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Congratulations to our Next Firewise Community

As we see California experience one its worst fire seasons in recent history, this is the time, more than ever, to create defensible space around your home. Since 2014, the Mill Valley Fire Department has been vigorously working with individual home owners and whole neighborhoods by educating on proper defensible space and emergency preparation. 

One program that has become increasingly popular with the community is the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program.  The Firewise USA® program provides a collaborative framework with neighbors and the Mill Valley Fire Department to reduce wildfire risks.  The national recognition program’s annual criteria is designed to empower and engage residents living in wildfire prone areas with a plan and actions that can increase their home’s chances of surviving a wildfire, while also making it safer for firefighters.

Currently, Mill Valley has seven Firewise Communities. Congratulations to Mill Valley’s newest Firewise Community is the Marsh Drive Homeowner’s Association

In order to become a Firewise Community, there are a few simple steps and the Mill Valley Fire Department is ready to help: 

  1. Complete a Wildfire Risk Assessment:The Mill Valley Fire Department performs this assessment by evaluating each house with in the neighborhood.
  2. Create a Board or Committee:Can be two or three members of the neighborhood
  3. Create an Action Plan:The Mill Valley Fire Department performs this function.
  4. Public Education Outreach: A minimum of one outreach event or meeting is required in which the Mill Valley Fire Department will attend.
  5. Wildfire Risk Reduction Investment:at a minimum, each site is required to annually invest the equivalent of one volunteer hour valued at $24.14 (the rate is based on the 2017 annual National Hourly Volunteer Rate; which is updated every year) per dwelling unit* in wildfire risk reduction actions.For more information on investment types, contact Battalion Chief Scott Barnes at 415-389-4139 or sbarnes@cityofmillvalley.org
  6. Apply online 

For more information on becoming a Firewise Community, please visit www.firewise.org or contact Battalion Chief Scott Barnes at 415-389-4139 or sbarnes@cityofmillvalley.org.