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Kentfield Fire District Blood Drive at the College of Marin May 19 & 20, 2020

The Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the College of Marin Gymnasium (across from Woodlands Market)

To make an appointment at this blood drive, visit vitalant.org and click donate and enter sponsor code: Kentfield Fire or contact Erik Humber at 415-747-8044 or by email at humlaw@pacbell.net.  Appointments are recommended.

The Blood Drive is sponsored by Kentfield Fire District and Marin Art and Garden Center.

See attached flyer for additional information.

 

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Don't Delay Your Call to 9-1-1; A Message from the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association

Don't delay your call to 9-1-1 if you're injured or are experiencing a medical emergency or have medical concerns associated with the Coronavirus. 

The Marin County Fire Chiefs Association has published the attached document for your information. 

For Immediate Release COVID.pdf 

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MERA Measure A Parcel Tax Exemption Application

Applications for the Low-Income Senior exemption for the Measure A Parcel Tax for the 2020-2021 tax year are now available.  Application filing deadline is on or before June 1, 2020.

The application and a Frequently Asked Questions flyer is attached for your reference.

 

MERA_Measure_A_FAQs_2020-2021_Tax_Year-0301.pdf

MERA_Measure-A-Low-Income-Senior-Exemption-Application-2020-21.pdf

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Seasonal Firefighter Recruitment 2020

The District is anticipating the need for seasonal firefighters this year. Staffing during the wildland fire season (3-8 months) may include Engine and Inspector assignments. 

  • Engine: Firefighters in Engine assignments fight wildland, rural, and structural fires and respond to various other emergencies including medical emergencies. Additional responsibilities include repairing equipment and general station housekeeping.
  • Defensible Space Inspector: The Defensible Space Inspector will conduct professional work in fire prevention or other related work. Examples of work tasks include but are not limited to one or more of the following:
    • Perform defensible space inspections in accordance with Public Resources Code Section 4291.
    • Increase awareness, knowledge and actions implemented by individuals and communities to reduce human loss and property damage from wildfires, such as defensible space and other fuels reduction activities, fire prevention and fire safe building standards.

Learn more and apply 

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EVACUATION ROUTE VEGETATION CLEARANCE GRANT

Kent Woodlands Evacuation Route Clearance Begins September 2019

Kentfield Fire Protection District has identified high hazard areas in the Kent Woodlands where improvements can be made to reduce the amount of hazardous vegetation located along PRIMARY and SECONDARY EVACUATION ROUTES. Many properties located on and around the Kent Woodlands were found to be non-compliant with fire code requirements for roadside vegetation clearance.

Kentfield Fire Protection District has partnered with FIRESafe MARIN and CAL FIRE to provide funding for the initial clearing of vegetation located along 8.73 miles of roadways, with a project budget of $130,991. Funding for this project is provided through a cooperative Fire Prevention Grant by CAL FIRE and California's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. During the months of September and October, 2019, for a period of 4-6 weeks, personnel from the Fire District and FIRESafe MARIN will be working with private contractors to begin the clearing of vegetation along the roadways.  Read below to learn more about this important program:

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Evacuation Presentation and Drill: May 30, 2019

Kentfield Fire Protection District, KWPOA, and FIRESafe MARIN will host an evacuation presentation and notification system "drill" for all Kent Woodlands residents May 30, 2019 at the Bacich community center from 7PM-9PM.  Be sure to register for Alert Marin (www.alertmarin.org) to receive the evacuation drill notification that evening.  Learn More about Marin's Emergency Notification Systems at www.firesafemarin.org/preparedness/evacuation.
 
All Residents of Kentfield and Central Marin Fire Districts are welcome to attend (Kentfield, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera).  Only residents of Kent Woodlands will receive the evacuation drill notification via Alert Marin.

Evacuation Preparedness and Notifications

During wildfires, Marin residents should be prepared to monitor multiple sources for fire and life safety information.  Emergency managers will use several methods to distribute fire information: Alert Marin, Nixle, Social Media, local TV and radio, and social media (Facebook and Twitter) are the primary outlets.  Don't neglect to use your own senses - look, listen, and smell for signs of fire and changing conditions!

ALERT MARIN

Emergency Alerts
WHEN DO WE USE IT?

  • When ACTION is needed at a SPECIFIC ADDRESS
  • Imminent flooding, wildfires, and evacuations with life safety implications
  • During-event information about evacuation routes, shelters, transportation
  • Other public safety incidents where lives may be at risk

NIXLE

Information Notices
WHEN DO WE USE IT?

  • When INFORMATION is needed in a ZIP CODE
  • Road closures, general updates, issues affecting larger areas
  • Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies
  • Police activity and general public safety information

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor
WHEN DO WE USE IT?

  • Less critical and low level UPDATES intended for larger populations
  • Traffic updates, road closures,incident updates, and contact information
  • Safety announcement, power outages, minor issues, frequent updates
  • Disaster recovery resources

ALERT MARIN

During a wildfire, "Alert Marin" is used to provide notice by phone, text, email, or app when an ACTION must be taken at a SPECIFIC ADDRESS.

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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 in
Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. Firefighters and command personnel are actively
engaged in fighting the large fires affecting those communities, protecting homes, and in
rescuing 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 adequate
staffing 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 and
many agencies have added additional staffing on duty.


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


Although there are no large fires in Marin County, no fires threatening Marin County, and no
evacuation orders anticipated we encourage you and your family to ensure that you have
defensible space surrounding your home and that you have a plan in the event you ever had to
evacuate 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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