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Unanimous Vote Supports Consolidation of Mill Valley Fire Department And Southern Marin Fire District



On October 3, 2022, during a special joint meeting between the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors and the City of Mill Valley City Council, both bodies endorsed a joint resolution supporting consolidated fire services. Consultants from Citygate Associates provided a presentation and report. Additional discussion relative to the Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) process, as well as supporting comments from John Gray, Local 1755 Labor Attorney, Association Presidents, Mill Valley Assistant City Manager Alan Piombo, and Southern Marin Fire District Fire Chief Chris Tubbs, was provided. The Citygate Associates report reviews the merits of consolidation in-depth, answering questions regarding financial viability, operational efficiencies, and governance. The unanimous vote by City and District Leaders authorizes the City Manager and District Fire Chief to compile the LAFCo application to be submitted at the earliest convenience. Historically, the Mill Valley Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District have been working together with the shared Battalion Chief model and eventually with broader shared services. Staff on fire engines have been cross trained and assigned to each other’s stations for several years leading up to this moment.

The ultimate result of consolidated fire services is a “better together” approach that takes the strengths of both agencies to increase services to the public. Improved safety for the firefighters on the front lines every day, improved safety for our community, and strong governance offers a unique opportunity to enhance services at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

“We are excited about the efficiencies this relationship offers the community,” said Fire Chief Chris Tubbs. He said, “Consolidated efforts that enhance safety, increase financial resiliency, contain costs and improve bottom line services such as fire prevention are the exact results we feel our community demands.”

Fire consolidation is strongly supported by the Local 1755, fire department administration/City staff, and elected from both agencies. Broader communication and outreach strategy are forthcoming to ensure residents fully understand the process and benefits of the consolidated fire services.

For more information, contact Communications Coordinator Elysha Omoomy of Southern Marin Fire District, 28 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 2800, Sausalito, CA 94965 at 415-388-8182 or email at eomoomy@smfd.org