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Latest news and updates from Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

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Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day and join others throughout the nation making communities a safer place to live on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Challenge friends, family members, a faith-based groups or youth organization to create a project and accomplish something great together!  

Efforts will raise wildfire awareness and help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities, while increasing safety for wildland firefighters during future wildfires; or your project could lessen current post-fire impacts.

NFPA is pleased to announceState Farm®, the largest home insurer in the United States, has provided funding forsixty-five $500 project funding awardsto implement projects on May 2. State Farm has a long history of proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions and NFPA is proud to partner with State Farm on this national wildfire safety campaign.

Applying for a project funding award is easy and takes only a few minutes:

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Firefighters can often be seen conducting training exercises that mimic events that they must often respond to. These exercises provide firefighters with the opportunity to practice and perfect their skills, and to do it in a controlled environment. In this photo Southern Marin firefighters at Fire Station 9 practice vehicle stabilization techniques using a variety of tools, including struts. Stabilizing overturned or unstable vehicles is a critical first step in providing aid to medical patients.

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Southern Marin residents and friends of Southern Marin Fire we wanted to give you an update on the predicted storm which was shared to us by the California Office of Emergency Services.

The incoming storm has been predicted to deliver rain totals as high as 10” in the higher elevations by the end of the events sometime Monday. The storm is anticipated to come in two waves with the first wave arriving Thursday and lasting through Friday, and into Saturday with the heaviest rain on Friday (6-8” totals in higher elevations). They are predicting a slight break on Saturday and then the arrival of a second smaller event on Sunday (1-3” totals in higher elevations). The storm total prediction for most urban areas is 1.5 to 3”. The only change in the forecast is the rain will spread father down the coast south and the wind speeds have increased a bit so there may be some trees down and power outages with the potential for down power line. Residents are advised to never approach a down power line and always assume they are energized. In addition, some localized flooding may occur in the lower areas prone to flooding. As of today the NWS hydrologists are not predicting critical levels in the Marin creeks, but please remember that these areas are very dangerous due to the moving water and should be avoided by all ages. Fire District personnel will be keeping an eye on creek gauges throughout the storms in an effort to forecast any potential issues. The following advisories and watches are in effect:

Flash Flood Watch in effect from February 5, 10:00 PM PST until February 7, 06:00 AM PST

Wind Advisory in effect from February 6, 04:00 AM PST until February 7, 04:00 AM PST

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Do you that every year 795,000 people suffer a stroke in our country and that it is the leading cause of long term disability?

Do you know the signs of a someone having a stroke? If a person gets to a hospital quick enough much of the damage can often be reversed.

Look at this graphic and remember F.A.S.T. Call 911 if you see someone showing signs of having a stroke. You can save a life.

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Beginning the week of February 2, 2015, and for a two week period, PG&E will be driving through the communities and neighborhoods of Southern Marin with a highly sensitive gas monitoring vehicle.  The monitor is a highly sensitive detector mounted to a vehicle, which is one thousand times more sensitive then PG&E's normal gas detection meters.  There are a total of eight of these vehicles in PG&E's fleet for California.

PG&E uses this new technology to detect gas leaks long before they become a major problem.  The sensors are mounted on top of a PG&E vehicle and the vehicle drives through the neighborhood at about 15 mile per hour.  The PG&E vehicle is a Ford Escape, hybrid.  This vehicle is supported by other PG&E staff who can follow up on detections of possible leaks. 

PG&E works very closely with Fire Service Agencies.  On January 25, 2015, PG&E and multiple public safety agencies, including Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire, met with PG&E staff to review the program and vehicle, and discussed how this vehicle and service would integrate into emergency operations.

 

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At the January 28, 2015 Board Meeting, Interim Fire Chief Tubbs, administered the Oath of Office to Fire Inspector Ryan Boykin.  Ryan works in the Fire Prevention Bureau under the direction of the Deputy Fire Marshal, Fred Hilliard.  

Inspector Boykin comes from a Fire Service family; his father is the former Fire Chief for Hayward, CA Fire Department and his mother is the founder of Boykin Consulting Services, a company who provides inspection services associated with hazardous materials and fire prevention.  Ryan brings a passion for Fire Prevention to the District and plans to make Fire Prevention and Fire Investigation a career.  

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Southern Marin Fire units extricate 27 y/o female from overturned vehicle involved in three car motor vehicle accident on Highway 101.

At 0752 hours Monday January 12, 2015, fire units responded for a 3-4 vehicle accident on Highway 101, n...orth of Tiburon Blvd.  Upon arrival of Southern Marin Battalion 2, three vehicles determined to be involved in the accident blocking the number one and two lanes with one women trapped in an overturned vehicle.  Crews from the Southern Marin Fire District, Marin County Fire Department, and Tiburon Fire Protection District worked to extricate the trapped women by cutting the pillars that support the roof and extricating the 27 y/o female from San Francisco and transporting her via ambulance to Marin General Hospital.  Additionally, a 14 y/o female passenger in another vehicle was also transported via ambulance to Marin General Hospital See More

For the first time in its 77-year history, the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed for construction.

The Bridge will be closed for 52 hours over the second weekend of January 2015. The Bridge will close at 12:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10th, 2015.  It will reopen at 4:00 a.m. Monday, January 12th, 2015.

During this weekend, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will install a Moveable Median Barrier on the Bridge and its approaches.  The Barrier is expected to provide a safer system of separating opposing lanes of traffic, which will virtually eliminate the possibility of head-on collisions.

The Bridge District urges the public to stay away from the Bridge area during this weekend.  If travel between San Francisco and the North Bay Area is necessary, here are some options to get to your destination:

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Firefighters Travis Fox and Mike Coleman spearheaded an effort to raise funds from the Southern Marin Firefighters Association and individual members of the Fire District, for the purchase of ten bicycles that could be donated to the North Bay Children’s Center. Motivated by their desire to give a helping hand to those less fortunate, District personnel were clearly successful in making a difference in the lives of ten young children who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the experiences associated with learning to ride and be with their friends.

The attached photo shows Captain Sullivan and his crew, FF/Eng. Vollmer, Coleman and Boaz, and FF/PM Golden with several of the kids who received their new bikes.

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The Fire Marshal's Office, located at Fire Station 1 in Sausalito, will be closed during the Christmas and New Years holidays.  The Office will be closed beginning December 25th, 2015 through January 5th, 2015.  If you need to make contact with the Fire Marsha's Officel, messages can be left on the Fire Marshal's Voice Mail (415) 289-4163 and they will be returned after January 5th..  In the event of an emergency please dial 911.

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At 07:07 hours this morning, firefighters from Southern Marin Fire, Mill Valley Fire and Marin County Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Burger King Restaurant in Marin City. First arriving units noted smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters quickly discovered a small fire behind the parapet wall due to a possible electrical malfunction. The fire was quickly extinguished and the electric circuit de-energized. Damaged was contained to the parapet wall near the malfunctioned electric outlet.

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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.


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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.