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Red Flag Warning In Effect for Marin County

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September 19, 2018

Warning to remain in place until Thursday afternoon.

Marin County, CA -- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to 5 PM Thursday, September 20. This supersedes the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong off shore winds with gusts to 35 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 25-35 percent.

The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties. The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin Open Space, and The Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.

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Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Kentfield Association of Firefighters will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.  Join us for pancakes, OJ, milk and coffee served by our firefighters and their families at the Kentfield Fire Station, 1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., across from the College of Marin in Kentfield.

Come tour the firehouse, meet our professional and volunteer firefighters, jump in the jump houses and enjoy the breakfast.  Adults $7.00, children 12 and under $5.00, 3 and under free. 

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Open Burning on Hold in Marin

Effective May 1, 2018 the Marin County Fire Department is banning open burns for the fire season in Marin County.

For more information read the attached Marin County Fire Department News Release.

FIRE-Open Burn Ban 050118.pdf

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Wildfire Hazard Inspections Begin in mid-May

Are You Ready for Wildfire? All Kentfield residents should receive a Wildfire Hazard pamphlet in the mail this week. Use the tips on the inside of this pamphlet to reduce flammable vegetation and other hazards on your property. Use fire resistant plants (www.firesafemarin.org/plants) and design your landscaping to beautify your home while improving...
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Letter to Kentfield & Greenbrae Residents

November 2, 2017

                     

Kentfield and Greenbrae Residents:

We have all been witness to the devastation experienced over the past two weeks in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, and Lake Counties from a series of devastating wildfires.  Many of us have been touched by these fires in a personal way.  The men and women of the Kentfield Fire Protection District wish to express our deepest condolences to all of the people affected by the North Bay fires. Our hearts are with you all. 

Cities and towns in Marin are not immune from wildfire.  Our commitment to wildfire preparedness and to ensuring the protection of cities and fire districts within Marin County has never been stronger.  Our members are dedicated to ensuring our community is safe and well protected from any threat, particularly the threat of a wildfire.  We must continue to work together to ensure we are all making our community’s safety our highest, shared priority.  Our success is dependent upon our partnership with you.  We are committed to this goal. 

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Marin County Fire Chiefs Association Letter to Residents

October 13, 2017

Fire agencies across Marin County have sent 38 fire engines and 154 firefighters to the fires inSonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. Firefighters and command personnel are activelyengaged in fighting the large fires affecting those communities, protecting homes, and inrescuing people in the path of the fire.

We will remain committed to actively supporting firefighting operations in the affected counties.All of Marin’s Fire Chiefs have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we have adequatestaffing in each of our communities to respond to any emergency that occurs in Marin County.Firefighters are working long hours on duty and on the fire lines across Northern California andmany agencies have added additional staffing on duty.

There are currently no large fires in Marin and no large fires threatening Marin County. Thevegetation fire on Highway 37 at Lakeville Highway has burned more than 1,500 acres. Theaggressive actions of Marin firefighters contained this fire. The fire no longer poses a threat toMarin County.

Although there are no large fires in Marin County, no fires threatening Marin County, and noevacuation orders anticipated we encourage you and your family to ensure that you havedefensible space surrounding your home and that you have a plan in the event you ever had toevacuate your home. The following websites provide valuable information on these topics:

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Kentfield Fire District Class 1 ISO Rating

Kentfield Fire Protection District recently received a Class 1 Excellent Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC).  Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program.

ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression — fire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction. The FSRS includes standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide fire protection services for citizens and property owners. A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predicator of future fire losses.

Insurance companies use PPC information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance — generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection. By offering economic benefits for communities that invest in their firefighting services, the program provides an additional incentive for improving and maintaining public fire protection.

The program also provides help for fire departments and other public officials as they plan, budget for, and justify improvements. The most significant benefit of the PPC program is its effect on losses. Statistical data on insurance losses bears out the relationship between excellent fire protection — as measured by the PPC program and low fire losses. PPC helps communities prepare to fight fires effectively.  

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Wildfire is Coming. Create 100 Feet of Defensible Space

Defensible space is your property’s front line defense against wildfire.  Creating and maintaining defensible space around your home can dramatically increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and improves the safety of firefighters defending your property.  100 feet of defensible space is required by law.*

See the attached flyer on creating defensible space around your property.

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Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Kentfield Association of Firefighters will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.  Join us for pancakes served by our firefighters and their families at the Kentfield Fire Station, 1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., across from the College of Marin in Kentfield.

Come tour the firehouse, meet our professional and volunteer firefighters, jump in the jump houses and enjoy the breakfast. 

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Captain David Glenn Celebrates 25 Years with the Kentfield Fire District

 

Captain David Glenn, pictured here with his wife and sons, was recognized by the Kentfield Fire Protection District for his 25 years of outstanding dedicated service to the Fire District and the people of our community.  Captain Glenn started as a volunteer firefighter with the District in 1988 and was hired as a paid firefighter on June 17, 1991.  Promoted to Captain in 2003, he has served thirteen years as Captain, and the Training Officer for twelve years.  Captain Glenn is a member of the Marin County USAR Team, Marin County Water Rescue Team (OES Team 11). He is a member of the North Bay Incident Management Team as a Safety Officer. He has served on the Marin County Fire Investigation Team, the Marin County Hazmat Team, held numerous offices within the Marin and Sonoma Counties Fire Training Officer’s Associations, the Kentfield Fire Professional Association and Volunteer Associations. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Fire Academy at Santa Rosa Jr College for the past twelve years.  In 2006 Captain Glenn and the members of the Water Rescue Team received the Medal of Valor from the Marin County Board of Supervisors for their outstanding work during the floods. Captain Glenn was recognized at the Board of Directors meeting on June 15, 2016.   

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Firefighter's Out of County Experience

As a new seasonal firefighter with Kentfield Fire District, I was really looking forward to my first out of county assignment on our O.E.S. engine. For months and months we had been training for the day we would be needed. The call to leave came in around 11:00 pm, shortly after we got to bed. It was time to get up, load up the engine, and head to Lake County; the first of many sleepless nights.

We met our strike team and drove through the night. By morning we were in place and ready to get to work.  Because of the lack of available resources for the incident, we were given a working assignment immediately.  We saw a lot of extreme fire activity and were assigned to protect homes from the approaching fire. We worked hard and did everything we could to save as much property as possible.

We spent a week in Lake County before getting re-assigned to Trinity.  Our assignments here were varied: some days we were flowing water and working alongside bulldozers, we assisted the public in getting their homes ready for the approaching fire, and other times we offered advice and helped wherever we could. There was always something to do. Our shift officer had been so diligent in keeping up with our training ahead of time there wasn’t anything we weren’t prepared for.

As a new firefighter I was really fortunate to work with the crew from C shift. They are seasoned veterans and really know their craft. They never complained or seemed to get tired; they were always willing to do whatever was needed to be done. They knew what to expect and were well prepared for anything that might come our way. Our crew maintained the same professionalism that is shown on a daily basis in Kentfield. It speaks to the quality of the organization when its members can maintain such a high standard after weeks of hard work and little rest.

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Kentfield Association of Firefighter’s Annual Pancake Breakfast

 

 Everyone is welcome to attend the Kentfield Association of  Firefighter’s Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.

 

Breakfast will be served by the Firefighters and their families at the Kentfield Fire Station, 1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., across from the College of Marin in Kentfield.

 

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Firefighter Safety and Survival Training

Kentfield Fire District Captain Dave Glenn leads training on firefighter safety and survival exercises with his crew.  Engineers Johnston, Viau, and Seasonal Firefighter Johnson practice safe escape techniques to use if they are trapped in a burning building.  These techniques include breaking through walls and exiting out windows.  When training, crews are dressed in full personal protective clothing to mimic the actual experience, giving the firefighter invaluable training.

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Public Workshop For Sir Francis Drake Blvd Rehabilitation and Improvements

Saturday, May 2, 2015

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Bacich School Community Center

699 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Kentfield

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