Welcome from Fire Chief Tubbs

On behalf of everyone in the Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire Department, welcome to our website. 

In January 2020 the City of Mill Valley and the Southern Marin Fire District entered into a shared services agreement that leverages existing staff from both agencies to create a new, single management team for both agencies.  

The District has 63.5 full time employees including a Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief, a Fire Marshal, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 9 Fire Captains, 13 Paramedic Engineers, 5 Firefighter Paramedics, 16 Firefighter Engineers, 4 Firefighters, 1 HR Manager, 1 Finance Manager, 1 Payroll Specialist, 1 Communications Coordinator, 1 IT Coordinator, 1 Administrative Aide, 3 (2 full-time and 2 part-time) Fire Inspectors, 1 Fire Prevention Specialist, and 1 Vegetation Management Specialist. In the spring of 2015, through a command level operational cost-sharing agreement we began sharing Battalion Chiefs with the City of Mill Valley.  In January 2020 we modified the agreement to include the Executive & Prevention Teams, resulting in a single management structure for both the Mill Valley Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District.  The District's Fire Chief serves as the Fire Chief for both agencies. This allows us to reduce administrative duplicity and create a single shared Training Division.

The City of Mill Valley brings a Deputy Fire Chief, 2 Battalion Chiefs, a part-time fire inspector, and a defensible space inspector to the combined team.  Combining the two agencies, there is a total of 93 employees who are proud to provide services to the community of Mill Valley and Southern Marin Fire District areas in a caring and professional manner. 

Effective July 1, 2023, Mill Valley Fire Department was officially annexed and consolidated agencies with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District. 

On July 11, 2023 the Southern Marin Fire Protection District hosted a consolidation ceremony and ribbon cutting event at Fire Station #6 in the City of Mill Valley. The anticipated event celebrated the consolidation of the Mill Valley Fire Department with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District. 


Our mission is to continuously meet the needs of our community in the most effective and efficient means possible. Our people do that daily through prevention, education and emergency response. The Mill Valley Fire Department has a rich history and has proudly served the community for over 100 years, and the new partnership with the Southern Marin Fire District builds on this rich history and service, bringing the best of each agency together to serve the larger community. 

Trained Responders

Mill Valley & Southern Marin firefighters are highly skilled and trained "all-risk" emergency responders providing services to Mill Valley out of two fire stations, and the Southern Marin Fire District out of three fire stations. Collectively we provide public education, inspection services, plan checking, vegetation management and post-incident fire investigation through our fire prevention efforts. 

Further Information

Feel free to explore the Southern Marin Fire District Website. We have tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, but if you can't find what you are looking for, please let us know. We are always eager to receive feedback and would love to hear your comments. 

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email or call 415-388-8182. 

Don't Call 911...When You Hear Sirens

Use 911 for life threatening emergencies only. Our Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) emergency warning system is tested on the first Saturday of each month at noon within the City of Mill Valley. If you hear the siren at any other time, tune in to KCBS 740 am and KGO 810 am and local TV stations for further information.

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