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.
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:
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.
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.