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Southern Marin Fire Protection District


Fire Prevention and Life Safety

Fire Prevention Bureau

Southern Marin Fire Protection District actively engages our community with education, inspections and fire safety information, in an effort to reduce loss of life and property from fires.

Download current Fire prevention and safety articles, as well as forms and documents related to fire prevention in Southern Marin.

Vegetation Management

NEW! 2020 SMFD Wildfire Hazard and Risk Assessment

In 2019, Southern Marin Fire Protection District’s Vegetation Management Program was established with the passing of Measure U. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has worked to identify hazards relating to wildfire for the City of Sausalito and the communities of Tam. Valley, Homestead Valley, Strawberry, Almonte, and Tiburon. A budget of $1,000,000 was established for the overall progress. With the creation of Southern Marin Fire's Vegetation Management Program, numerous projects and programs were created to help and protect the citizens within the district:

  • Removal of encroaching vegetation along paved roads
  • Creation of fuel breaks/buffer zones
  • Creation of FireWise Communities
  • Removal of flammable vegetation on City/County owned properties
  • Neighborhood chipper projects of various sizes
  • Creation of public education material and distribution
  • Individual home assessments
  • Address placarding
  • Evacuation drills
  • Designated parking 

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Download this file (Chipper Information Form.pdf)SMFD Chipper Information Form 2021[Southern Marin Fire District 2021 Chipper Informational Form]117 kB

Public Records Requests

Any member of the public, including the media and elected officials, may obtain copies of unrestricted records of this district by submitting a written and signed request for each record sought and paying any associated fees (Government Code § 6253).

  • Requests for Patient Care Records shall be forwarded to Wittman Enterprises

        Phone (800)906-6552

        FAX (916)381-5047


  • Requests for Incident Reports or Fire Reports shall be forwarded to the SMFD Fire District.

          Southern Marin Fire District, Attn: Custodian of Records

         28 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 2800

         Sausalito, CA 94965

         FAX: (415) 388-8181

         Email: adminaide@smfd.org

*for Fire Incidents/Fire Investigation reports, please include a check for $57 made out to Southern Marin Fire District

  • All other requests for records shall be forwarded to the Southern Marin Fire District Custodian of Records for review and disposition. Information in the request should include: 
  1. A statement that information is being requested under the California Public Records Act.
  1. A clear and specific description of the record being requested, including if possible, dates, subjects, titles or authors of the documents requested.
  1. If requesting a waiver of fees, a description of why the requestor believes a waiver is in the public interest.
  1. Requestor contact information, including name, address, phone, fax and e-mail.
  1. Any accommodation needed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

          (d) The processing of requests is subject to the following limitations:

  • Release of Records
  1. All requests should be date stamped upon receipt and logged on the Public Records Act request log.
  1. The Custodian of Records or the authorized designee shall determine if the requested record is available and, if so, whether the record is exempt from disclosure.

          (a) Either the requested record or the reason for nondisclosure will be provided promptly but no later than 10 days from the date of request, unless unusual circumstances preclude doing so.

          (b) If more time is needed, an extension of up to 14 additional days may be authorized by the Fire Chief or the authorized designee.

          (c) If an extension is authorized, the Custodian of Records shall provide written notice of the extension to the requesting party (Government Code 6253(c)).

  1. The District is not required to create records that do not otherwise exist in order to accommodate a request for information or records.
  1. If the Custodian of Records or the authorized designee determines the requested records should be disclosed, the records will be made available as soon as reasonably practicable.
  1. If the record requested is available on the district website, the requester may be directed to the location on the website where the record is posted. If the requester is unable to access or reproduce the record, a copy of the record shall be provided promptly (Government Code § 6253).
Download this file (SMFD Records Request Form 2020.pdf)Public Records Request Form (1/2020)[ ]333 kB

Transparent Government

Web Transparency Checklist For Special Districts

Our agency strives to provide constituents, members, and citizens information to help them fully understand our mission, administration, and operations.  This page helps locate important information related to transparency based on recommendations for administrative and financial data disclosure and best practices.  Not all recommendations shown here apply to our agency, however we've provided links to help you locate available information online.  If you need information that is not posted online, or have diffficulty locating a document, please feel free to contact us.  


Mission Statement (“What we do”), description of services/functions, and boundary of service area


Budget for current fiscal year, budget for the past three years, and financial reserves policy


Board meeting schedule, and archive of Board meeting agendas & minutes for at least the last 6 months

Elected & Appointed Officials

Board members (names, contact info, terms of office, compensation, and biography), election procedure and deadlines, and reimbursement and compensation policy

Administrative Officials

General manager (Fire Chief) and key staff (names, contact info, compensation, and benefits)


Current audit and audits for the past three years


Current requests for proposals and bidding opportunities (more than $25,000 in value), instructions on how to submit a bid or proposal, approved vendor contracts (more than $25,000 in value) - RFPs are also posted in "News" when available

Public Records

Public Record Request information and Downloadable PDF Form

Revenue Sources

Summary of fees received and summary of revenue sources

District Specific

Authorizing statute/enabling act (Principle Act or Special Act) and board member ethics training certificates

Local Representatives Contact Info


Employee Compensation

Board Compensation

Congressman Jared Huffman, 2nd District | San Rafael District Office: 999 5th Ave, Suite 290, San Rafael, CA 94901 | Phone (415) 258-9657

Marin County Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters, District 3 | 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 329, San Rafael, CA 94903 | Phone (415) 473-7331

Mayor Susan Cleveland-Knowles, Sausalito | 420 Litho St, Sausalito, CA 94965 | Phone (415) 754-8269





Personnel Committee


MEMBERS: Directors Dan St. John, Tom Perazzo and Stephen Willis serve on the Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month. 

Photo Gallery



Fire Boat

Public Events

Our Mission

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.

We are professional, proud, compassionate, highly-trained, and committed to utilizing state of the art technology to provide services that meet or exceed the expectations of our community.


28 Libertyship Way
Suite 2800
Sausalito, CA 94965

Tel: (415) 388-8182
Fax: (415) 388-8181

Emergencies: DIAL 9-1-1

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