For Immediate ReleaseApril 09, 2019
Supervisors approve new positions funded partially by Open Space District
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Fire Department is growing by four positions for the next two years to improve personnel coverage at local stations, boost wildfire fuel reduction efforts and bolster its defensible space program.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the fixed-term positions during its April 9 meeting.
“This allows us to provide more consistent and experienced leadership to the two existing seasonal fire crews without reducing personnel assigned to engine companies and fire stations,” Fire Chief Jason Weber said.
On March 26, Marin County Fire announced the proposed enhanced partnership with Marin County Parks to use tax revenues from Parks’ Measure A to cover part of the firefighting enhancements. The partnership is providing $2.32 million over two years to help support a crew that will be assigned to reduce potential for damaging wildfires by cutting, chipping, removing, and burning hazardous vegetation using chainsaws, chippers, masticators and other specialized equipment. Parks’ contribution includes costs for project management and environmental reviews.
Emergency readiness is not only one of the Board of Supervisors’ top priorities, but a recent resident survey showed that disaster preparedness and environmental issues ranked among the top concerns of those living in Marin.
Residents are urged to register their contact information with Alert Marin notification system overseen by the Sheriff’s OES. More information about fire safety can be found on the Fire Safe Marin website and the Marin County Fire website. Learn about how to prepare an emergency kit at the Ready Marin website.
Jason WeberChiefMarin County Fire Department
33 Castle Rock Ave.Woodacre, CA 94973(415) 473-6717Email: Jason WeberMarin County Fire website