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Ross Valley Fire News

News from Ross Valley Fire Department, serving Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, and Sleepy Hollow in Marin county, CA.

It's Fire Season: Do You Have Defensible Space?

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.   Defensible space will slow or stop the spread of wildfire and protect your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat.  Defensible space is also important to help protect firefighters when they are defending your home.  Your home may be the most valuable investment you ever make. If you live in a high-risk fire hazard area, protect against the chance of...
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Fairfax Chipper Days 2017

Fairfax residents may drop off their brush at the following locations in their neighborhood, tomake it more convenient.  The following events are scheduled throughout the summer months. If you are unable to make it to the event in your area, you may bring your brush to any of the locations listed below. The Fairfax "Free Chipper Days 2017" are sponsored by the Town of Fairfax in cooperation with Ross Valley Fire Department, Marin Sanitary Service, and FIRESafe MARIN. Reduce fire danger in Fairfax and help make our neighborhoods safer! Locations and Dates Cascade Neighborhood: Doc Edgar Park Saturday, July 22nd 9 a.m. – 3 p.m...
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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2017

  NEXT CHIPPER DAY: July 1-2 (Curbside Pick-Up) Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct four chipper days (weekends) in 2017!   Clean up your property to create defensible space and bring us your cut material - we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only. 2017 CHIPPER DAY SCHEDULE COMPLETE: May 5 & 6, 2017 DROP-OFF ONLY Time(s): 10AM-2PM (May 5) 9AM-3PM (May 6) Location: End of Butterfield Rd. No registration required   July 1-2, 2017 Curbside Pick-Up Time: 9AM-4PM Location: At the curbside in front of your...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Rescue Family Trapped by Mudslide

Ross Valley Firefighters Rescue Family Trapped by Mudslide
FAIRFAX, CA – Firefighters rescued a Fairfax family Tuesday evening (January 10, 2017) after a mudslide and fallen tree trapped them inside their house during a heavy storm. Firefighters from Ross Valley Fire Departmentand Marin County Fire Department rescued two children and their grandparents from a home on the 300 block of Olema Road in Fairfax.  There were no injuries. A gas line rupture caused by equipment clearing a debris slide in the same area blocked Sir Francis Drake Blvd for several hours Tuesday night.
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Flood Warning Horns and Sirens: San Anselmo and Fairfax

San Anselmo Flood Horn The Town of San Anselmo operates a Flood Warning Horn, located in the Town Hall tower.  The horn is audible from most areas subject to flooding.  The horn is sounded when flooding is imminent.  Town staff will sound the horn with 5 blasts, a pause, 5 blasts, a pause and 5 blasts.  If you hear the flood horn, move away flood prone areas.  Seek higher ground. Fairfax Flood Siren The Town of Fairfax maintains a Flood Warning Siren.  Protocol is to sound the flood siren when flooding is imminent, based on evaluation by town and emergency personnel....
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Tamarancho Vegetation Fire: 9/18/2016

Tamarancho Vegetation Fire: 9/18/2016
Ross Valley Fire Department assisted Marin County Fire Department to quickly contain a vegetation fire in the area of Camp Tamarancho west of Fairfax Sunday, September 18th.  The 1.8 acre fire was reported at 4:50 PM, and burned in a remote area near White's Hill in Fairfax.  The fire was contained by ground firefighting resources including engine companies and hand crews, with the assistance of aircraft from CAL FIRE.  No structures were damaged.   As the Ross Valley enters the peak of fire season, this is a great opportunity to make sure that your home has adequate defensible space.  For more...
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9/11 Memorial Information

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 0659am, the Marin County Sheriff Communications Center will ring down all fire stations in Marin with a special message, and bells, with honor and respect of the 15th anniversary of 9/11/01.Please join us in front of our headquarters station, 777 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, at6:55am, as we pay tribute to those fallen on 9/11. We will be standing next to our 9/11 Memorial, fronting Fire Station 19, which is a piece of steel from the Twin Towers that we received and dedicated on 9/11/11. As the sun rises on this 15th Anniversary of 9/11, many of us...
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Temporary Counter Hours for Fire Inspector

Fire_Inspector_Counter_Hours_0816.pdf Beginning Monday, August 22, 2016, there will be counter hours for the Fire Inspector.  They will be Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am to 11:00am.  You can still contact the Fire Inspector to schedule an appointment to discuss a specific project or plan by contacting him directly at 415-258-4673 or via email:  rbastianon@rossvalleyfire.org or prevention@rossvalleyfire.org.
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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days: September 7 & 8

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct door to door, curbside pick-up chipper days September 7 and 8, 2016.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only. Date(s): September 7 & 8, 2016 Time: 9AM-5PM Location: At the curbside in front of your home. For questions about the chipping service, please contact toddlando@firesafemarin.org. Summer Chipper Days Register online (see below)!   Chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection...
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Fairfax Free Chipper Days Start Saturday!

Fairfax Free Chipper Days Start Saturday!
The Town of Fairfax, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will host Chipper Days for green waste collection at several sites throughout the town. Fairfax residents (only) may drop off their brush at the following locations: CHIPPER DAY DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Scenic neighborhood Olema Rd & Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Saturday, August 6 from 9 am– 3 pm Jolly Hill neighborhood Pavilion parking lot Saturday, August 13 from 9 am - 3 pm Cascade neighborhood Doc Edgar Park Saturday, September 10 from 9 am – 3 pm Deer Park neighborhood Deer Park parking lot Saturday, September 24 from 9 am - 3pm Instructions...
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Join us on National Night Out - August 2, 2016

Join us on National Night Out - August 2, 2016
Hope you can join us at this fun event!  On Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, people all over the Unites States will observe the 33rd annual National Night Out (NNO). This program was created by the National Association of Town Watch to make a statement against crime throughout the country. Initially the primary purpose of National Night Out was to get neighbors to leave their front porch lights on, showing their support of their local police departments in the fight against crime.  Last year, 38.3 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories,...
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Structure Fire - Fairfax - 07/03/2016

Structure Fire - Fairfax - 07/03/2016
MEDIA RELEASE - STRUCTURE FIRE EMERGENCY INFORMATION Date: July 3, 2016   Time of Occurrence: 19:37 hrs Nature of Incident: Structure Fire Location:  224 Ridgeway Ave, Fairfax Number of Units Responding/ Covering Stations:  8 Engines, 2 ALS Medic Units, 3 Battalion Chiefs                                        Personnel Responding: 27 Other Agencies Involved:  Marin County Fire, San Rafael Fire, Kentfield Fire Estimated Dollar Loss:  $600,000 structure (estimate) Time of Control: 20:55 hrs Injuries: No injuries Cause:  Accidental (spontaneous combustion of oily rags - linseed oil) Narrative:  Ross Valley Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located at 224 Ridgeway Road, Fairfax. Fire engines reported...
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Homeowner Safety Tips - Using stains and oils

The recent, destructive fire in Fairfax emphasizes the potential hazards of improperly using and disposing of oil and stain soaked rags.  Spontaneous combustion fires can occur quickly and cause extensive damage to a home.  It is important to remember to properly dispose of the used rags. The most common type of Spontaneous Combustion fires are those caused by improperly disposed of oil and stain soaked rags. Examples of these products are oil- based paints and stains, teak and linseed oils, varnishes and polyurethane, paint thinners, etc. Spontaneous combustion of oily rags occurs when rag or cloth is slowly heated to its...
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Fairfax Free Chipper Days Scheduled for August and September

Fairfax Free Chipper Days Scheduled for August and September
The Town of Fairfax and Ross Valley Fire Department will host Chipper Days for green waste collection at decentralized sites throughout the town. Residents will be able to drop off their brush at the following locations: CHIPPER DAY DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Scenic neighborhood Olema Rd & Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Saturday, August 6 from 9 am– 3 pm Jolly Hill neighborhood Pavilion parking lot Saturday, August 13 from 9 am - 3 pm Cascade neighborhood Doc Edgar Park Saturday, September 10 from 9 am – 3 pm Deer Park neighborhood Deer Park parking lot* Saturday, September 24 from 9 am - 3pm *Site pending...
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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Day This Sunday, June 5!

Sleepy Hollow Chipper Day This Sunday, June 5!
DROP OFF ONLY AT END OF BUTTERFIELD ROAD! Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) Sunday, June 5, 2016.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.  Fairfax, San Anselmo, and Ross will host Chipper Days later this summer and fall.  Check back soon for details! Date: June 5, 2016 Time: 9AM-3PM Location: At the end...
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Ross Valley Fire Department partners with the American Red Cross in a successful Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (HFPC)

Ross Valley Fire Department partners with the American Red Cross in a successful Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (HFPC)
The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign (HFPC) Program provides no-cost smoke alarms and important home fire safety education to residents of vulnerable communities as part of a nation-wide effort to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25% in the next 5 years. Since its start in 2014, the HFPC has been credited with saving 77 lives across the United States and, in the Bay Area alone, have served over 2,500 residents. Locally, the Red Cross works with fire departments towards this goal by organizing quarterly HFPC Events during which teams of volunteers canvas a target neighborhood offering...
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Ross Valley Receives Upgraded Class 2 ISO Public Protection Classification

Ross Valley Fire Department recently achieved an improved Class 2 Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC)! What is an ISO Classification? The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is an independent organization that collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their fire suppression capabilities. The data is analyzed using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and then given a Public Protection Classification (PPC) of 1-10. Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, where as a Class 10 indicates that the community’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.  ISO evaluates four major areas: fire department effectiveness, emergency communications systems, water supply, and...
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Ross Valley Fire Explorers Attend Academy

Ross Valley Fire Department personnel and Explorer Crishten Leon, attended the 2106 Explorer Academy in Oxnard California.  Professional Firefighters from all over California, as well as firefighters from Las Vegas, provided hands on and class room training.  These activities include: Auto Extrication, Wildland Firefighting, Flammable Liquids Firefighting, Structure Firefighting, as well as Technical Rescue. 
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FREE Firewise Workshop: Saturday June 11, 2016

All Ross Valley and Marin county residents are invited to attend a free, one-day seminar providing an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions you can take to protect your home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.   This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires (hint: if you live in the Ross Valley, or anywhere in Marin).  Taught by a recognized national authority on...
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Captain Gavin Illingworth Receives the 2016 "William H. Spurgeon III Award"

Captain Gavin Illingworth Receives the 2016 "William H. Spurgeon III Award"
On March 14, 2014 Ross Valley Fire Department Captain Gavin Illingworth was awarded the 2016 "William H. Spurgeon III Award."  The award, which was developed in 1971, is the highest recognition for individuals and/or an organization contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Throughout his career, Gavin Illingworth, has dedicated and provided countless hours of mentoring, developing, coaching, and supporting youth in Marin County that are interested in the Fire Service. Gavin has created a legacy of excellence associated within the Ross Valley Fire Department's Fire Exploring Program. He has managed the Explorer Program in partnership with others, mentored many young Fire Explorers, attended and organized countless training exercises, and...
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Ross Valley Firefighters to "Fill the Boot" to Help Fight Neuromuscular Disease!

Ross Valley firefighters will "Fill The Boot" for MDA April 25 at "the Hub!"  Help us help local families fighting neuromuscular disease! Y ou can drop a donation into our boots at "the Hub" or at any one of our other roadside locations.  We need your help to break our record and help more families than ever in 2016! LOCATIONS & DATES:Sunday April 24th Tiburon (Main St. at Tiburon Blvd.) 9am-3pmSausalito (Bridgeway at Princess) 9am-3pmNovato (Rowland Blvd. at Rowland Way & Vintage Way) 10am-3pm Monday April 25th San Anselmo (The Hub) 8am-1pmSan Rafael (Grand St. at 3rd & 2nd St.) 8am-1pm
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C.E.R.T Training for Ross Valley Residents

Ross Valley CERT Training When: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Where College of Marin, 835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904 (map) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a national program, now part of Citizens Corp under FEMA.  CERTs are volunteers who have gone through a training process that enables them to participate in the public safety response in a community following a large scale emergency or disaster. Be a good neighbor and become an emergency volunteer and a Disaster Service Worker. It takes 18 hours and costs only $45.00. This CERT class is two sessions in one weekend.  Session...
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Demonstration Garden - Volunteer Work Days

Demonstration Garden - Volunteer Work Days
The UC Marin Master Gardeners and the Ross Valley Fire Department are creating a Community Demonstration Garden that will demonstrate the use of drought tolerant California Native plants to create a fire resistant habitat. The garden is replacing the front lawn area at RVFD Station 20 on Butterfield Road. We have scheduled a series of volunteer work days to give members of the community an opportunity to get involved in this project. Come on by to lend a hand, meet the Marin Master Gardener volunteers, and learn about gardening and creating habitat with California native drought tolerant and fire resistive plants. The month of March we will...
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Creek Gauge Installed on Sleepy Hollow Creek

Creek Gauge Installed on Sleepy Hollow Creek
A creek level gauge has been installed on Sleepy Hollow Creek at Fire Station 20, 150 Butterfield Road.  This gauge, like the ones at Fairfax Fire Station 21 and downtown San Anselmo, provides supplemental data regarding runoff and creek flow. This data is made available to the public on the Ross Valley Fire Department "Creek Levels and Weather" web-page.  Sleepy Hollow Creek is a significant tributary of San Anselmo Creek, and is the primary source of water for several neighborhoods that experience flooding duiring significant runoff events, including Sleepy Hollow, the Alameda, and the Morningside neighborhood. The data and information on...
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RVFD Builds Community Demonstration Garden at Station 20

RVFD Builds Community Demonstration Garden at Station 20
Ross Valley Fire Department is working along with volunteers from the Marin Master Gardeners to design, establish and maintain a community demonstration garden to replace the lawn at Fire Station 20, 150 Butterfield Road. You may have noticed that during the past few drought ridden summers the front lawn has died and turned into a large weed patch. Our new garden will consist of drought tolerant plants, showcasing both California natives and fire resistive plants - providing the community with ideas and the knowledge to transform their own home gardens into low water and/or fire resistive design.  Not only will the...
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Hoverboard Safety Information.

Hoverboard Safety Information.
As many of you may have seen, there have been issues with the battery chargers on the new Hoverboards.  Below, you will see some safety information from the National Fire Prevention Association.  Please follow these tips.   In addition, recently there have been two fires in Sonoma County that resulted in damage to homes that were caused by Hoverboards being plugged in, charging. One caused major damage to the home, while the other caused extensive smoke damage throughout the home. Download this hoverboard safety flyer for more information.
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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire at Fairfax Hot Tub Spa

Ross Valley Firefighters, assisted by Kentfield Fire Protection District and Marin COunty Fire Department quickly extinguished a Sunday night fire at a Fairfax Hot Tub Spa The fire was reported at Frogs, 10 School St. Plaza, at 7:37 p.m., forcing evacuations of nearby businesses.  Firefighters attacked the fire aggressively, controlling it at 7:53 pm. Damage is estimated at $60,000, and the cause is under investigation. Upon arrival, Ross Valley firefighters found heavy fire conditions at the rear of the complex.  Their quick action limited damage to an exterior spa suite, a utility shed and spa equipment, before the fire spread to...
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Firefighters Rescue Woman, Dog in Kentfield Apartment Fire

Firefighters Rescue Woman, Dog in Kentfield Apartment Fire
Ross Valley Firefighter Mike Guttierez rescues dog from burning apartment, above. June 3, 2015, Kentfield, CA.  Firefighters rescued a woman from her balcony at an apartment complex fire this morning in Kentfield.Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman says the apartment where the rescued woman lives was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Firefighters say there were no reports of serious injury, but 12 people were displaced. One woman suffered smoke inhalation said Pittman. The apartments are located on Kent Avenue near Hillside Avenue. The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. It was contained about an hour later. A small stretch of Kent Avenue will...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Host Burn Foundation Benefit, Donate $500

Ross Valley Firefighters Host Burn Foundation Benefit, Donate $500
Ross Valley Firefighters participated in the annual Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation "Burn Relay" May 28.  This annual fundraising parade of antique and modern emergency vehicles began at Southern Marin Fire Station 1 in Sausalito and arrived in San Anselmo later that morning.   After receiving a $500 donation from Ross Valley Firefighters, the relay continued through the North Bay, eventually ending in a grand finale at Healdsburg Fire Department in Sonoma County. Watch a video clip, here...  
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Fairfax Chipper Days: June - September

Fairfax Chipper Days: June - September
Fairfax residents in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) are required by law to clear 100' of "Defensible Space" around their homes. To help dispose of the large amounts of cut materials, Town of Fairfax, Fairfax Volunteers, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will sponsor four scheduled chipper days June - September, 2015.  This is a community drop off at a central location (see schedule, below).  Chipper Day - Cascade Neighborhood When: Sat, June 27, 9am – 3pm Where: Doc Edgar Park (map) Scenic Neighborhood Chipper Day When: Sat, July 11, 9am – 3pm Where: Olema Rd & Sir Francis Drake BL (map) Jolly Hill Neighborhood Chipper Day When: Sat, August...
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Sleepy Hollow Fire District Hosts Free Chipper Days in June

As we enter wildfire season, Sleepy Hollow residents are required by law to clear 100' of "Defensible Space" around their homes. To help dispose of the large amounts of cut materials, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District will hold four scheduled chipper days in June 2015 (June 13, 14, 20, 21). Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc). This free green-waste disposal is available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only. If you live outside of the district, please inquire at www.firesafemarin.org for upcoming chipper days at...
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Fire Engine Relay to Benefit Burn Survivors Arrives In San Anselmo Thursday

Fire Engine Relay to Benefit Burn Survivors Arrives In San Anselmo Thursday

Ross Valley Firefighters and local fire agencies host annual event to benefit burn survivors.  

Fire Engine Procession to arrive in San Anselmo Thursday, May 28 at approx. 10:45am.

North Bay fire departments, members of emergency response agencies and California Highway Patrol will rev up and roll through Sonoma and Marin County on Thursday, May 28th for the 18th Annual North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF).

This annual fundraising parade of antique and modern emergency vehicles will kick off at Southern Marin Fire Station 1 located in Sausalito (333 Johnson Street), arriving in San Anselmo at 10:45 (approximately), then make its way through the North Bay starting in Marin County and ending in Sonoma County. The North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay will end in a grand finale at Healdsburg Fire Department (601 Healdsburg Ave).

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Updated Fee Schedule Published

Ross Valley Fire Department announces changes to Fee Schedule and Fees. San Anselmo, CA ~~ At the February 11, 2015 Fire Board meeting, the Ross Valley Fire Department Board of Directors approved an increase to the Fee Schedule and fees that are charged by Ross Valley Fire Department. The fee schedule for the Department had not been updated nor revised since 2006. Over the past several months, Department staff developed a Fee Study by contacting neighboring fire departments and determining the most common methods for calculating fee and permit costs.  Department staff concluded that calculating the actual cost for each available...
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Creek Levels, Creek Cams, Weather Information

Creek Levels, Creek Cams, Weather Information
In conjunction with the Ross Valley Fire Department, the towns of Ross, San Anselmo, and Fairfax have installed and implemented creek level monitoring systems and weather stations.  New for winter 2014/15 are creek cameras monitoring Sleepy Hollow Creek (at Fire Station 20, 150 Butterfield Road) and Fairfax Creek (at Town Hall).  We post real-time data to our website for public informational use only.  During severe weather events, this page sees tremendous traffic.  Visit our Creek Levels and Weather page, or use the links in this newsletter to view the resources directly. Corte Madera Creek at Ross Corte Madera Creek Depth Gauge...
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2015 CPR Class Schedule

Ross Valley Fire Department offers CPR classes to the public. The course is the “HeartSaver CPR” from the American Heart Association. Students will learn how to perform CPR and how to relieve airway obstructions or choking in adults, children and infants. The class is geared for non-health care professionals who want to be ready in case of an emergency.  This class is not for healthcare professionals. Classes are held at the Ross Valley Fire Department, Fairfax Fire Station 21 located at 10 Park Road, Fairfax (corner of Park and Bolinas Roads). All classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and last for approximately 5 hours. The...
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Winter Storm: Flash Flood and High Wind Warning

SEVERE WEATHER ADVISORY: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning and High Wind Warning for Wednesday and Thursday.  Forecasters predict heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds developing late Wednesday, continuing through Friday.  North Bay rainfall could exceed 5 inches on the windward side of the coast range, with 3-5 inches of rain locally.  Heavy rain should be expected Thursday night as well.  Possible impacts include flooding, fallen limbs and trees, power lines down, mudslides, and traffic impacts. Ross Valley Fire Depatment strongly encourages businesses and residents to prepare for the upcoming storm. The following lists potential issues and resources...
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2014 Toy Drive: Drop Off Toys by December 18 to Help a Local Child!

2014 Toy Drive: Drop Off Toys by December 18 to Help a Local Child!
Each year, many children who reside in the Ross Valley, will have a less-than-merry holiday season because their families have fallen upon hard times.  If you would like to help a local child in need, please bring an unwrapped gift to any Ross Valley Fire Station no later than December 18. Download the Toy Drive Flyer
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Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Detector

Daylight Savings Time ended at 2:00am on Sunday November 2, 2014.  When you change your clock, change smoke detector. Install a sealed-in lithium battery detector. Starting July 1, 2013, any battery-powered smoke alarm or combination (smoke and carbon monoxide) alarm approved for sale by the state fire marshal must be powered by a sealed, 10-year battery. Smoke detectors do save lives. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. Test your smoke alarms every month. When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside, call 911 and stay outside. Replace all smoke alarms in your...
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CERT Class November 8 & 15: Sign Up Today!

CERT Class November 8 & 15: Sign Up Today!
Be prepared when disaster strikes! Sign up now for upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training November 8 & 15, 2014 In the event of a large scale emergency, the limited number of first responders in your community may be overwhelmed.  It is critical for citizens to be prepared to take care of themselves, their neighbors, and their community for at least 3 days (preferably 5-7).  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a national program to train citizens to help fill the gap that may occur between a disaster or emergency and the arrival of professional responders.  The cost is $45,...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Assist with San Geronimo Wildfire

Ross Valley Firefighters Assist with San Geronimo Wildfire
San Geronimo, CA – One of Marin County’s largest redwood groves was charred by a wildfire Tuesday near San Geronimo, but Marin County Fire Department crews were aided by cool and foggy weather. By 4:45 p.m., the fire in Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve just east of Nicasio Valley Road was estimated at four acres and was 90 percent contained. At the height of the fire, temperatures in the area were in the mid-50s with wind gusts up to 19 mph.  Fire Marshal Scott Alber said the fire appeared to be human-caused, although it’s too early to determine if it was accidental or intentional. A full investigation...
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Ross Valley Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN Partner on Chipper to Reduce Wildfire Hazard

Ross Valley Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN Partner on Chipper to Reduce Wildfire Hazard
Ross Valley Fire Department received delivery of a new Vermeer 1000XL Chipper Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  Purchased in partnership with FIRESafe MARIN, the chipper will support hazardous vegetation removal, with an immediate emphasis on reducing fuels and reducing wildfire threat in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI).   Ross Valley Fire Department firefighters received training, and will operate the chipper in support of vegetation management programs available to all residents of San Anselmo, Fairfax, Ross, and Sleepy Hollow.  Residents of all Marin communities will have access to this chipper through FIRESafe MARIN's Chipper Program beginning immediately during the 2014 fire season. A specialized chipper...
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September 11, 2014: San Anselmo Memorial and Moment of Silence

Please join us on Thursday morning 9/11/14 at 6:55am to observe a minute of silence to remember those lost on 9/11/01. We will gather around our memorial to the 9/11 victims located in front of our fire station at 777 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. MOMENT OF SILENCE WITH BELLS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 6:58 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, September 11 Memorial, Fire Station 19, 777 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA “Signal 5-5-5-5 is a tradition deeply rooted in the history of the Fire Department of New York...  These bells honor the 343 FDNY Firefighters who answered their last alarm and made the ultimate...
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Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, September 28

Ross Valley Fire Department will host our annual firefighter's pancake breakfast on Sunday, September 28, from 7:00am to 11:00am at Ross Valley Fire Station 19, 777 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  Bring your whole family and enjoy a great breakfast cooked and served by our firefighters, as well as fun activities for kids.
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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Day: August 24, 2014

Sleepy Hollow Chipper Day: August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will sponsor a “Chipper Day” for all residents of Sleepy Hollow.  To participate, you must sign up through our SHFPD's new website at www.shfpd.org/chipper-request.  Chipper crews will visit your property and dispose of cut vegetation at no cost. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE CHIPPING! 1. Create Defensible Space (it's the law!) Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents should have received a printed copy by mail in early August, 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here...  This...
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Wildland Fire Safety Tips – Create your Defensible Space Zone!

Wildland Fire Safety Tips – Create your Defensible Space Zone!
Ross Valley Fire Department wants to remind you that the fire season is here.  With the current drought situation, it is a good time to evaluate your property and make it a “Defensible Space” against the threat of wildfires. Ross Valley Fire Department asks that all homeowners create “Defensible Space” around their homes.  This area should be a minimum of 100 feet of clearance around your home (or up to your property line).  The Defensible Space area is the area where you’ve modified the landscaping to give your house the best chance to survive on its own – greatly improving the...
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Marin IJ: "Burning of San Anselmo seminary buildings provides teachable moment for firefighters"

Marin IJ: "Burning of San Anselmo seminary buildings provides teachable moment for firefighters"
The Marin Independent Journal covers Ross Valley Fire Department's training burns at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, June and July 2014. "The developer in charge of the San Francisco Theological Seminary's building plan has found an economical way of getting rid of four old buildings: have the Ross Valley Fire Department burn them down. This week and next, the fire department is using the buildings at 25 and 30 Kensington Road and 108 and 130 Bolinas Ave. as flammable classrooms for young firefighters. Once the buildings are out of the way, construction of nine new homes for seminary faculty and staff,...
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Fire Burning In 3-Story Apartment Building In San Anselmo

  From: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fire-Burning-In-3-Story-Apartment-Building-In-San-Anselmo-260544391.htmlBy Bay City News  Saturday, May 24, 2014  |  Updated 12:40 PM PDT     Firefighters are working to put out a stubborn fire inside the walls and floors of a San Anselmo apartment building Saturday morning, the fire chief of the Ross Valley Fire Department said. The fire is burning in a three-story apartment building in the 700 block of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fire Chief Mark Mills said. Motorists have been advised by Central Marin police to avoid the area since 10:15 a.m. Mills said the fire started in a debris pile outside the building and migrated inside, traveling...
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Ross Valley Firefighters to Conduct Live Fire Training in Seminary Neighborhood May 27–29 and June 2–5

Ross Valley Fire Department has been given the opportunity to conduct live fire training exercises at 25 and 30 Kensington Court/Road in San Anselmo May 27 – 29 and June 2 – 5.  The San Francisco Theological Seminary, along with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, has granted the department permission to conduct live fire training inside several structures slated for demolition.   This opportunity provides our paid and volunteer firefighters a rare chance to create realistic, practical training exercises which accurately replicate true emergency situations. If you see or smell smoke in the Seminary area during these days, please do...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Dispatched to San Diego County Wildfires

Ross Valley firefighters, along with hundreds of others from throughout Marin and California, are working to contain several fires in San Diego County after being dispatched May 17.  California Office of Emergency Services fire engines from ross valley, San Rafael, and Kentfield made the trip to the San Diego area as part of a "strike team" with engines and crews from El Cerrito and the San Francisco fire departments. Personnel from Ross Valley include Capt. Scott Porter, engineer Michael Gutierrez, firefighter Jesse Olivatti and engineer Justin Hanson. There were four separate wildfires burning in San Diego County on Friday, spanning nearly 8,000 acres, forcing...
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National Arson Awareness Week: May 4-10, 2014

Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and our partners work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson. Vehicle arson motivations and prevention tips Learn about the most common motives for setting vehicle fires and tips you can share with your community to prevent vehicle arson. Vehicle fire investigative hints and successful practices Investigating a vehicle arson can be difficult. Read about three successful local program initiatives and hints that can help when you're investigating...
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National Day of Action: April 30, 2014

We invite you to register your participation in America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide campaign to improve the Nation’s resilience. This National Day of Action takes place on April 30, 2014. By registering your participation in the first National Day of Action, you help build a stronger and more resilient Nation. Learn your risks and what to do before a Tornado, Wildfire, Flood, or Hurricane strikes your community.  Learn the actions to take on how to prepare your family, community, and business. You will have access to these preparedness resources and more that can be customized to fit your needs: “How To” Guides  Preparedness...
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Board of Directors Selects New Fire Chief

PRESS RELEASE.  For immediate release: The Ross Valley Fire Department Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Mark Mills as the new Ross Valley Fire Department Chief. Mills will replace long-time Fire Chief Roger Meagor, who retired in December. Currently the Assistant Fire Chief of the Big Bear Fire Department, Mills is a 27-year veteran of the fire service. He began his career in firefighting in Newberry, South Carolina and has been with the Big Bear Fire Department since 2006.  Mills has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration Degree.  He...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Toy Donation Drive

Ross Valley Firefighters Toy Donation Drive
Each year, many children who reside in the Ross Valley, will have a less-than-merry holiday season because their families have fallen upon hard times.  If you would like to help a local child in need, please bring an unwrapped gift to any Ross Valley Fire Station no later than December 18. Toy-Drive-Flyer-2013.pdf
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Freeze Warning: December 4, 2013

Freezing temperatures are in the forecast for Dec. 4 and 5. Insulate your exposed pipes and cover frost-tender plants to prevent possible damage.  Below is information on how to wrap your pipes and cover your plants. Preparing for a Winter Freeze  It's easy to protect your exposed pipes and it takes just a few minutes. Place foam insulation around exposed pipes and install special blankets made for backflow devices, both available at your local hardware store or irrigation supply house. If you don't have this type of insulation on hand, use old towels or blankets and wrap them in plastic secured in...
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Welcome to the New RossValleyFire.org

Welcome to the New RossValleyFire.org
Ross Valley Fire Department is pleased to welcome you to our new online home with the launch of our new website November 2013. The new site represents five years of evolving online tools and information, allowing us to vastly expand our content and ability to deliver online information across all modern desktop and mobile platforms. Among the new site’s key features: Dramatically expanded fire prevention, planning review, and permit process information.   A "workflow" format guides permit applicants through the varied processes for each town and district in our jurisdiction. Responsive design is compatible and optimized to work with all internet...
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San Anselmo Garage Fire Stopped Quickly

A fire that started in a San Anselmo garage was controlled in less than 15 minutes by Ross Valley firefighters early Monday, November 18, 2013.  An aggressive fire attack by Fire Captain Isaac Wilson's crew on Medic Engine 20 from the Sleepy Hollow Fire Station #20, aided by three other engine crews, is credited with limiting damage at 217 Oak Springs Drive.  The fire started at approximately 3:30 a.m. near an electric car in the garage; when fire crews arrived flames were shooting out the doors and lapping at a second-story deck as well as the roof line, said Battalion Chief...
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San Anselmo Vegetation Fire at Memorial Park

San Anselmo Vegetation Fire at Memorial Park
By Gary Klien - Marin Independent Journal A homeless man was arrested Thursday after a vegetation fire in San Anselmo forced the evacuation of numerous residents and sent a cloud of smoke blowing over parts of Ross Valley. Douglas Hall Shumate, 52, was arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting a fire on public land, said Central Marin police Sgt. Julie Gorwood. Shumate was living on the hillside and allegedly disposed of a match improperly, Gorwood said. Shumate was taken to the jail after medical treatment for a facial burn. He was also booked on suspicion of violating probation. No other injuries were...
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Annual Report Published

Annual Report Published
At the Septemeber 2013 Fire Board Meeting, Ross Valley Fire Department staff presented the 2012-2013 Annual Report.
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RVFD Firefighters Gather In Rememberance of 9/11

RVFD Firefighters Gather In Rememberance of 9/11
At 0658 September 11, 2013 throughout Marin County and here at Ross Valley Fire Department, firefighters gathered in front of their stations to remember the attacks 12 years ago. There was at minute of silent reflection after the Communication Center tolled the "5-5-5-5" bells that are such a proud tradition in the FDNY.               Our department is proud and honored to have a piece of the World Trade Center steel in our memorial located at fire station 19 in San Anselmo.  
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Shift in Weather Helps Mount Diablo Fire Crews

Shift in Weather Helps Mount Diablo Fire Crews
By Kurtis Alexander and Henry K. Lee, SF Gate Photo: Michael Macor, SF Chronicle Firefighters took advantage of cooler weather overnight to gain an upper hand on the wildfire on Mount Diablo, reporting Tuesday that containment of the blaze had jumped from 20 percent to 45 percent. Crews are succeeding in confining the Morgan Fire to isolated canyons near the mountain's 3,848-foot summit, authorities said. About 75 homes near Clayton were still threatened Tuesday, but that was down from the 100 homes potentially in the path of the fire a day earlier. Residents of the 75 homes remain under an evacuation advisory. "We should...
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Hometown Heroes: The Untold Story of Marin's Fire Service Casualties

Hometown Heroes: The Untold Story of Marin's Fire Service Casualties
  By Nels Johnson Marin Independent Journal It is a horror unparalleled in the history of the fire service in Marin County. As a noontime crowd gathered to watch the St. Raphael's Mission parade in San Rafael on May 21, 1950, flames erupted from Mar Vista Motors at 812 Fourth St. A spark from a paint sander ignited a pool of solvent, triggering what Fire Commissioner Walter Castro called a "roaring hell." Firefighters Aubrey E. "Jack" Miller, 34, and William "Sonny" Bottini Jr., 24, entered the blazing building and were working a hose line when the roof of the garage collapsed....
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Fire Explorers

Fire Explorers
Ross Valley Fire Department Interviewed by Channel One News:  

Regional Volunteer Drill: Wildland Fires

Regional Volunteer Drill: Wildland Fires
The Ross Valley Fire Department hosted a regional volunteer drill on the evening of July 17, 2013 where volunteers from throughout Marin County partook in a number of applied drills covering wildland fires and firefighter safety. Below are a number of snapshots from the drills. Retreating to Area of Refuge Deploying Fire Shelters Wildland Fire Shelters  
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Firesafe Landscaping

Firesafe Landscaping
Diane Lynch from the Marin Independent Journal answers common firesafe plant questions. To review the full article please visit the University of California Marin Master Gardeners.
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Welcome Adam!

Welcome Adam!
New Firefighter Trainee Adam Van Dyke receives his Firefighter badge from Chief Meagor.  Welcome Adam!
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Video Guides for Protecting Your Home From Wildfires

Ross Valley hillsides, while beautiful, are an ideal environment for a devastating wildland fire. With the onset of summer months comes the drying and curing of our lands.  As temperatures peak, humidity drops and the summer winds blow, the potential for wildland fires increase.  Despite the efforts of the fire services, many homes are lost each year due to wildland and wildland urban interface fires.  It is imperative that you prepare now to protect your home from such occurrences.

To assist homeowners and residents with creating Defensible Space, Ross Valley Fire Department has added several useful videos to our Defensible Space page. 

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Two Injured As Fire Guts Fairfax Townhouse in Sunday Night Blaze

Two Injured As Fire Guts Fairfax Townhouse in Sunday Night Blaze
A blaze gutted a Fairfax townhouse Sunday night, sending two residents to the hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. Ross Valley Battalion Chief Jim Hanson said an aggressive attack by firefighters prevented substantial damage to residences adjoining the burning unit at 4 Penny Lane in the Canon Village complex off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Capt. Gavin Illingworth, based at the Fairfax station, immediately called a second alarm after arriving shortly after 10 p.m. to find flames shooting from the "entire front of the building," Hanson reported. "Our guys did an aggressive attack," Hanson said. "They just did a terrific...
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Mobile Home Fire Displaces 12 at Historic C Ranch in West Marin

Mobile Home Fire Displaces 12 at Historic C Ranch in West Marin
Blaze destroys two mobile homes and four cars but Marin County firefighters save 1870s-era farmhouse, officials say. A fire destroyed two mobile homes and four cars at the historic C Ranch in West Marin Tuesday night, displacing two families – six adults and six children – who were living there, according to Marin County Fire officials. County firefighters were called to a report of a fire in a mobile home on the historic property in the 22000 block of Sir Frances Drake Blvd just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber said. Two mobile homes and four cars were engulfed in flames...
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Important Wildland Fire Safety Message: Create Your Defensible Space Zone!

Ross Valley Fire Department personnel will soon be out in the neighborhoods reminding homeowners of the requirement for property owners to create defensible space around their homes.   The Defensible Space area is the area where you’ve modified the landscaping to give your home the best chance to survive during a wildfire – greatly improving the odds for firefighters who are defending your neighborhood.  “Defensible Space” area should be a minimum of 100 feet of clearance around your home (or up to your property line).  If your home is on a slope or subject to high winds, extend the distance of this...
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Ross Valley Fire Burn Simulation Trailer Trains New Firefighters

Read about Ross Valley Fire Department's Burn Trailer being used to train new San Rafael Firefighters.  http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_23268067/san-rafaels-new-fire-recruits-near-end-six
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Preparing For Wildfire Season

Preparing For Wildfire Season
Creating an action plan and using defensible space principles are critical measures in combating the spread of wildland fires. In preperation of wildfire season, CalFire has released a number of publications and resources for the abatement of wildland fires: Wild Fire Is Coming Are You Ready Creating a Wildfire Action Plan Hardening Your Home Against the Spread of Wildfire Visit Ross Valley Fire Department's Defensible Space Page for material from RVFD's Fire Marshall.
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RVFD Hosts Marin County Joint Volunteer Firefighter Academy

RVFD Hosts Marin County Joint Volunteer Firefighter Academy
Ross Valley Fire Department hosted the Marin County Joint Volunteer Firefighter Academy on Sunday February 17, 2013. The academy, which meets monthly, consists of recruit volunteer firefighters from fire agencies across Marin County including: Mill Valley, Kentfield, Marinwood, Stinson Beach and the Southern Marin. The training covered both fire behavior and hose handling. The fire behavior segment was taught using the Mobile Live Fire Trailer acquired through a 2001 grant awarded from FEMA. The Fire Trailer enables the volunteers to participate in a live fire training exercise that is controlled and safe. If you live in Ross, San Anselmo or Fairfax...
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Focus on Fire Safety: Portable Heaters

An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property loss. Only two percent of heating fires in homes involve portable heaters; however, portable heaters are involved in 45 percent of all fatal heating fires in homes! You can prevent a portable heater fire in your home this winter by following a few fire safety steps:   Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. Keep anything that can burn such as bedding, clothing and curtains at least three feet away....
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Disaster Preparedness 2012

As we watch the news and see the devastation from the Super Storm Sandy on the East Coast, it is a good time to check our own supplies, disaster plans, and check in with our family members to be sure everyone is prepared for disaster.  Our area has had its share of disasters, from floods to wind storms and power outages, to major earthquakes and wildland fires. Disasters can be large or small – a power outage lasting for days or a rain storm where you are sheltering at home until it passes. If you and your neighbors would like to...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Wear Pink!

Ross Valley Firefighters Wear Pink!
Ross Valley Fire Department firefighters will wear pink uniform t-shirts in October, 2012, in support of breast cancer awareness.  The pink t-shirts, provided by IAFF Local 1775, are part of a nationwide to help find a cure for breast cancer.
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Marin Firefighters Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

This week, all professional firefighters in Marin will wear pink t-shirts while on duty to help support breast cancer fundraising and research. Check out the pictures of local firefighters in their pink t-shirts by following the link, below. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in 8 American women and 1 in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year. http://sananselmofairfax.patch.com/articles/why-are-marin-s-firefighters-wearing-pink#photo-11734735
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Halloween Safety Tips from the NFPA

NFPA has everything you need to keep all your little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween and have some spooky fun, too. Match the jack in the pack activityAll but one of these jolly jack-o'-lanterns matches another jack in the pack. Can you find all the pumpkin pairs? Kids of all ages will have fun with this spooky activity that helps work on similarities, differences,and identifying details.   Fire-safety Story Dice Kids love playful ways to generate storytelling and writing ideas.  By creating your own fire-safety story dice, students can work on building stories, descriptive words, adding details and generating a beginning,...
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SHAKEOUT Earthquake Drill October 18

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquakes. Most people participate in one of the Official ShakeOut Regions* shown below. Now anyone in other states, provinces, or countries can also register to be included in the global participation total! http://www.shakeout.org/california/
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Ross Valley Fire Remembers September 11th Attacks with a Moment of Silence.

Ross Valley Fire held a brief ceremony to recognize the 11th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.   Ross Valley Fire Department officials observed a moment of silence Tuesday morning along with fire stations throughout the county recognize the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Fire department personnel silently assembled around the 9/11 memorial in front of the San Anselmo fire station at 6:58 a.m. while officials gathered around flag poles in front of all the fire stations in Marin. The 9/11 memorial, which was dedicated last year, includes a section of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. At 6:59...
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Focus on Fire Safety: National Preparedness Month

  This September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is “Pledge to Prepare - Awareness to Action”. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is asking the public -- individuals, business, and organizations -- to take specific action steps by doing at least one of the following: Learn about emergency hazards - including home fires - and their appropriate responses Make a communications plan Build an emergency kit Get involved in preparedness in their community. For more information on National Preparedness Month, including tips on preparing for a fire emergency, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/focus/   The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone should have...
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Firefighters "Fill The Boot" for MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of San Francisco needed a little lift and got it last week when Ross Valley and Marin County firefighters chipped in with a significant donation to the group’s “Fill The Boot” campaign. During two 4-hour time slots last week soliciting at the Hub in San Anselmo, the firefighters were able to raise $7,315 bringing the group’s grand total to more than $40,000 for the 2012 fundraising season. “Our success is due to the wonderful travelers and residents of Marin County,” said Bob Briare, president of the Marin Professional Firefighters, Local 1775, International Association of Firefighters. “On behalf...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Battle Redding Wildfire

A strike team from Marin County is on the front line protecting homes at the Ponderosa fire, which is burning east of Redding. The 14 firefighters and five type-one fire engines formed a "Strike Team" led by Novato Division Chief Mark Heine, protecting structures and homes near Shingletown, about 30 miles east of Redding and about 215 miles north of  Marin. The crew is comprised of firefighters from Mill Valley Fire, San Rafael Fire, Ross Valley Fire and Marin County Fire Departments.  As part of the statewide mutual-aid system, firefighters from across the state assist during major fire events.  Read more...
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Ross Valley Firefighters Deliver Baby in San Anselmo

It was just another training day over at the Ross Valley firehouse, where Dr. Mark Bason-Mitchell arrived to give firefighters a lesson at the downtown San Anselmo station. "We have all sorts of training activities, and doctors from Marin General come once a month on different topics," firefighter Todd Standfield said. Monday's topic: "Childbirth and obstetrics." Hours later, the doctor's advice was put to good use when the Ross Valley Fire Department's Engine 19 was dispatched at 7:40 p.m. to handle an "imminent childbirth" in a car that pulled over on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard not far from downtown San Anselmo....
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Firefighters Extinguish Garage Fire in Fairfax

A garage fire in Fairfax early Sunday morning caused about $20,000 in damage, according to the Ross Valley Fire Department. Units responded to a 3:29 a.m. call at 63 Laurel Drive and found a detached garage on fire, according to RVFD's Jim Hanson. It was quickly extinguished and the site was declared under control at 3:53 a.m. Nobody was injured or displaced. There was no damage to the adjacent home, Hanson said. RVFD received assistance from the Marin County Fire Department, and 17 personnel were at the fire scene.  The cause is under investigation. Three garages, and several vehicles, were recently damaged in...
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San Anselmo blaze damages three garages, three cars

A fire that ripped through three garages in San Anselmo was doused by Ross Valley firefighters Wednesday night before it could spread to nearby residences. Flames were roaring from the garages amid plumes of thick smoke, and tires of several cars were exploding with "cherry bomb-like" sounds as Battalion Chief Brian McCarthy arrived at 25 and 35 Entrata Avenue near the Ross border at 10:36 p.m. "It was heavily involved, with three detached garages on fire," McCarthy said. "A small in-law unit was on fire" as well. "It was a mess." Three cars also were burning, one parked in a garage,...
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Ross Fire Chief Tom Valee to Retire

Even though Fire Chief Tom Vallee is walking away from his job of running the town’s Fire Department, he still remains confident the town will get over the bump in the road that the failure of Measure C created in the town of Ross. “I’m confident the town will survive and get over this hurdle,” said Vallee, 55, who ends a 37-year firefighting career in his native Ross on July 2. “The support has always been there in the community. It’s now time for me to decompress for a while.” Town officials continue to mull over their options since the public...
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Fireworks: Illegal in Marin!

REMEMBER: ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN MARIN! Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. Left: Consumer foreworks come in all shapes and sizes, but leave them to the professionals; Right: A demonstration of what could happen if...
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Firefighters Rescue Woman from Fairfax Well

A Fairfax woman who plunged into a well while mowing the lawn was pulled to safety by Ross Valley firefighters during a dramatic rescue Wednesday. The incident unfolded at about 11 a.m. on sleepy Wood Lane in the Deer Park neighborhood when the unidentified woman stepped on a well cover while mowing the lawn of an acquaintance. The wooden cover's hinge apparently gave way, the cover flipped over and she plunged down feet first, hitting the water and bobbing up after never hitting the bottom. She wedged herself about six feet down the shaft, in water authorities later estimated was about...
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Firefighters Battle Fairfax Trailer Fire

A recreational vehicle caught fire Monday in Fairfax, setting off a series of small explosions from propane tanks in the trailer, a fire official said. No injuries were reported. The fire broke out at about 2:20 p.m. at 57 Manor Road, where a 24-foot travel trailer was parked in a yard, said Ross Valley fire Battalion Chief Brian McCarthy. The fire threatened a garage but fighters extinguished the flames before it could spread to the building, McCarthy said. The cause was under investigation. "The smell was really acrid," said Patrice Hickox, who lives two properties from the scene. "There were a...
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Town of Ross to Merge With Ross Valley Fire Department

After years of study and discussion, the Ross Town Council voted Thursday to merge its little fire department with the larger Ross Valley Fire Department, a move that is expected to cut costs and improve fire safety in the woodsy community. "Consolidation of services is one of the few ways available to government to provide constituents with better quality service and at the same time save money," said Councilman Scot Hunter, head of the town public safety committee. "It's win-win any way you look at it." With the merger, effective July 1, Ross will share fire services with San Anselmo, Sleepy...
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Prevent Youth Firesetting

May 6-12 is Arson Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Prevent Youth Firesetting. During the month of May, USFA will focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effortwith fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, mental health, social services, schools, and juvenile justice to help reduce the occurrence of juveniles engaged with fire. Did You Know? Fires started by children playing accounted for an average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries, and $286 million in direct property damage per year between 2005 and 2009. Younger children are more likely to set fires in homes, while older children and teenagers are more likely to set fires outside. Lighters were the heat source in half (50 percent) of child-playing fires in...
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Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire in San Anselmo

A kitchen fire in San Anselmo caused up to $5,000 to an apartment Wednesday night and forced a lane closure on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The fire broke out at 7:25 p.m. at 1586 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., a two-story apartment complex near the Fairfax border. Ross Valley fire Battalion Chief Jim Hanson said the fire was ignited by an unattended pot on a stove. A neighbor grabbed a fire extinguisher at the building and quickly put out the fire. Damage was limited to the kitchen, and the two apartment residents were not injured, Hanson said. "Everyone should always have within...
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Change Batteries, Replace Old Smoke Alarms

Good Timing: Change Batteries, Replace Old Smoke Alarms Daylight Saving Time is a great opportunity to remind residents to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms, but there is more that can be done.  Many residents are putting new batteries into smoke alarms that are 10-years-old or older.  This can be extremely dangerous.  Smoke alarms that are 10-years-old, or older, are no longer reliable. The USFA's Install. Inspect. Protect. smoke alarm campaign offers fire departments and thepublic free smoke alarm fact sheets, posters, pre-written articles and community presentation materials in English and Spanish.  The time change creates the perfect opportunity to take advantage of these materials in community presentations, door-to-door canvassing, at fairs, in...
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Fire Safety for Older Adults

The facts speak for themselves: the relative risk of Americans over the age of 65 dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population. The risk worsens as age increases. People age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. The leading cause of fire deaths in older adults is smoking and the leading cause of fire injuries in older adults is cooking. There are a number of precautionary steps older Americans can take to dramatically reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty, including: Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke...
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Ross Valley Fire Department Welcomes Our Newest Firefighter

Jesse Olivotti of Fairfax was presented his badge today by Fire Chief Roger Meagor. Jesse was hired this month after the retirement of Engineer/Firefighter Ned Farnkopf after more than 32 years of service to our community.  Jesse is a life long resident of our community and it’s a pleasure to welcome him to the RVFD family. He began his career with RVFD in 2009 as a volunteer.
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2012 CPR Class Schedule Updated

Ross Valley Fire Department has released their 2012 CPR Class Schedule. Public “HeartSaver CPR” from the American Heart Association are offered several times each year at Fire Station 21, in Fairfax. Students will learn how to perform CPR and how to relieve airway obstructions or choking in adults, children and infants. The class is geared for non-health care professionals who want to be ready in case of an emergency.  This class is not for healthcare professionals. To learn more about our CPR classes or view the schedule in our Public Education section, click here...

9/11 Monument Dedicated September 11, 2011

Ross Valley Fire Department dedicated a monument to the victms of the 9/11 attacks September 11, 2011. Made from a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center, the monument was erected by Ross Valley firefighters and volunteers with funding provided by the Ross Valley Firefighter's Club.

The ceremony was atended by more than 200 residents and visitors, as well as uniformed firefighters, police officers, and airline personnel from American and United airlines.

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Ross Valley Fire Department brings a part of 9/11 history to Marin County

The Ross Valley Fire Department has obtained a piece of steel recovered from one of the World Trade Center's twin towers and is using it to create a monument to those who died on 9/11.

The concrete and stucco monument that will house the relic will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony at 9:11 a.m. Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. The monument will be placed permanently at the entrance to the Ross Valley fire station at 777 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo.

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Ross Valley Fire Department brings a part of 9/11 history to Marin County

The Ross Valley Fire Department has obtained a piece of steel recovered from one of the World Trade Center's twin towers and is using it to create a monument to those who died on 9/11.

The concrete and stucco monument that will house the relic will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony at 9:11 a.m. Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. The monument will be placed permanently at the entrance to the Ross Valley fire station at 777 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: New State Law

A new state law goes into effect on July 1st, requiring all California homeowners with an attached garage or fossil fuel source to install a carbon monoxide detector.  Follow this link and read the article for information from the State Fire Marshals Office.

According to CalFire, 90% of all California homes are without carbon monoxide detectors, a device that saves lives. Fuel fired appliances, such as cooking stoves, heaters, and gas dryers can produce this odorless gas without the homeowner knowing it. When these appliances aren’t working properly, they can give off deadly amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so it’s easy to ignore the warning signs.  

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Our Mission

To protect the lives, property and environment of Ross, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow and Fairfax through education, prevention and community service in a professional and caring manner that is fair, honest, respectful and ethical.

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Ross Valley Fire Department
777 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960 USA
Tel: (415) 258-4686

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