefighters and get a tour of the fire station. Educational demonstrations are scheduled at each fire station beginning at 2:00 pm.

Southern Marin Firefighters Request Assitance for Victims of Valley Fire

Southern Marin Firefighters Request Assitance for Victims of Valley Fire

Valley Fire Fundraiser

Like many in our community we have been moved by what we are seeing happen to our fellow Californians in the Valley Fire. Though we are out on the front lines battling these fires we return home feeling there is so much more that needs to be done and we believe we can collectively help.

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is teaming up with our community to provide aid to the families in need in the area of the Valley Fire. Several agencies and private citizens have lent their support to people who have suffered losses due to the devastating fire. An area of tremendous need is with regards to pets and pet owners.

            The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is accepting donations of ALL PET RELATED ITEMS. Food/bowls, litter/litter boxes, kennels, beds, leashes, collars, over the counter flea and tick medications and anything else you can think of that will be helpful to a pet/pet owner. There has been a massive outpouring of donations to people in the affected area. We want to make sure that the pets are taken care of too.


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.


308 Reed Boulevard
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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