Southern Marin Fire Protection District is responsible for providing fire and emergency medical service for its constituents in the District. Three engines, one ladder truck, one rescue squad, and two ambulances respond from the Southern Marin Fire Protection District's three stations located in Strawberry, Tamalpais Valley, and Sausalito. The personnel responding on these units are either a Paramedic (advanced life support) or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who are trained in the use of the automatic external defibrillator (AED).
Operational guidelines are provided by the Southern Marin Emergency Medical Paramedic System (SMEMPS), a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) in which other fire agencies in the area participate. Emergency medical care is managed through a number of programs including standard operating procedures, standing orders, in-service training, and various other methods. These programs ensure consistent quality control of medical service. Fire district personnel participate in continuing education programs for both EMTs and Paramedics to assure that personnel are trained to appropriate knowledge and skill levels. SMFD utilizes modern state-of-the-art equipment that meets and often exceeds industry standards. Medical equipment is continually evaluated and updated when appropriate.
Transportation of patients is generally to the nearest medical facilities in Marin County, which are Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae and Kaiser Terra Linda. Southern Marin will also, in some cases, transport patients to medical facilities in San Francisco.
Southern Marin Fire Protection District (SMFD) maintains a daily staffing level of 16 personnel. The District's suppression personnel are divided into three platoons, A, B, and C. Each platoon is commanded by a Battalion Chief who is responsible for 3 stations, Strawberry, Tamalpais Valley, and Sausalito. Personnel are deployed in 3 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, and 1 Rescue Squad. These crews perform fire suppression operations, medical/rescue services, and other hazard mitigation activities, which allow SMFD personnel to carry out the primary mission of protecting the lives and property of our citizens.
Hazardous Materials Response
Southern Marin Fire Protection (SMFD) District has trained all of its line personnel as Hazardous Materials First Responders. This level of training gives firefighters the knowledge to protect the public and themselves at a Hazardous Materials release. To mitigate significant Hazmat incidents, the District contracts with the Marin County Hazardous Materials Team, as do all other departments in Marin County. Personnel from SMFD and various other Marin fire agencies staff this team. We are also a designated Decontamination Unit for incidents in the Southern Marin area.
The District has been proactive in the areas of Homeland Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Fire personnel train regularly on subjects such as recognition and defense for chemical/biological events, Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI), and Mass Victim Decontamination. SMFD was the first fire organization in Marin County to equip personnel with the Mark I Nerve Agent Antidote Kits, and was instrumental in creating a countywide training program for them.
If you have hazardous materials in your home that you need to dispose of, the following information may be of interest to you:
Hazardous Waste Disposal in Marin County
All areas except Novato:
Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
565 Jacoby Street, San Rafael, CA
Residential waste disposal information and a complete description of what can be brought to the facility: (415) 485-6806
Business disposal information and appointments: (415) 485-5648
Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility
operates on an appointment only basis
Residential information and appointment scheduling call: (415) 892-7344
Business information and appointment scheduling call: (415) 892-6395
Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team
The USAR Team is comprised of a forty-eight member staff, each trained at least to the Rescue Systems One Level. The team is considered a "multi-hazard" discipline, since it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters. The team is certified as a "heavy" rescue team by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
Several members are trained as technical specialists, capable of performing confined space rescue, water rescue, physical search and rescue operations in collapsed structures, initial medical stabilization of injured response personnel and trapped victims, hazardous materials categorization, structural hazard evaluation, and stabilization of damaged structures. The team is composed of members from the fire department and department of public works utilizing the strengths and expertise of both agencies.
Southern Marin Fire Protection District currently has three participating members on the county wide USAR Team
USAR's Five Major Functional Elements:
The Marin County USAR team is designed to be totally self-sufficient for the first 48 hours of operation. Specialized equipment includes concrete and steel cutting tools, breaking devices, portable generators, power saws, drills, air bags, lighting, ropes and other technical rescue items. Other equipment carried by the three designated rescue units includes medical supplies, hazardous materials and radiation monitors, protective clothing, victim locating devices, search cameras, water rescue boats, communication equipment, and a laptop computer.
Southern Marin Fire Protection District currently has nine participating members on the county-wide Urban Search and Rescue Team.
USAR Water Rescue
With the lessons learned from previous floods in the County of Marin, and what had happened in other counties with levee systems, it was decided to add a water rescue element to the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team. This component is classified as a Type I Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team (SF SAR Team).
All of the members from the SF SAR Team went to a week long class called Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1 and 2. Further training included inflatable rescue boat operations, personal watercraft operations, technical animal rescue, night river rescue training, and aquatic helicopter rescue training.
Equipment for the team includes: three Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB), three personal watercrafts with attached rescue boards, personal protective equipment for each member, and technical rescue equipment.
Southern Marin Dive Team
The Southern Marin Dive Team is a resource available for water rescue and dive emergencies in the Southern Marin service area. In addition, the team will make every effort to honor the request for mutual aid to other agencies. The SMDT is designed to respond to water emergencies where the probability of victim survival is likely. Nevertheless, the SMDT will attempt to make itself available to law enforcement agencies for body/evidence recovery as well as other water related incidents. The equipment cache is located at Southern Marin Fire Protection District Station 1. Due to the station's close proximity to Richardson Bay, the inflatable rescue boat (IRB-1) with a crew of fully equipped personnel can deploy quickly. The SMDT also has the capability of transporting its personnel, equipment and rescue boat to other waterways as needed.
Public Education seeks to achieve the widest possible dissemination of information relating to fire and other life safety hazards within the community. The Public Education Specialist utilizes all the resources of the department to educate the citizens to accomplish this goal. This concern reflects our departments commitment to be as vitally involved in fire prevention as in fire suppression. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District (SMFD) must have the active cooperation of the community in the prevention of fire and the reduction of fire risks. This combined effort can be accomplished through a mutual interchange of ideas and information.
During Fire Prevention week each year, SMFD personnel visit local schools and children are taught safety programs using the Life Safety Trailer. If your school would like SMFD to visit at any time of year please make an appointment two weeks in advance. Station tours are always welcome at SMFD if scheduled two weeks in advance.
SMFD personnel give instruction on first aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness to the teachers of our local schools.
Arrangement for a speaking engagement at a local homeowners group needs to be made at least one month in advance.
SMFD personnel are the primary instructors for the Southern Marin Community Emergency Response Teams. (CERT)
Southern Marin Fire Protection District conducts a physical fitness program which allows opportunities for its firefighters to improve their physical well being and enhance their personal wellness.
The purpose of the program is to help effectively deal with the physical stress associated with all risk emergency services. In order to do this, firefighters need to know how to attain and maintain a high level of physical fitness. Our physical fitness program does so by providing education and tools to on-line personnel regarding cardiovascular fitness, muscle endurance, muscle strength, flexibility and nutrition.
The program itself helps to contribute to the physical readiness of firefighters while helping to raise awareness of and leading to the ability to live a healthy personal lifestyle for the firefighters.