Marin Community Wildfire Forum: May 4, 10 am
Opens with presentation by a Camp Fire survivor. FREE community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, with an introduction to important new efforts that will help make Marin more wildfire resilient. Representatives from local government, fire agencies, land managers, emergency services, law enforcement, community leaders & wildfire experts will update residents on progress to date, work to come, and future needs. Embassy Suites, San Rafael. Go to FireSafe Marin April newsletter for info about this and other wildfire preparedness news including a May 8 forum on Wildfires and Climate Change, May 8, 7-9 pm, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. Also please sign up to receive the FireSafe Marin newsletter.
“Stop the Bleed” Class, Saturday, April 13, 9-11:30 am
Dedicated to bleeding injuries and how to manage them. Certified instructor Jim Fazackerley will be the lead, with 2 assistant instructors, both CERTs (Vicki Chase, retired RN; Suyash Prasad, ER Doctor). Offered by San Geronimo Valley Emergency Response Group (SGVERG). Space available; course is free (donations accepted by not required). At SGV Community Center, East Room. Certificate of completion will be issued to each participant.
Registration open for CERT training in Point Reyes Station, May 3 evening, May 4, & May 11.
Emergency & Disaster training by Fire Dept personnel. To help until they arrive. In Point Reyes Station May 3 (3 hours in the evening), May 4 and 11. All three required for 20 hours. Hands-on practice, put out small fires, light rescue; supplies, manual given. No experience required. For more information and to preregister: readymarin.org under CERT tab. $50—Scholarships available if needed. Class taken successfully for ages teen to oldsters.
Training to Help Animals, All Hazards-Emergencies, March 5
HALTER, halterproject.org, Petaluma Riding & Driving Club, 1820 Skillman Lane, 11-5:30 pm. HALTER trains first responders and community members. Must pre-register. Some spots are still open. See flyer here for more information, including how to register online and email for more info. Coffee, snacks provided but bring a lunch and water, wear comfortable clothes.
Sand and Bags Available, Jan. 16
At Point Reyes Station, corner of C & 4th Streets (behind the Sheriff's substation); and at Inverness Fire Station. Be prepared to fill the bags yourselves. Get it while it lasts…
Red Flag Alert Sat., Nov. 10 through Sunday (so far…)
Extreme caution--a simple spark could cause a major wildfire--including eqpt, machinery, smoking in open spaces. Full info, including closures: marincountyfiretwitter (no twitter account required-please add this Twitter Feed to your electronic devices) For emergency alert calls on your cell phone(s): <alertmarin.org> For email and texts, sign up for Nixle at nixle.org
32nd Annual PRDC Pancake Breakfast, Oct. 28
A report on the fun & successful fundraiser for the PRDC, along with photos of the Diá de los Muertos parade and altar, here.
Please join our wonderful firefighters from Marin County Fire Dept. and Inverness Volunteer Fire Dept. for our Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the Point Reyes Station firehouse. The Point Reyes Disaster Council invites everyone on Sunday, October 28, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The benefit is sponsored by both fire departments. Our wonderful first responders will be cooking up pancakes (including gluten free) and assorted breakfast eats. As always, there will be a raffle, silent auction and outdoor activities like fire truck rides and other fun for kids of all ages! Your tickets ($8 adult; $4 child; free, kids 6 & under) should be in your mailbox or you can buy them at the door. Come on down and help us thank our first responders for their 24-7 protection of our community. See the flyer with more information here.
September is National Preparedness Month.
Sept. 14 and 15: A big Thank You! to community member volunteers who participated in the Point Reyes DC and Inverness DC exercises—improving radio communications discipline, practicing mass casualty/first aid basics, and practicing how to open the disaster shelter at West Marin School.
National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, is an opportunity to remember that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM focuses on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. …
Take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. …
Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. …
Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
2018 Weekly Themes
Week 1: Sept 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan
Week 2: Sept 9-15* Learn Life Saving Skills
Week 3: Sept 16-22 Check Your Coverage
Week 4: Sept 23-29 Save For an Emergency
First Aid for Disaster Response, Aug. 18
Marin Medical Reserve Corps' First Aid for Disaster Response (FADR) workshop is scheduled for Aug 18, 9 am-1 pm, at West Marin School (small gym, wear comfortable clothes, sneakers). Class limit is 30. This is about using everyday material for first aid before the "professionals" arrive, doing a basic body check, splinting, teamwork in moving someone, and more. Helpful when the Big One hits, and for other “situations." Medical professionals teach this—and take it. Plenty of time to practice the basic skills you’re shown. It’s also a good follow-up to one component of CERT, but you don’t need to go through CERT to take it. This is for everyone, not just current PRDC volunteers. Sign up by contacting Lynn Axelrod, PRDC Coordinator
Red Flag Alert from NOAA begins this weekend, June 23, in the N & E SF Bay hills. Posted on Marin County Fire Dept. twitter feed.
Please add the MCFD twitter feed to your electronic devices.
Green Waste Days at West Marin Compost, June 9-10, July 14-15, 9 am-3:30 pm. Free.
Do your part to CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE around your home. Drop off all branches, grass, and light brush. No building materials, general debris, garbage or palm trees, please. Sponsored by Marin County, Marin Fire Dept., FIRESafe Marin, and WM Compost (across from the Nicasio Corp. Yard). For more information, call 415-473-6717. See the flyer with a defensible space diagram here
Don't forget to join in the Disaster Drill, May 10. More information, previous event info. Meantime, please review US Geological Service earthquake info about the Hayward Fault.
NEW QUAKE PROJECTIONS for the Bay Area online now:
All of us are encouraged to review the HAYWIRED (Hayward Fault) projections onlinediagram
via the USGS HayWired Scenario (5+ minute video especially):
and download the 6 page Haywired Earthquake Scenario handout:
The HayWired earthquake scenario—We can outsmart disaster
and view the interactive Bay Area Quake map for multiple expected damages:
Disaster Drill-Simulacion de Desastres:
Marshall, Point Reyes Station, Olema, Inverness Park & Inverness community-wide drill for all residents, Thursday, May 10, 6:30-9:30 pm.
Inverness Volunteer FD/Red Cross volunteer/valued community member Roy Pitts is organizing a multi-community drill for the Inverness and Point Reyes Disaster Councils. All residents asked to participate. More information/más información en Español and in English here/aquî.
Ready for Wildfire? Fire Safety & Defensible Space forum organized by Inverness Association, Sunday, March 11.
Panel of experts discuss issues such as climate change, evacuations, and more. Location: Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, 1-4:30 pm.
Save the date: February 9, 2018 FIRESafe Marin community workshop on Marin's wildfire risk and how you can reduce it
The workshop is to help Marin neighborhoods understand and organize to achieve Firewise USA recognition. There'll be representatives from every Marin fire department, land management agencies like MMWD and Open Space, PG&E, and others to help you understand Marin's wildfire risk and develop a plan to address it. Location: Marin Valley Mobile Country Club, 100 Marin Valley Drive, Novato, CA 94949. More information and the latest FireSafe Marin newsletter: http://firesafemarin.org/about/news/entry/save-the-date-february-9-2018-firewise-community-workshop
Free Red Cross shelter trainings, Jan. 30 & 31
The Inverness Disaster Council is offering two free Red Cross-run shelter trainings in Inverness, Tues., Jan 30 and Wed., Jan. 31: shelter fundamentals and shelter management. Informational flyer here or contact Jairemarie Pomo, Inverness DC Coordinator, email@example.com or 415-215-9992.
Point Reyes and Inverness Disaster Councils general meeting, Jan. 17
All volunteers, including PRDC & IDC CERTs, are cordially requested to join us at the annual meeting Wed., Jan. 17, 7 pm, at the Point Reyes Station firehouse. Marin County FD Sr. Captain Ben Ghisletta and Inverness VFD Chief Jim Fox will be participating. There will be introductions, announcements, a brief review on handling electrical hazards in the field, news, and more. Refreshments available. If you haven't yet RSVP'd to your email invitation, please do so now to Lynn. Thank you...
URGENT: Red Flag Fire Alert, begins Friday, Dec. 15
FIRESafe Marin and National Weather Service have issued a Red Flag Warning beginning Fri., Dec. 15 at 10 pm continuing through the weekend. They note that "this type of fire weather is extremely unusual in Marin in December - based on this season's events, FIRESafe MARIN urges Marin residents to take extreme precautions in the coming days. Strong northerly winds are predicted in the North Bay hills, with very low humidities and unusually low fuel-moistures. The NWS upgraded this from a Fire Weather Watch to a RED FLAG WARNING early Friday, based on observed conditions." Marin County Fire Dept. Chief Jason Weber has indefinitely suspended open burning in Marin County: “We are suspending open burning because of predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, and unusually dry fuel conditions for this time of year. This directive will remain in effect until adequate precipitation is received and fuel conditions are moderated.” FIRESafe Marin asks that everyone please refrain from pile burning until after the predicted fire weather recedes and from from any outdoor activity with open flames or sparks, including gas or charcoal barbecues, welding, grinding, or power tool use. For more information, go to http://firesafemarin.org/about/news/entry/open-burning-ban-reinstated-in-marin?mc_cid=6b5816d14d&mc_eid=7b4b3acc
Wildfires workshop-discussion led by Marin County Fire Chief, Nov. 30, 2017
Everyone is invited to this free workshop on wildfires, which will be led by Marin County Fire Dept. Chief Jason Weber--a great opportunity. It will be at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Thursday, Nov. 30, 7-8 pm, per the link below. If you have a chance you could let Jim Fazackerley (on the notice) know you'll be there (for putting out seats) but RSVP not required to go. http://www.sgvcc.org/posts/wildfire-workshop/
31st annual Pancake Breakfast, Sun. Oct. 29, 2017, Point Reyes Station firehouse--photos and a brief news story
See the crowd at the breakfast and festivities the rest of the weekend < here >. Thanks to all who came to the breakfast in appreciation of the community's partnership with our Marin County and Inverness Volunteer fire fighting personnel.
URGENT: Continued Red Flag Fire Alert, Sat. Sept. 30 through Mon. Oct. 2, 2017
FIRESafe Marin and the National Weather Service have continued a Red Flag Warning for extreme fire danger. Warm and dry conditions with warm, gusty winds and low humidities will combine to create extreme fire growth potential, contributing to wildfire conditions. More information on the alert: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/cafw/getprod.php?pil=RFW&sid=mtr
PLEASE: NO BBQs, don't use power tools outside, don't drive on or park in dry grass. Clean all leaves and needles from roofs, rain gutters and around your homes. ... Prepare/review your home evacuation plan, put together a Grab & Go kit, etc. More information on preparing at http://readymarin.org/plan-prepare/
September is National Preparedness Month!
Learn what you can do for your household and how you can help your neighbors. Go to https://www.ready.gov/september. Our Marin County, FEMA-supported readymarin.org has plenty of information too. Don't forget: the Point Reyes Disaster Council can use your help as a disaster radio volunteer.
2017 Weekly Themes
Week 1: September 1-9 Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Week 2: September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Week 3: September 17-23 Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Week 4: September 24-30 Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Large
Free Home Smoke Alarms & Installation
Aug. 2017 - The American Red Cross is offering free 10-year smoke alarms and installation through its Northern California Coastal Home Fire Campaign. You can order this by telephone, email or online. For information and to make this happen, go to: http://www.redcross.org/local/california/northern-california-coastal/home-fire-safety
Register for CERT Training to be held Oct. 14 and 21
Aug. 2017 - The next West Marin CERT training in Nicasio is scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21. Both Saturdays are required for certification as a Community Emergency Response Team member. Other classes are held around the county. (See link). You can schedule the first class and complete the second in another location if needed. Cost is $45; scholarships are available. Registration can be done online or by mail. http://readymarin.org/calendar/
July 8 Free FIRESafe Marin Workshop
Pre-registration requested due to limited class size. When buildings and landscapes are designed and maintained properly, they have a better chance of withstanding a wildfire by them- selves without assistance from firefighters. In fact, managing landscapes around homes and communities can actually improve plant health, keep them compatible with natural ecosystems and allow them to survive dangerous wildfires. ... Learning and applying Firewise® principles empowers residents and communities, in all regions of the United States, to improve lo- cal and wildland landscapes, provide a safe environment for first responders and protect our homes and communities from severe wildfires. To pre reg contact Scott Barnes, Battalion Chief, Mill Valley Fire Department firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-389-4139 (Mill Valley Comm. Cntr., more info)
July 8 & 9 Free Green Materials Drop-off
The next 2017 free yard debris drop off date is July 8 & 9, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
This is your opportunity for free and safe disposal of yard debris such as branches, grass and brush. No building materials, general debris or garbage and no palm trees please. Marin residents only. The program is set up to remove vegetation/debris to create defensible space and increase the chances of their homes surviving a wildfire. Location: 5575 Nicasio Valley Rd., Nicasio. Across from the Nicasio Corporation Yard. 415 662 9849. Sponsored by: Marin County Board of Supervisors; Marin County Fire Department & West Marin Compost.
Learn How to Save a Life at ‘Don’t Miss a Beat’
Quick stop at annual training increases odds of bystanders becoming heroes
June 10, 2017 - In the heat of the moment, would you be able to keep your wits and help save a person who was in cardiac arrest or bleeding from a wound? You might have doubts, but you can increase your chances of becoming a lifesaver on Saturday, June 10, by spending just 5 minutes at Marin County’s annual “Don’t Miss a Beat” event.
The Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (Marin EMS), the Marin County Fire Department and Marin County Health and Human Services are combining talents with other Marin agencies for the eighth annual training to teach hands-only CPR and “stop the bleed” techniques to anybody 8 years old and up. Visitors can swing by any of 19 venues all over the county between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency first aid at no cost.
About 1,900 people participated in Marin last year, a year when 46 percent of cardiac arrest patients received assistance from a bystander in the minutes before a professional first responder arrived. (More info and locations, including West Marin)
Despite Greenery, Wildfire Season Approaches
Is your home defensible? Assess vegetation and help reduce fire fuels
San Rafael, CA, May 4, 2017 – After an epic soak over the past few months, vegetation in Marin County is lush – like we haven’t seen it in years. The drought is in the rear-view mirror, but the inevitable wildfire season is coming back into view. ... “As odd as might sound to us now, we’re starting to look at increased seasonal staffing like we do every year,” said Chief Jason Weber of the Marin County Fire Department. “Most of our residents live either within or very close to those beautiful undeveloped hills and valleys that attracted many of us here in the first place. Because of that, we’re going to have periods of heightened alerts as it gets drier.”
A home might be the most valuable investment you ever make, and defensible space – the buffer zone between a building and nearby vegetation – is essential to improve chances of it burning in a wildfire. Residents are urged to take steps now to create defensible space and protect their investment through responsible landscaping and the use of fire resistant construction materials.
“Defensible space increases the survival chances of your home while making it safer for firefighters who might be called upon to defend your home,” Weber said, “and I can assure you that we really appreciate the support.”
The Bay Area’s weather over the past few months added a new dynamic to this coming fire season, which is due to begin in late spring. The end of California’s five-year drought left behind a buildup of dead trees and shrubs interspersed among incredible vegetation growth from Marin’s wettest winter in more than 20 years.
“Everybody’s saying we’re all wet and green now, and that’s true, but it’s all going to be fuel when it becomes dry enough to burn,” said Battalion Chief Christie Neill, who focuses on wildfire protection and vegetation management. “Green material will burn … it just has to get heated to a point at which all the moisture dries off. If we get windy days, that will accelerate the drying.”
No matter how wet a winter is, light and medium fire fuels such as grass and brush always dry out in California, said Deputy Chief Mark Brown. “During the summer, the vast majority of homes destroyed by vegetation fires in Marin are caused by wildland fires burning primarily in grass and brush,” he said.
There have been many severe wildfires in Marin’s history, the most recent in 1995 when 12,354 acres and 45 structures burned during the Vision Fire in Inverness. Although there were no deaths or major injuries in that blaze, 422 people had to be evacuated and dozens of families were rendered homeless. The largest wildfire in Marin history was in 1929 when 40,000 acres burned between Lucas Valley and Bolinas.
For more information:
Defensible space inspections by returning seasonal Marin County Fire Department firefighters. Call your local fire station for details. An updated list of fire-resistant plants on firesafemarin.org.
Watch this clip for an overview of the Marin County Fire Department.
Jason Weber, CHIEF, Marin County Fire Department, 33 Castle Rock Ave., Woodacre, CA 94973
415 473 6717 office
415 717 1500 cell
CRS Dial 711
Mark Brown, DEPUTY CHIEF, Marin County Fire Department, 33 Castle Rock Ave.,Woodacre, CA 94973
415 473 6717 office
415 717 1501 cell
CRS Dial 711