Free Chipper Day: Corte Madera Residents Only

Corte Madera Residents
FREE CHIPPER DAY
June 8 th , 2019

Central Marin Fire Department & the Town of Corte Madera have partnered to sponsor a free chipper day. Dispose of your brush, branches, and dead vegetation.

WHERE: The Cove School Parking Lot
(330 Golden Hind Passage)

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday June 8 th , 2019

WHY: To provide a more “fire-safe” community.

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Living With Fire Seminar: Corte Madera, June 4

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Join us for a FREE 2-hour seminar on wildfire preparedness for Marin residents.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 7PM-9PM at the Corte Madera Community Center

As Marin residents, we all share responsibility to be prepared for wildfires.  Wildfires are a natural part of our environment, and it’s imperative that we build our homes, maintain our landscapes, and prepare our families for the next major fire. 

Learn about your community’s hazard and what you can do about it from the wildfire experts at Ross Valley Fire Department, Marin County Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN.

  • Are you and your family prepared to safely evacuate when a wildfire strikes?
  • Is your home vulnerable to igniting from wildfire embers?
  • Does your home have adequate Defensible Space?
  • Are you interested in working with neighbors and land managers to reduce fire risk in your community? 

This workshop is intended primarily for residents, homeowners, and regular visitors to Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, and Marin County, CA.  Registration online at www.firesafemarin.org/events is encouraged, but not required. 

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FIRESafe MARIN Receives $1 Million Grant for Evacuation Route Clearance in Central Marin

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Central Marin Fire Department to partner with FIRESafe MARIN on evacuation route vegetation clearance beginning in 2019 in Corte Madera and Larkspur.

Corte Madera, CA, - May 1, 2019: As California expands efforts to prevent devastating wildfires, CAL FIRE announced on April 16 over $43 million in grants awarded to 66 local fire prevention projects across the state.  In Marin county, FIRESafe MARIN was selected to receive $993,500 to help fund a $1.3 million project aimed at improving the safety of evacuation routes in seven central Marin communities.

The grant provides funding to seven hillside neighborhoods along the eastern slopes of Mt. Tamalpais.  In order to improve evacuation routes there, vegetation will be reduced along more than 55 miles of roads, improving access and egress, and strategically dispersing fuel reduction over a 3,000-acre geographic area with a long history of wildfires.  The project locations were selected based on priorities identified in the 2017 Marin Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

The project is a cooperative effort between FIRESafe MARIN and more than a dozen partners, including the Towns of Corte Madera, Ross, San Anselmo, and Fairfax, the City of Larkspur, County of Marin, along with Central Marin Fire Department, Kentfield Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, Marin County Fire Department, and Marin County Parks.  

Neighborhoods where work will occur include: Sarah Drive in Mill Valley, Christmas Tree Hill in Corte Madera, Madrone Canyon in Larkspur, Kent Woodlands in Kentfield, Bald Hill in Ross and San Anselmo, Deer Park, Cascade Canyon, and Manor Hill in Fairfax, as well as fire roads on Marin County Parks lands extending more than six miles from Mill Valley to Fairfax.  FIRESafe MARIN anticipates work to begin in late 2019, with completion by the summer of 2020.

Each of the neighborhoods impacted by this project are nationally recognized Firewise USA© communities, or are in the process of seeking this important recognition. “These sites are ideal locations to pursue a large vegetation management project, due to the high levels of community involvement and support for wildfire preparedness efforts,” says Todd Lando, Executive Coordinator at FIRESafe MARIN. “These are high risk neighborhoods that are already organized and participating in our Firewise program.”

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Central Marin Fire Department Consolidation Complete

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Central Marin Fire Council is pleased to announce the official consolidation of the Corte Madera and Larkspur Fire Departments to the newly formed Central Marin Fire Authority.  The Town of Corte Madera and the City of Larkspur have a long history of working collaboratively on projects and providing enhanced services to their residents. The strong partnership and well-established commitment to public safety has been embraced in Corte Madera and Larkspur dating back to the 1970’s. 

This practice of collaboration is particularly evident in fire protection services, where mutual aid agreements are such that Corte Madera and Larkspur fire crews regularly respond to calls in both communities.  In an effort to maintain quality fire protection and enhance fire prevention, education, and community service, formal discussion began in 2012 to evaluate potential options including consolidation.  After seven years of thoughtful discussions, analysis, and consideration, the process has culminated in a full consolidation of their fire services.

Under the leadership of Fire Chief Scott Shurtz, both the Town of Corte Madera and the City of Larkspur are excited to introduce their newly formed Fire Department.  “We are trying to capitalize on the efficiencies and depth that are created through the formation of an agency that is just the right size" explained Chief Shurtz. He further expressed that, “We are big enough to provide the quality and effectiveness that is expected, yet small enough to maintain the personalized and responsive service that our residents and guests have always enjoyed. I can’t say enough about the creativity, support and patience demonstrated by our staff and elected officials throughout this process.”
 
“It is exciting that the Twin Cities communities are partners in another JPA. This will provide greater economies of scale and a higher level of service for our residents.” - Catherine Way, Larkspur Councilmember and Fire Council Chair.

"This is a huge step forward for both of our communities. It builds on the success and model we have established with the Central Marin Police Authority. It also squarely meets the two objectives I always look for in shared service agreements: Does it improve service? And does it save money? This does both incredibly well, and places both Corte Madera and Larkspur in a much stronger position to deal with the increased fire danger we are experiencing in California." - Bob Ravasio, Corte Madera Mayor and Fire Council Vice Chair

 
Both Corte Madera and Larkspur have always been in good hands when it comes to fire protection and with the completion of this consolidation, that tradition of excellence will continue to thrive. For more information on the development of this consolidation please visit our archive of the work of the Corte Madera and Larkspur Joint Ad Hoc Committee for Shared Fire Services.

Employment Opportunity: Firefighter-Paramedic

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Central Marin Fire Authority invites applications for the position of Firefighter-Paramedic!

Salary Depending on Experience is $29.26 - $35.57 per hour
(additional 2% salary increase scheduled for July 2019)
Deadline to Apply: March 4, 2019 before 11:30 PM PST

The Firefighter-Paramedic responds to all types of fires, emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials incidents, rescues, and other calls for assistance in the protection of life, property and environment; operates and maintains vehicles, apparatus, equipment, stations and communication systems; teaches fire safety to the public; participates in physical fitness and career development programs; and performs other duties as required. Performs Advanced Life Support care and transports patients utilizing the Central Marin Fire Department Ambulance or provides early ALS Interventions as an Engine Company Paramedic.

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75 Residents Attend Greenbrae Hills Wildfire Safety and Resources Event

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More than 75 Greenbrae residents braved a winter storm February 12 to learn about wildfire preparedness and find resources to help organize neighbors to reduce risk.  Central Marin Fire Department will offer additional workshop and neighborhood "Firewise Walks" in 2019.  Check back in late spring for dates and schedules!

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WHEN:   

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: 

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Corte Madera Neighborhood Receives National Firewise Recognition

Meadowcrest Ridge, Corte Madera (Marin County, CA) is Marin's newest Firewise USA site. Aerial map of the Meadowcrest Ridge Firewise USA site.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Meadowcrest Ridge (Corte Madera) to the growing number of Firewise  USA sites, where residents throughout the nation are working to reduce their wildfire risks.  Marin county leads California in the number of recognized Firewise sites, and leads the nation in growth of this important program.

The 25 acre Meadowcrest Ridge neighborhood in Corte Madera is an incorporated development which includes approximately 17 homes.   Meadowcrest Ridge is comprised of all homes from 1135 Meadowcrest Drive (a private drive) through 1200 Meadowcrest (our home) and includes 40 Fairview Avenue, a 7 acre parcel to the north.  Meadowcrest neighbors created a Firewsie committee in 2018, completed a written risk assessment, help educational events and worked to reduce hazardous vegetation around their homes.

The Firewise USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action now to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent losses.  Join the growing network of more than 1,400 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.   

Learn more at www.firesafemarin.org/firewise

 

Central Marin Firefighters Quickly Control Overnight Structure Fire

Central Marin Firefighters Quickly Control Overnight Structure Fire
Central Marin Firefighters quickly controlled an overnight structure fire in the 300 block of Corte Madera Avenue. Just after 2 AM on Sunday morning, the residents of a large two-story home were awakened by the sound of the blaze and immediately called 911. The fire, which started in a garbage can next to the house, ignited the siding and quickly s...
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Retired Fire Chief Craig Shurtz Passes

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Members of Central Marin Fire on hand for the celebration of life for former Larkspur Fire Department Chief Craig Shurtz.  Chief Shurtz began his career in 1961 and became Fire Chief in 1968 at the age of 27.  Thank you Chief for having such a positive impact in so many lives over the years.  William Craig Shurtz, a Marin native and ...
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Marin Town Hall on Fire Preparedness

Assemblymember Marc Levine invites you to hear what state, county, and local governments are doing to prepare for a fire emergency and how to improve fire safety in Marin. Learn how to prepare your family, home, and property in case of disaster. If you have any questions, please call (415) 479-4920. Saturday, February 10, 2018 10 a.m. - 12 noon Col...
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Paradise Drive
5600 Paradise DR
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Corte Madera: Headquarters
342 Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Downtown Larkspur
420 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA  94939

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Greenbrae
15 Barry Way
Greenbrae, CA  94904

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