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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.