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

FREE Firewise Workshop: Saturday June 11, 2016

All Ross Valley and Marin county residents are invited to attend a free, one-day seminar providing an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions you can take to protect your home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires (hint: if you live in the Ross Valley, or anywhere in Marin).  Taught by a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

Seating is limited to 50 attendees.  9:00am – 4:00pm



Sat, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960


Online registration is required at www.shfpd.org
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.


Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

The FREE workshop will cover:

  • The Wildfire Threat: Perceptions versus Reality- What are the major issues that contribute to wildland/urban fire loss?  What are the most commonly held myths about wildfires?
  • Understanding Wildand/Urban Fire- Discusses the history, context and sequence of wildland/urban fire disasters, the science and research of how landscape fires ignite homes and advances in reducing wildfire exposure.
  • Identifying and Mitigating Wildfire Hazards- What is a home Ignition Zone?  How to identify and mitigate structural and vegetative wildfire hazards.
  • Firewise Communities/USA: From Residences to Communities-Sharing success stories, best practices and next steps.


Courses are taught by expert presenters from the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities Program.

Module 1 The Wildfire Threat: Perceptions versus Reality Provides a summary of the major issues that contribute to wildland/urban fire losses in the U.S., the characteristics of Wildland/Urban areas and the myths of wildfires and their impact on dealing with this issue.

Module 2 Understanding Wildland/Urban Fire Discusses the history, context, and sequence of Wildland/Urban fire disasters, the science and research of how landscape fires ignite homes, advances in reducing wildfire exposure and the characteristics of the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ).

Module 3 Identifying and Mitigating Wildfire Hazards Identifies the elements that define the Home Ignition Zone. Examination of structural and vegetative wildfire hazards in the HIZ (class exercise) and the social aspects of understanding and applying mitigation actions before wildfire emergencies.

Module 4 Firewise Communities/USA®: From Residences to Communities Summarizes wildfire mitigation successes and the steps involved in moving from individual residences to the Firewise Communities/ USA® Recognition program.

Earn CEUs | Each attendee will earn .7 valuable CEUs that will keep them up-to-date on their training. NFPA On-Site Workshops are accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training, (IACET), the industry standard for quality and excellence in professional development programs. Society of American Foresters CFE credits will be available.

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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.

Contact Us

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

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