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News from Ross Valley Fire Department, serving Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, and Sleepy Hollow in Marin county, CA.
Feb
21

Fire Safety for Older Adults

The facts speak for themselves: the relative risk of Americans over the age of 65 dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population. The risk worsens as age increases. People age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. The leading cause of fire deaths in older adults is smoking and the leading cause of fire injuries in older adults is cooking. There are a number of precautionary steps older Americans can take to dramatically reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty, including: Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke...
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Jan
19

Ross Valley Fire Department Welcomes Our Newest Firefighter

Jesse Olivotti of Fairfax was presented his badge today by Fire Chief Roger Meagor. Jesse was hired this month after the retirement of Engineer/Firefighter Ned Farnkopf after more than 32 years of service to our community.  Jesse is a life long resident of our community and it’s a pleasure to welcome him to the RVFD family. He began his career with RVFD in 2009 as a volunteer.
Jan
10

2012 CPR Class Schedule Updated

Ross Valley Fire Department has released their 2012 CPR Class Schedule. Public “HeartSaver CPR” from the  American Heart Association  are offered several times each year at Fire Station 21, in Fairfax . Students will learn how to perform CPR and how to relieve airway obstructions or choking in adults, children and infants. The class is geared for non-health care professionals who want to be ready in case of an emergency.  This class is not for healthcare professionals. To learn more about our CPR classes or view the schedule in our Public Education section, click here...
Sep
11

9/11 Monument Dedicated September 11, 2011

Ross Valley Fire Department dedicated a monument to the victms of the 9/11 attacks September 11, 2011. Made from a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center, the monument was erected by Ross Valley firefighters and volunteers with funding provided by the Ross Valley Firefighter's Club.

The ceremony was atended by more than 200 residents and visitors, as well as uniformed firefighters, police officers, and airline personnel from American and United airlines.

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Aug
24

Ross Valley Fire Department brings a part of 9/11 history to Marin County

The Ross Valley Fire Department has obtained a piece of steel recovered from one of the World Trade Center's twin towers and is using it to create a monument to those who died on 9/11.

The concrete and stucco monument that will house the relic will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony at 9:11 a.m. Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. The monument will be placed permanently at the entrance to the Ross Valley fire station at 777 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo.

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Aug
24

Ross Valley Fire Department brings a part of 9/11 history to Marin County

The Ross Valley Fire Department has obtained a piece of steel recovered from one of the World Trade Center's twin towers and is using it to create a monument to those who died on 9/11.

The concrete and stucco monument that will house the relic will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony at 9:11 a.m. Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. The monument will be placed permanently at the entrance to the Ross Valley fire station at 777 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo.

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Jul
01

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: New State Law

A new state law goes into effect on July 1st, requiring all California homeowners with an attached garage or fossil fuel source to install a carbon monoxide detector.  Follow this link and read the article for information from the State Fire Marshals Office.

According to CalFire, 90% of all California homes are without carbon monoxide detectors, a device that saves lives. Fuel fired appliances, such as cooking stoves, heaters, and gas dryers can produce this odorless gas without the homeowner knowing it. When these appliances aren’t working properly, they can give off deadly amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so it’s easy to ignore the warning signs.  

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Jun
17

Structure Fire June 16, 2011: Press Release

Ross Valley Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 71 Longview Ave., San Anselmo June 16, 2011. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire involvement to the rear of a multi-story residential structure, with fire extending inside the building. Firefighters requested a second alarm, with additional personel and engines from Ross, Marin County, San Rafael, Kentfield, Corte Madera, and Mill Valley responding to the scene, and engines from Larkspur and San Rafael covering Ross Valley fire stations. The cause is currently under investigation.  View Press Release
Apr
26

Fire Chief Richard Evans McLaren. 1917-2011

Fire Chief Richard McLaren

Fire Chief Richard Evans McLaren, June 12, 1917 ~ April 19, 2011. The final alarm sounded at 7:35pm for Richard (Dick) McLaren, retired Fire Chief of the San Anselmo Fire Department. His 93 year old engine just gave out.

Dick was born to Peter and Alice McLaren in 1917 and remained a life-long resident of San Anselmo. He was raised with his late sister, Ruth McLaren Thornton, in a home above the P.C. McLaren Livery Stable at the corner of San Anselmo and Ross Avenues.

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Jan
14

Welcome to Our New Website for 2011!

Ross Valley Fire Department is happy to introduce an updated website for 2011.  Offering an updated navigation structure, new graphics, and a simple interface, our new web presence allows us to share important information, documents, images and stories more quickly and efficiently.  Please check back frequently for updates, events, news and new features!  We made an effort to transfer all content and documents from our old website, however, visitors may access that site temporarily by clicking here.
Oct
14

Roadway Vegetation Removal Project to Commence Summer 2010

Roadway clearance is essential to allow emergency vehicles to quickly and safely access the scene of a fire, while at the same time allowing residents to escape.  Federal funds from a National Fire Plan Grant awarded to the Town of Fairfax will be used to remove vegetation that overhangs the roadway and along roadsides in neighborhoods targeted for their relative wildfire hazard.  Licensed Contractors and Certified Arborists will complete the ongoing work over the next 18 months.

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Jul
07

Fairfax Receives Federal Wildfire Hazard Grant

The Town of Fairfax and Ross Valley Fire Department are embarking on a major project to reduce wildfire risk.  We obtained a federal grant from the US Forest Service to help create roadside clearance and to provide community “Chipper Days” to assist homeowners in targeted neighborhoods dispose of hazardous vegetation around their homes.

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Aug
12

Ross Valley Firefighters Participate in Benefit for Burn Survivors

North Bay fire departments, including members of the Ross Valley Fire Department, and members of emergency response agencies roared through Marin County on Friday, May 14 for the 13th Annual North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
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Jul
07

Ross Training Burn

Ross Valley firefighters participated in three days of training burns in Ross.  Utilizing a residence that was slated for demolition, firefighters from Ross, Ross Valley, Larkspur, Kentfield and Marin County Fire Departments conducted numerous "live fire" exercises as part of their ongoing training.  

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Jul
07

Winter "Spare the Air" Days

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the public agency entrusted with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay.  Your local Police and Fire agencies do not enforce the "No-Burn" days.

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Our Mission

To protect the lives, property and environment of Ross, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow and Fairfax through education, prevention and community service in a professional and caring manner that is fair, honest, respectful and ethical.

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Ross Valley Fire Department
777 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960 USA
Tel: (415) 258-4686

For Emergencies, Dial 9-1-1