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Gusty North-Northeastern Winds Return - February 22, 2021

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Increasing winds with stronger gusts are expected Tuesday night over the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills. By Wednesday, the system will drop into Southern Utah and as it strengthens will further increase winds over Coastal California. Strong winds gusts can be expected at higher elevations of the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills on Wednesday, potentially even reaching the Santa Cruz Mountains by Wednesday evening. Winds are expected to be from 20 to 35 mph with gusts from 45 to 55 mph, though locally higher gusts are possible.

As the system moves eastward, winds are forecast to subside Thursday morning. Additional gusty offshore winds possible over the weekend. Drier conditions will be present with these offshore winds, but with recent rains, fire concerns remain low at this time.

Strong wind gusts could cause limbs/trees to topple and result in potential power outages. Temporary outdoor structures (i.e. medical tents) should be secured, especially if on the downwind side of nearby mountains.

If you come across a downed power line, stay away from it and call 911.   In the event of a power outage, information on the outage can be obtained at  (800) 743-5002 and dial 9-1-1.

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Fire Incident Report and Battery Safety - February 22, 2021

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Fire Incident Report:

Over the weekend, a small structure fire occurred in Mill Valley at a 3-story residential home. Southern Marin Fire District, Marin County Fire and Tiburon Fire units were dispatched to the First Alarm Fire and were able to contain the fire to the room of origin.

Due to the quick action of E4 crew and 1583, the fire did not spread to any other part of the home. We are happy to report there were no injuries and the family evacuated safely. Thank you to all our partners for your support.

The cause of fire was determined to be a bag in the closet that had lithium ion batteries. Resident reported flames coming out of the batteries. A further investigation will be determined if needed. Southern Marin Fire District wants to encourage residents to properly recycle their used household batteries, compact fluorescent lamps, and fluorescent tubes.

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Fire Sprinkler Recall - VK457

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If you had a fire sprinkler system installed in your house between January 2013 and March 2015, your fire sprinkler heads may be defective.

To Identify the type of sprinklers you have, look on the deflector plate pictured above and read the sprinkler head type. If labeled VK457, please contact a sprinkler contractor to have them replaced. Also, an easy way to check which type of sprinkler is in your house, locate the spare sprinkler head box which should be located in your garage or storage area, as well as review your fire sprinkler plan.

For settlement information, please visit: https://www.vk457sprinklersettlement.com/

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More Rain Headed Our Way - February 1, 2021

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A cold front is forecast to spread rain from north to south across the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast between midday Monday and late Tuesday. Rainfall rates are forecast to be mostly light to moderate. Rainfall amounts with this system will be considerably less than what fell during the recent atmospheric river event, especially across the south, and so rain is expected to be mostly beneficial. Rain totals at lower elevations, including all urban areas, through late Tuesday are forecast to range from 0.25-1.00”, except locally up to 1.50” in the North Bay Valleys. At higher elevations, rain totals are expected to range from 0.50-1.50” except locally up to 2 inches in the North Bay Mountains. Locally gusty winds will precede the frontal boundary on Monday and Monday night, mainly near the coast and in the hills where gusts up to 40 mph are possible. Showers will taper off on Tuesday night, with a few showers possible across the south into Wednesday.

Remember to:⁠ ⁠

◾Use extra caution & always have your headlights on.

◾Before you depart, check your tires.

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Winter Heater Safety Tips

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Did you know? Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year. Follow these general heating tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.

  • Never use an oven to heat your home.

  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

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Winter Storm Update - January 25, 2021

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A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from January 26, 4:00 PM until January 28, 4:00 PM, and a High Wind Watch is in effect from January 26, 7:00 PM until January 27, 10:00 AM.

A moderate "atmospheric river" will impact the region Tuesday through Thursday bringing prolonged periods of moderate to heavy rain along with gusty south winds. The brunt of the storm is forecast to occur between Tuesday evening through Wednesday.

Impacts from the heavy rains may include rapid ponding of water in urban areas, and low lying areas with poor drainage, as well as slides or wash outs in areas of steep terrain.

Impacts from the high winds include fallen trees and power lines, resulting in widespread power outages are possible and road closures. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. 

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Winter Storm Watch Through End Of January

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Winter storms are coming! A series of storm systems will impact the region through the next several days. The first two systems will bring generally beneficial light to locally moderate rainfall. Roadways will be extra slick after the recent dry stretch. In addition, cooler air accompanying these systems will bring some cold overnight lows (especially Monday night) and lowering snow levels. Light snow accumulations are possible at higher elevations.

A third stronger system arrives mid week next week and will cause an array of hazards. Heavy rainfall accumulation and periods of potentially intense rain rates will likely result in an increased risk of mudslides over steep terrain, debris flow over wildfire burn scars, as well as localized ponding of water in low lying or poorly drained areas, such as freeway ramps.

In addition, gusty winds will accompany the arrival of this storm system which may topple trees or power lines. Here are some primary storm related items to be aware of and quick solutions:

-Debris flow concerns for wildfire burn scars, particularly the CZU and Monterey burn scars. Now is the time to review your to-go bag, evacuation map and stay informed with emergency alerts.

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Smoke and Traffic Advisory - 1/21/21

Per Marin County Sheriff's Office for Thursday, January 21st, 2021:

There may be smoke in the air for approximately 7 hours. Travelers in the Stinson Beach and Bolinas area may see smoke in the air or experience slowing traffic. This is a controlled burn conducted under a burn permit issued by Marin County Fire Department. Do not call 911 to report.

Read more at https://www.marincounty.org/depts/fr

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What To Do When There Is Storm Damage Or Related Outage

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Handling Wind Damage Across PG&E’s Service Area

 

· Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.

 

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Emergency Alerts and Warning Systems Information

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Register To Receive Evacuation Notices & Fire Information

During wildfires, Southern Marin residents should be prepared to monitor multiple sources for fire and life safety information.  Emergency managers will use several methods to distribute fire information: Alert Marin, Nixle, Social Media, local TV and radio, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and NextDoor) are the primary outlets.  Don't neglect to use your own senses - look, listen, and smell for signs of fire and changing conditions!

 

 

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Gusty offshore winds and building waves for MLK Weekend

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The Bay Area and Central Coast will be impacted by high surf and developing offshore winds over the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Winds are expected to pick up on Sunday night with the strongest gusts over the North Bay Mountains and the East Bay Hills. Some higher elevations may experience gusts above 50 mph that night with some windy conditions lingering into Martin Luther King Day. Winds look to weaken into the afternoon but some areas could remain breezy. Winds are set to strengthen again Monday night with a potential for even stronger gusts. There is currently low confidence in the timing of the peak winds but confidence should increase over the coming days. Early season rains have increased fuel moisture lessening the impact of gusty offshore flow. However, one should still remain fire weather aware. The seasonably warm temperatures will likely bring visitors to the beach, but beach goers should use caution as hazardous conditions are expected with building surf, sneaker waves, and increased rip currents Friday and Saturday. If you see a downed power line due to the high winds or experience any emergency, call 9-1-1. Southern Marin Fire District is standing by.

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TAM VALLEY SOUTHERN FUEL BREAK | SECOND PHASE MEETING

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District was awarded a CAL FIRE grant for the Tam Valley Southern Fuel Break. This is a three year project to develop a shaded fuel break along a four mile section of Tamalpais Valley for those homes on property adjacent to open spaces, including National Park Service property. 

 

Our proposed next phase of this project includes Marinview on the border of National Park Service property as well as Forest Way. During this meeting, we reviewed the detailed proposal of the shaded fuel break and residents had the opportunity to ask questions.

 

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January Is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month!

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Research shows that fire fighters are more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer than the general public – a trend that fire service organizations hope to reduce. Southern Marin Fire Protection District, an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) are partnering to deliver targeted education about best practices and resources to prevent and reduce cancer among fire fighters during Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month in January. 

 

The month-long campaign includes safety stand downs, training briefs and a focus on prevention and mitigation, including the scope of the cancer in the fire service, best practices for prevention and skills to help survivors of occupational cancer. 

 

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News Release: Follow-up To Yesterday's Water Rescue

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SAUSALITO, CA (1/7/2021) — The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) responded to a call yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 pm, with CHP H-30, the National Parks Service, and the United States Coast Guard to a report of two surfers who were in distress at Rodeo Beach.

As H-30 arrived at the scene the crew was directed to the north end of the beach where the two surfers had climbed onto the base of the cliff. CHP H-30 lowered a CHP Flight Officer/Paramedic to the scene and hoisted each of the surfers approximately 75 feet to the helicopter. The surfers were flown from the scene and lowered to waiting Southern Marin Fire District paramedics.

Neither surfer was injured during this incident and were released at the scene after being medically evaluated by Southern Marin Fire District Paramedics.

Due to this season's powerful currents and swells, there has been extra activity throughout the central coast for water rescues and sadly too many fatalities. The seas are expected to build throughout the week and continue to produce very dangerous beach conditions.

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Fire Safe Resolutions

Happy New Year 2021

The New Year is upon us, which means time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Why not make improved fire safety one of your resolutions? After all, this is the sort of resolution that will benefit you and your family. Here are a few Fire Safety Resolutions you can make with your friends and family this year.

 

Fire Safety Resolution Number 1: Have a game plan. 

Your plan of action needs to include a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household knows where the proper exits are in case of fire. There should also be a designated place to meet outside the home, in a safe area. 

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King Tides for January 11-12, 2021

High Tides for January 8-14, 2021
Date 	Day	Time	Pred(Ft)	High/Low1/1/2021	Fri	12:17 PM	6.02	H1/8/2021	Fri	6:59 AM	6.19	H1/9/2021	Sat	7:47 AM	6.48	H1/10/2021	Sun	8:35 AM	6.7	H1/11/2021	Mon	9:24 AM	6.81	H1/12/2021	Tue	10:12 AM	6.8	H1/13/2021	Wed	11:00 AM	6.66	H1/14/2021	Thu	11:47 AM	6.4	H1/15/2021	Fri	12:32 PM	6.01	H1/26/2021	Tue	9:21 AM	6.07	H1/27/2021	Wed	10:03 AM	6.21	H1/28/2021	Thu	10:45 AM	6.29	H1/29/2021	Fri	11:27 AM	6.26	H1/30/2021	Sat	12:11 PM	6.09	H

Living near the ocean we get to enjoy the many things that it has to offer, but we also have to deal with the issues it can bring. One of these issues are the occasionally higher than normal tides, sometimes referred to as “King” Tides. However, as opposed to other natural issues, we know when these high tides will occur far in advance. Check out these expected high tides in the coming month that may impact traffic and parking in flood-prone areas, especially during winter weather. Take note so you don’t end up getting wet by surprise.

Community members should be aware of the following High Tides that may impact low-lying areas in Southern Marin:

1/8/2021Fri6:59 AM6.19H
1/9/2021Sat7:47 AM6.48H
1/10/2021Sun8:35 AM6.7H
1/11/2021Mon9:24 AM6.81H
1/12/2021Tue10:12 AM6.8H
1/13/2021Wed11:00 AM6.66H
1/14/2021Thu11:47 AM6.4H

 

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How To Recycle Christmas Trees After the Holidays

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After Christmas, it’s important to get rid of the tree or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Also, bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. 

 

If you have a live tree and are looking to have it composted:

Click here for a list of 2020-21 curbside collection and drop-off options.

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How To Stay Fire-Safe This Holiday Season

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Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

 

Holiday decorating

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

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RSVP To Our Monthly Board Meeting on Wed, 12/16 at 7pm PST

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Join us on December 16th at 7pm, via Zoom for our Monthly Public Board Meeting. Learn what is going on in the District from Southern Marin Fire and our Board of Directors, as well as how your tax dollars are being spent. 


Download December's Board Packet containing the Zoom Link and learn about the 2021 Board Meeting Calendar by visiting our website here.

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Storm Outlook - 2020/21

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Although the Southern Marin Fire Protection District remains hyper focused on seeing fire season through to a safe conclusion, we are also focused on our next season threats.  Evaluating information forecasted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration we are able to develop plans and information to prepare our staff and community for the coming wet season.  

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the North, thanks in part to an ongoing La Nina. Forecasters are also closely monitoring persistent drought during the winter months ahead, with more than 45% of the continental U.S. now experiencing drought.

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Surf Advisory 12/9

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"Sadly we have tragic accidents because people don't understand and appreciate the power of the ocean," said Southern Marin Fire Battalion Chief Matt Bouchard.

Tragedy was averted Tuesday off the Marin Headlands, where 25 foot waves were breaking 16 seconds apart. A mayday call came in, from two people on a jet ski in distress. They had been towing surfers offshore to an area known as the Potato Patch when the tow rope tangled in the jet ski propulsion. Adrift for 90 minutes, they were perilously close to the surf zone when they were spotted and rescued.

As a reminder, there's a surf advisory in place. Please never turn your back to the ocean as these waves are powerful and strong. Remain away from the water and stay off coastal jetties. 

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Tam Valley Southern Fuel Break | First Phase Meeting

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The Southern Marin Fire Protection District was awarded a CAL FIRE grant for the Tam Valley Southern Fuel Break. This is a three year project to develop a shaded fuel break along a four mile section of Tamalpais Valley for those homes on property adjacent to open spaces, including National Park Service property. 

The first phase of this project is planned on the Fernwood Cemetery property adjacent to Tennessee Valley Road and behind homes off Tennessee Glen Way, the east side of Tennessee Valley Road, and Headlands Avenue. 

During this meeting, we will review the overall project and answer any questions regarding the first phase. 

Watch the video here

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Annual Fire Department Toy Drive

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Our Annual Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive is here spreading holiday cheer to deserving children ages 0-18 in our community. This year has been especially hard on families and your donations of new, unwrapped gifts are graciously accepted at one of our firehouses listed below. 

From now until December 18th, please ring the doorbell during business hours of 8am-5pm, and one of our firefighters will be notified you have left a gift in the bin or on the doorstep. Due to Covid-19, we ask you to please protect our firefighters by wearing a mask and adhere to social distant guidelines put forth by the County of Marin and CDC. If you do not feel well, please refrain from dropping off your item and stay at home. 

Thank you to our partners: Sausalito Marin City School District, Mill Valley School District, Tam High Rotary Interact Club, Mill Valley Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Department.

Locations:
Fire Station 1 - 333 Johnson Street, Sausalito
Fire Station 4 - 309 Poplar Ave, Tam Valley
Fire Station 9 - 308 Reed Blvd, Strawberry

Thank you to everyone making this a fire-safe season. Happy Holidays!

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King Tides For December 13-15

King Tides December 11 through December 18

Community members should be aware of the following High Tides that may impact low-lying areas in Southern Marin:

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Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

 

Picking the tree

• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

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Controlled Burn on Marin Open Space 12/2/20

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Marin County Fire Department will be pile burning on Marin County Open Space today from 10am to 2pm. All piles will be extinguished by 2pm.

Date: Dec 2, 2020

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: Overhill at Escalon Fire Gate

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King Tides Are Back This Friday 11/13/20

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Upcoming High Tides

Living near the ocean we get to enjoy the many things that it has to offer, but we also have to deal with the issues it can bring. One of these issues are the occasionally higher than normal tides, sometimes referred to as “King” Tides. However, as opposed to other natural issues, we know when these high tides will occur far in advance.Check out these expected high tides in the coming month that may impact traffic and parking in flood-prone areas, especially during winter weather. Take note so you don’t end up getting wet by surprise.

What causes sea level rise, and what do King Tides have to do with it?

The sea level rise we're experiencing now and will experience in the future is caused by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere acts like a blanket, trapping in heat that would otherwise escape. When we burn fossil fuels, we're adding more carbon dioxide, "thickening the blanket" and warming the planet and ocean. Sea level is rising because land-based glaciers and ice sheets are melting into the ocean and also because water expands in volume when it warms. The amount of sea level rise we will ultimately experience will depend on how quickly we stop burning fossil fuels.

King Tides themselves are not caused by sea level rise, but allow us to experience what higher sea level will be like. King Tides are the highest high tides of the year, about a foot or two higher than average tides, which corresponds to the one to two foot rise in sea level expected during the next few decades. When you observe the King Tides, imagine seeing these tides (and the flooded streets, beaches, and wetlands) every day. Understanding what a King Tide looks like today will help us plan for sea level rise in the future.

Southern Marin Fire District strongly encourages residents in low-lying areas to prepare for all upcoming high tide events.

Please click here for more information on flooding and storm preparedness.

Do You Live in a Flood Zone?

Do you live in a FEMA designated flood zone? Check out the FEMA Flood Map to find out. Or go to the City's Floodplain Management page for more information.

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News Release - Follow-up to This Past Weekend's Demonstrations


 

SAUSALITO, CA (11/2/2020)  — The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) has been made aware of a political demonstration in Sonoma and Marin Counties this weekend. During this demonstration, a non-SMFD, privately-owned fire engine participated in the event. This engine is not associated with the Fire Service in Marin County in any way.

We would also like to assert that participation in these types of political demonstrations do NOT align with our core services and mission. SMFD does not condone, nor tolerate, acts of intimidation or threatening behavior. 

Our mission is to contribute to the greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

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Fall Back - Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn Back the Clocks

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California goes off daylight saving time at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. To mark the occasion, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District recommends that you remember to "turn and test," i.e. test your smoke alarms at the same time that you turn your clocks. This will ensure that you check your smoke alarms at least twice per year, when we "spring forward" and "fall back."

A smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family from smoke and fire injuries, but you must take the time to test it to ensure that it is working properly. A properly functioning smoke alarm doubles your chance of surviving a fire by warning you of a dangerous situation before it is too late.

For minimum coverage, have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, hallways outside every bedroom, and in every sleeping area. You can also add alarms to the top and bottom of all stairways and often-forgotten places such as basements, attics, utility rooms, and garages. 

Almost all smoke alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Most alarms also have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power. Please note that smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. If you purchased your smoke alarms on or before November 2010, it is a good idea to replace them to make sure they are in working condition.

SAFETY TIPS 
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
 
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
 
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
 
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
 
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use 0special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
 
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
 
FACTS
• A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
• Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level. Smoke alarms should
be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. 
• Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.
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Updated Event Info - RED FLAG/PSPS/WIND - Sunday 10/25 Thru Tuesday 10/27

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Extreme fire weather conditions are expected today through Monday as strong winds develop over the region. Now is the time to prepare for wind and wildfire impacts - including power outages. Even if your home is not in the PSPS range, high winds may knock out power in your neighborhood. 
Please take a moment to review and prepare for the forecast conditions and potential impacts listed below.
 
Red Flag Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from October 25, 8:00 PM until Tuesday, October 27 at 5 PM. Forecasters predict a significant offshore wind event, likely the strongest of the year, that will develop over the region on Sunday and peak Sunday night into early Monday morning. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking.  Learn more.
Preparedness Resources
Assemble a "Grab and Go" bag for yourself, your family, and your pets.
High Winds
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from October 25, 4:00 PM until October 26, 11:00 AM. Strong winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Strong winds will have the potential to bring down trees and branches across the region. Any temporary structures such as tents and scaffolding will be compromised.
Public Safety Power Shutoff
PG&E has announced a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff for our area beginning around 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 25 with an estimated restoration date of late Monday, October 26 or early Tuesday October 27. 
 
Community Resource Center Information:
>Old Mill Elementary School
352 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 94941
Date Open: 10/25/2020
Date Closed: To Be Announced
Hours Open:
Sunday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM
Monday: 8:00AM - 10PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - Restoration
Location Type: Outdoor
Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi
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>Marin City Health and Wellness Center
630 Drake Ave, Marin City, 94965
Date Open: 10/25/2020
Date Closed: To Be Announced
Hours Open:
Hours:  3:00PM - 10:00PM
Location Type: Outdoor
Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi
 
Questions? The County of Marin has implemented a new call center to answer your questions about the Marin County PSPS. All calls should be directed to the call center. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 unless you have an emergency. The call center can be reached by calling (415) 473-7191 and pressing 3. The call center will be staffed today (Sunday) from 3:30PM to 10PM. It will reopen tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9:30AM
Preparedness Resources:
Find out how you may be impacted - PG&E PSPS Update Page
Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts
Check out this resource page for all the ways we can get in touch with you with information and updates.
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Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning - What's The Difference?

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Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning -- what's the difference?

 

A Fire Weather Watch is issued several days before an event that may produce critical fire weather conditions.

 

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Emergency Response Drill - Save The Date 11/1

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 10:00 AM  

NRG COMMUNITY EMERGENCY DRILL 

Southern Marin Fire Protection District strongly supports the work of the Tamalpais  Valley Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) Network to organize the community and  strengthen social cohesion in order to improve outcomes in response to disasters and  emergencies such as large-scale earthquakes, wildfires, flooding and even PSPS’s. 

Research shows that preparation and practice are key to increasing resiliency and  surviving emergencies, and that community drills are an essential component this  preparation. 

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Save The Date - Vegetation Management Program 10/19/20

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Paved road clearing consists of trimming tree branches over roadways, limbing up tree branches off of the ground, removing ladder fuels and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks and the clearing of vegetation around fire hydrants. The benefit for this clearing is to allow for a safe and efficient response by emergency personnel. 

The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to a Sausalito  neighborhood soon with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets. The focus of the Vegetation Management Program in your neighborhood includes:
  • Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access
  • Removal of all flammable and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks
  • Evaluation of designated parking spots
  • Clearing of vegetation around fire hydrants
  • Any trees identified as dead or dying will be designated for removal with a red dot.
Please do not pile any vegetation on the roadside for pick up. This project is for street clearing ONLY.

The following streets located in Sausalito are scheduled for vegetation maintenance starting on or around October 19, 2020:
Napa Street
Pine Street
Platt Avenue
Rose Court
Toyon Court
Toyon Lane
Turney Street
Vista Clara Road
Woodward Avenue
Wray Avenue
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Fire Prevention Week - Evacuation Plan

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Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.  
 

Escape Planning Tips:

  • Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® requires interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.
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Join Us For The Great ShakeOut

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The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest Earthquake drill! Each year, on the third Thursday in October (this year it’s October 15th), participants all over the world use this opportunity to practice what they would do in case an earthquake occurred suddenly: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!  

 

Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On?

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

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Fire Prevention Week - Cooking With Kids

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Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up tasty snacks for your friends and family? Preparing yummy treats can be lots of fun, but it's important that kids who like to cook know how to be safe in the kitchen. These tips can help you figure out what you're old enough to do on your own—and when it's time to ask an adult for help.

Getting Started: Before you get cooking, you need to get a grown-up’s permission. If you plan to use a recipe, look it over with a grown-up first to decide what you can do on your own and what you need help with. And once you get started, never be afraid to ask for help. Even the best chefs rely on their assistants to help them out in the kitchen.

Helping Out is Fun: From mixing up cake batter to cutting shapes out of cookie dough, helping out a grownup in the kitchen can be lots of fun. So if you're not old enough yet to cook on your own, not to worry; being the chef's helper is the most important job in the kitchen.

Cooking for All Ages: All kids are different—and a grown-up should always decide what is safe for you to do in the kitchen—but here are some guidelines that you can use.

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Fire Prevention Week - How To Teach Fire Safety

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Parents, Caregivers & Teachers - Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. This year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW) campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Did you know children younger than 5 years old are at the highest risk for burn injuries? Burn injuries in young children most frequently occur from contact burns that result from touching a hot object, such as a stove top or an iron. Young children also experience a high number of burns from hot liquids (scalds), such as hot coffee, soup, or boiling water.

Introduce Fire Prevention Week to students, your family, or your community through fun, interactive lessons and activities for all ages. Here are a few interactive PDF's that are really helpful:
Family Cooking Checklist
Kid-Free Zone Coloring Activity
Home Fire Escape Plan 
Flat Sparky Coloring Sheet
Hot or Not Activity Sheet
Interactive Hot or Not Sorting Sheet
Teacher's 5 Day Lesson Plan
Teacher's Stay Away From Hot Things Guide
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Fire Prevention Week - Cooking Safely Tips

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Did you know, cooking equipment causes 49% of all U.S. home fires, 21% of the home fire deaths, and 45% of the injuries, on average each year. Before you serve a meal, it’s essential to serve up fire safety in the kitchen. There’s nothing like spending time in the kitchen cooking a delicious meal for family and friends or an appetizing treat for yourself. But do you know the important steps to take long before anyone takes the first bite?

Cook with Caution:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

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As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Southern Marin Fire District reminds residents: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

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The Southern Marin Fire District is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about  simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.” 

 The Southern Marin Fire District encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

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Statewide Flex Alert issued from 3 to 10 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020

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The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), has been issued for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. With high temperatures in the forecast, the grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use. Reduced capacity, along with fire activity and heat, has led to a potential shortage of energy supply tomorrow evening, CAISO says.

 

Here are five ways PG&E customers can cut their power use and help keep the lights (and air conditioning) on for everyone:

 

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Fire Report - 9/29

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A team of Southern Marin Firefighters have been dispatched to help fight the spread of the Glass Fire in Northern California. Despite the fire activity, your fire stations remain fully staffed and are prepared to respond to all calls for service throughout Southern Marin.

 

As a reminder, we want to stress the importance of preparing in case of an emergency evacuation. Preparations will make all the difference and NOW is the time to be ready. Here are a few ways to prepare and stay informed:

-Pack your go-bag 

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Event: Southern Marin Town Hall focused on Climate & Fire Preparedness

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Join Senator Mike McGuire, Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber, and Southern Marin Fire Protection District Chief Chris Tubbs on September 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a critical community meeting on our climate and the growing size and scope of California’s wildfires.

 

When: September 30, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Southern Marin Climate & Fire Preparedness Town Hall

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Event: FIRESafe Marin Webinar | Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness

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This month, learn how to organize your local community for fire preparedness! For this free webinar, you'll be joined by John Hansen, FIRESafe Marin Firewise Liaison, and Belle Cole, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority's Ecologically Sound Practices Steering Committee member. Topics will include Marin's participation in Firewise USA and a Marin partnership to maintain landscapes that are both fire-smart and ecologically sound.

 

When: September 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness

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PG&E Launches Portable Battery Program for Income Qualifying Customers

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Program Gives 10,500 Income Qualified Customers Enrolled in Medical Baseline Access to Portable Batteries for Use During PSPS Events 

As fire season is upon us and the uncertainty of the pandemic continues to unfold, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is launching a program to further enhance safety when the power goes out for customers that depend on life saving medical equipment. 

The program is available before, during, and after Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events when PG&E needs to turn off power during severe weather for public safety to prevent wildfires. 

PG&E’s Portable Battery Program (PBP) provides no-cost backup portable batteries for eligible income-qualified customers who live in high fire-threat districts (HFTD) and are enrolled in the Medical Baseline program. Additional eligibility requirements include a reliance on medical equipment that operates on electricity to sustain life. Working in coordination with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), PG&E has identified approximately 10,500 customers who could qualify for this program. 

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Public Safety Power Shutoff Notifications- Here's What You Need To Know

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New This Year - Detailed PSPS Notifications to Customers with New Watch and Warning Notifications

 

As Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to improve vital safety communications for customers that will be used before turning off power to prevent wildfires during severe weather, the company has enhanced its notifications to provide more detail about when power is expected to go out, when it may be restored and where customers can go to find additional information. 

 

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Ways To Protect Your Home During Wildfire Season

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Time to prepare your home for wildfire season. Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Vlley Fire Department have been performing defensible inspections, and based on more extreme fire incidents we are asking residents to do more than in the past. Together, we will work to protect your homes and keep our community safe.
Here are a few ways to protect your home:
1) Cut Dry Grass and Brush - cut your dry grass and brush back 19ft from roads, driveways, and your neighbors' property line, 30ft from your home, and up to 150ft if your home is affected by steep slopes.
2) Trim Back Branches - remove branches that are smaller than three inches in diameter that are within 10ft of the structure's roof or chimney.
3) Clear Out Dead Debris - clean out any build-up of dead leaves or pine needles from gutters, decks, roofs, and exterior stairways. Maintain the clearing throughout wildfire season.
4) Remove Dead Vegetation - remove all dead vegetation from the property, including leaves and tree droppings, grasses, bushes, shrubs, and trees. Please remove dead vegetation from within bushes, shrubs, and trees.
5) Limb Up Trees - limb up trees by cutting low hanging branches 10ft from the ground and cutting branches from other trees and shrubs to create adequate spacing.
6) Make Your Address Visible - ensure your address numbers are clearly visible from the road. Placards with contrasting bright color and reflective font. To order a placard, please visit www.smfd.org
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Spare The Air Alert from 9/14 - 9/16

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⚠️Spare The Air Alert is in effect until Wednesday, 16th due to the smoke particles in the air which will continue to cause unhealthy air quality conditions. Please take these precautions throughout the next few days:

1) Stay inside with your windows shut.

2) Limit outdoor activity but if you leave, wear a mask.

3) Be prepared for an evacuation by preparing your emergency kit.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SAFETY STAND DOWN: PART 5

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In the old days, firefighters' coping methods after a heartbreaking or difficult call were gallows humor, denial and alcohol. The overwhelming evidence is clear: Those strategies don't work for everyone.  

Firefighters feel most comfortable talking with their peers -- individuals who share their experiences. That makes the firehouse the perfect place to engage in injury prevention. 

If someone opens up at the kitchen table about a bad call or a difficult experience, don't shout them down. Help them down. And don't be afraid to relate your own experiences and concerns.

Knowing that they're not alone can be the best thing for a brother or sister at risk. 

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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SAFETY STAND DOWN: PART 4

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If someone you know is in crisis, it's important to know how they can find help. Resources are available, either through your department or through resources geared toward the needs of front line firefighters:

  • Peer support

  • Suicide intervention

  • Employee Assistance Programs

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Marin Air Quality Impacted By California Fires - 9/9/20

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Ominous orange skies are looming over Southern Marin. SMFD is here to remind you that due to the heavy smoke and falling ash from several of the California fires, please take note of these safety reminders:

-Stay indoors to avoid breathing the air.

-Wear a mask if you leave your home.

-Drive with your headlights on, slow down, and avoid distractions.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 3

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The COVID-19 outbreak has introduced a new and unsettling anxiety to an already stressful and demanding job. Here are some good steps to maintain good mental health:

-Get enough sleep (recommend meditation and sleeping apps)

-Participate in regular physical activity 

-Eat healthy 

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 2

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If one of your fellow firefighters went down in the middle of an active fire, you'd go in to get them out, right? So why not help get them out of an emotional injury?

It starts with awareness. If you see the warning signs of a fellow firefighter  in distress, letting it go shouldn't be an option.

-Be direct: Be proactive and approach someone when you've seen them exhibiting some of the warning signs or appear to be in crisis.

-Listen: Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment, if it appears they are in crisis, do not leave them alone.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down: Part 1

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Since firefighters spend long shifts together -- either on the lines or in the station -- they have a special view when one of their brothers or sisters is having trouble. Here are some common signs and symptoms of someone who may be struggling:

-Changes in eating habits such as overeating or a loss of appetite

-Overly worried, even about smaller thing

-Inability to concentrate, memory recall issues, or the inability to think clearly

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down Week: September 7-11, 2020

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September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and it is critical, now more than ever, to bring awareness that Southern Marin Fire District is participating along side fellow California fire stations in the Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down. During the week of September 7th through September 11th fire agencies across the state will be setting aside time to conduct exercises and initiate the conversation on mental wellness. 

A firefighter you know could be suffering in silence and your participation in the Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down could save a life.  It’s time we break the stigma, together. 

Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing a 5-part series from September 7th through 11th in hope to bring suicide awareness to focus. Internally, SMFD will discuss the impact of the job, how to give and get help, and where to go for resources. Together we can help end the stigma that our brothers and sisters are not alone.

Here are a few different key topics that will be discussed:

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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.

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Tel: (415) 388-8182
Fax: (415) 388-8181

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