Administration

Jason Weber, Chief, Fire Department

The Executive Staff, Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief, oversee all Administrative and Operational aspects of the Marin County Fire Department by ensuring that all activities are in alignment with our mission, values and the best interests of the public we serve.

Fire Chief Jason Weber

Fire Chief Jason Weber

Chief Jason Weber has provided firefighting skill and leadership to Marin County Fire Department for over 18 years. In his current capacity, Chief Weber oversees all aspects of the department including: Emergency Operations, fire suppression, emergency medical services, emergency communications, vegetation management, fire training as well as managing the Departments contract with CAL-Fire.

He has served the Department as a Seasonal Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. Chief Weber holds an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Santa Rosa Junior College & a Bachelors Degree from California State University Long Beach and Chief Fire Officer Certification from the State Fire Marshals Office. Chief Weber served 14 years as President of the California Fire Exploring Association and his heavily involved in training and mentoring of new firefighters.

Deputy Chief Mark Brown

Deputy Chief Mark Brown

Deputy Chief Brown started his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1986 in Sonoma County.  He was hired by the Marin County Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1991 and worked his way up through the ranks to Deputy Fire Chief.  The Deputy Chief’s duties include commanding the emergency operations of the Fire Department which includes fire suppression, training, emergency medical services, communications, hazardous materials incidents, and other emergency responses.  Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Studies from Brandman University.  He is married and he and his wife have three adult boys.

Mark was a founding member of the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team, California Regional Task Force 1 and has functioned as a Rescue Squad Leader, Rescue Manager, Water Rescue Team Manager, Task Force Leader and he is currently a Sponsoring Agency Chief.

Mark is a Type I Operations Section Chief on Cal Fire Incident Management Team 4.  He is also one of the Incident Commanders of the North Bay Incident Management Team, a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team.  Mark is one of the Advanced All-Hazards Incident Management Course Curriculum Development Cadre members and instructor.  He is the current chair of the FIRESCOPE US&R Specialists Group and the former chair of the California Regional Task Force Leaders Working Group.

 

Battalion Chiefs

Fire Marshall, Scott Alber

Scott Alber - Battalion Chief, Fire Prevention Officer

As Fire Marshal, Chief Alber is responsible for administering and managing the department’s Fire Prevention Bureau, which includes coordinating the fire department’s reviews of access, vegetation management, and fire protection water supplies for all prospective land development projects in the county’s jurisdiction, as well as plan reviews for fire suppression and fire alarm systems. He conducts fire safety inspections of businesses, schools, assembly, hotel/apartment, hazardous, and storage occupancies. Chief Alber also serves as lead fire investigator for the Marin County Fire Department, and as a team leader of the Marin County Fire Investigation Team.

His duties include representing the fire department on various county and citizen committees, public education, and supervising the county’s vegetation management/mitigation program. He is also responsible for coordinating the department’s engine company inspection programs, and for code and standard development.

After his graduation from SDSU with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Chief Alber began his professional career as a Structural and Environmental Test Engineer in the aerospace industry. After achieving registration as a professional Mechanical Engineer, followed by registration as a Fire Protection Engineer, he worked for an engineering consulting firm specializing in fire-related failure analysis, followed by employment as a consulting engineer and project manager for a major Fire Protection Engineering consulting firm.

Chief Alber began his career in the fire service (third-generation) in 1999 as the Fire Prevention Officer with the Sausalito Fire Department. He was appointed Fire Marshal by the Marin County Fire Department in 2002. In addition to his service as Fire Marshal, Chief Alber served on the board and as President of the Fire Prevention Officers Section of the Marin County Fire Chiefs’ Association (2002), as well as a Co-Chair of the Fire Code Committee (2002-2005), board member (2005-2010) and President (2009) of the Northern California Fire Prevention Officers Section of the California Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Chief Alber has achieved designation as Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and designation as a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He is also expecting to graduate in the fall of 2013 from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program.

EMS Battalion Chief Mike Giannini

Mike Giannini - Battalion Chief, Emergency Medical Officer

Battalion Chief Giannini began his career in Marin County in 1978 working for a private ambulance company. In 1980, he graduated from the paramedic program at Stanford University Hospital and spent four years honing his medical skills in the South Bay.

In 1984, he became one of the original paramedics to work for the newly formed Ross Valley Paramedic Authority. Soon thereafter, he joined the ranks of the Marin County Fire Department. He rose through the ranks and currently holds the position of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officer with the department. Chief Giannini believes that the EMS system in Marin is one of the best in the nation based on the dedicated professionals that take care of our residents and visitors every day of the week. He also believes that the fire department is extremely fortunate to be able to work with a very collegial group of stakeholders and community partners.

Chief Giannini currently participates in numerous County committees and sits as the EMS Section President for the California Fire Chiefs Association.

Battalion Chief 1513, Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts - Battalion Chief

Responds to fire alarms and other emergencies and directs the deployment of fire companies and equipment; plans, assigns and coordinates activities and staff in ventilation, fire extinguishment, salvage work, and search and rescue operations; assesses and analyzes staff complement in relation to apparatus and equipment capabilities and the needs of each fire company; serves as liaison to outside agencies such as the California Department of Forestry and neighboring fire districts to outline cooperative pre-plans in anticipation of major fires or other emergencies; supervises fire inspection services; organizes and directs fire prevention programs; Reviews and recommends changes in standard operating procedures within the framework of departmental policies; enforces departmental rules and regulations and maintains discipline among staff; participates in employee selection process and evaluates job performance and skill level of shift personnel; assists in preparing assigned program budgets to be included in annual departmental budget; may review, evaluate and reorder expenditure priorities; writes reports and maintains records.

Prior to Joining the Marin County Fire Department Chief Roberts was one of the original paramedics in the Sonoma Valley and was a Volunteer Fire Fighter with the Valley of the Moon Fire Department.

Chief Roberts Joined the Marin County Fire Department on June 1, 1986 as a paramedic. He was a certified paramedic with the department for 28 years and has risen through the ranks to the current position of Operations Battalion Chief.

Chief Roberts is an Operations Section Chief ( type 1 and 2) and has served with Cal-Fire Command teams for 5 years. He is also a Branch Director and Division group supervisor.

Fire Captain Specialist 1521, Fire Crew, Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh - Fire Crew Superintendent

Supt. Walsh has been a firefighter since 1984 where he worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He held the ranks of Firefighter, Helitack Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Captain Specialist, and Battalion Chief. He worked in the San Benito-Monterey, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, and Riverside Units for CALFIRE.

Tim began working for the Marin County Fire Department in 1998 as a Fire Captain Specialist. He has served as a GIS Technical Specialist for a CALFIRE Incident Command Team and also as a Fire Behavior Analyst for a U.S. Forest Service Type I Incident Management Team.

In 2004, Supt. Walsh started the Tamalpais Fuels Crew as a pilot project. That project has evolved into the Tamalpais Fire Crew that performs vegetation management and wildland fire response in and out of Marin County.

Chief Jeremey Pierce

Jeremey Pierce - Battalion Chief

Jeremey Pierce is a Battalion Chief for the Marin County Fire Department. Jeremey started his career as a Paramedic in Glendale, CA. in 1990. He was hired in 1991 with Marin County Fire Department as a Paramedic/Firefighter, and worked his way up through the ranks until promotion to Battalion Chief in 2013. Jeremey is a founding member of the Marin County US&R team. He has held the position of Medical Unit Leader, Rescue Team Manager and currently Task Force Leader for CA RTF-1.

The Operations Battalion Chief’s duties include commanding the emergency operations of the shift, which includes fire suppression, training, vegetation management, emergency medical services, communications, hazardous materials incidents, and other emergency responses. Jeremey is CICCS qualified as strike team leader, division group and taskforce leader.

Chris Martinelli - Battalion Chief

Chris Martinelli is a Battalion Chief for the Marin County Fire Department. Chris started his career as a Volunteer Firefighter with Bolinas Volunteer Fire Department in 1995. He was hired by Marin County Fire Department as a Seasonal Firefighter in 1996, and worked his way up through the ranks, promoting to Battalion Chief in 2014. Chris has been a member of the Marin County US&R and Water Rescue teams. He has held the positions of Rescue Technician, Squad Leader, and currently is a Rescue Manager for CA RTF-1. Chris manages the department's Seasonal Firefighting program, is involved with Cal Fire's C-Faller and S234 Cadres, and coordinates disaster preparedness in West Marin.

The Battalion Chief’s duties include commanding the emergency operations of the shift, which includes fire suppression, training, vegetation management, emergency medical services, communications, hazardous materials incidents, and other emergency responses. Chris is CICCS qualified as strike team leader, division group and taskforce leader.

Chief Christie Neill

Christie Neill - Battalion Chief, Vegetation Management Program

Christie Neill started her career in 1984 as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service. She worked her way up through the ranks working on engines, helitack, and hotshot and fuels crews, including Fuels Battalion, Forest Division Chief positions until moving to the USFS Regional Office as Regional Fuels and Fire Use Specialist. Christie has an A.S. in Forestry and Technical Fire Management Certification from Colorado State University. She promoted to the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office 2004 -2014 where she held both the Deputy Regional Fire Management Officer Fuels and Operations positions. Christie retired with 30 years of federal service and moved to Marin County Fire as Vegetation Management Program Battalion Chief in November 2014.

Christie is responsible for coordination and implementation of various projects and programs including oversight of Green Waste and Defensible Space Inspection Program, updating Community Wildfire Protection and Countywide Fire Plans, identification of vegetation management projects and needed environment compliance process, grant acquisition, CAL FIRE data reporting; is a liaison to Fire Safe Marin and FireWise Community development and support.

Christie has served on both Type 1 & 2 Federal Interagency Incident Management Teams in operations, plans and safety positions since 1996 as is currently a Type I Planning Section Chief on a Federal Interagency Type 1 Team. She serves as a coach and evaluator on the S-520 Steering Committee and Cadre and instructor for NWCG and All Hazard Planning Section Chief & Resource Unit Leader courses.

Administrators

The administrative section oversees a comprehensive set of administrative duties including personnel processes, budget management, accounts payable and receivable, management of tax-based revenue, contract management, complying to subpoena requests and administrative duties related to management of the department’s Seasonal Firefighter program.  In addition, administration manages special events and supports local emergency incidents with logistical and administrative needs and is trained to provide incident support for larger statewide emergencies in compliance with State Incident Command System requirements.

Administrative Services, Phoenicia Thomas

Phoenicia Thomas - Administrative Services Officer

Phoenicia has been with the County since 1995, and transferred to County Fire from the Auditor’s Office in 2001. Her duties include budget, personnel and administrative activities. She works with the budget and permit fees as well as accounts payable and receivable, management of tax-based revenue, and supports local and statewide emergency incidents with logistical and administrative needs.

Accounting Technician, Kellie Sullivan

Kellie Sullivan - Account Technician

Kellie has been with the county since 1998, and transferred to County Fire from the District Attorney’s Office in 2002. Her duties include personnel and administrative activities: accounts payable/receivable, personnel time entry, Custodian of Records, records management, and support at local and statewide emergency incidents with logistical and administrative needs.