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Join the Conversation: Important information about YOUR fire protection and emergency medical services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                     March 28, 2018

 Contact: Fire Chief Chris Tubbs (415) 388-8182

For questions regarding survey methodology, contact pollster Curtis Below at FM3 Research (510) 451-9521




Mill Valley, CA – A recently commissioned independent survey shows Southern Marin Fire Protection District residents are extremely concerned about the excellent fire and emergency medical services they rely on.

Residents view the District and its firefighters/paramedics in a strongly positive light. Ninety-one percent of residents feel safe and well protected in case of a medical emergency, and 75% believe that the District is doing an excellent job of protecting residents from wildland fires.

The community survey was conducted February 23rd through March 1st 2018 by opinion research firm FM3 Research, who has extensive experience polling in Northern California Fire Districts. Residents expressed strong support for maintaining key emergency medical and fire protection services such as attracting and retaining qualified professional paramedics, maintaining high cardiac and stroke survivability standards, maintaining local fire protection and 9-1-1 response times, and improving the District’s ability to react to and contain wildland fires.

“Over the last few years, we’ve worked hard to keep our residents safe,” said Fire Chief Chris Tubbs. “I’m thrilled that our residents feel protected and safe, particularly in light of last year’s wildland fires. We’re working hard to stay prepared for any situation. As we saw last October, we’re in danger if we’re not prepared, and this survey shows our services are highly valued.” “The American Heart Association says that brain deterioration starts four to six minutes after a person stops breathing,” added Chief Tubbs. “Unfortunately, the average 9-1-1 emergency response times in our community are longer, and 65% of our calls are medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.” Chief Tubbs continued, “We need to continue to make sure our residents receive emergency medical care quickly and prevent response times from getting longer.”

“We are currently evaluating how best to maintain these services, particularly protecting residents from wildland fires and rapid responses to medical emergencies,” continued Chief Tubbs. “Over the coming months, we will continue to engage the community and keep the public informed on how we will be maintaining and protecting the high quality services our residents need to keep them safe..”     

We welcome feedback from the community - please take a moment to download the one page survey form below, titled "SMFD Community Feedback Form", fill it out and mail it to us.  We would love to hear from you!           

March 28 2018 Press Release

2018 Community Survey Highlights

Southern Marin Fire Protection District Survey Results

SMFPD Community Feedback Form  or take the survey online below.


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The Mission of the Southern Marin Fire District is to contribute to Greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

We achieve our mission by providing the highest quality local and regional community risk reduction, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, marine response, disaster preparedness and community education services possible within the resources provided to us.

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