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Mill Valley Fire Department Bolsters Capabilities in Wildland Fire Response

The Mill Valley Fire Department has recently taken delivery of a new four-wheel-drive wildland fire engine. The new engine replaces a 20-year-old existing engine.  

It’s a welcome addition to our four fire engine fleet. We have three regularly used fire engines and one older fire engine kept as a ready reserve. Our new wildland fire engine offers enhanced safety for our firefighters, versatility, and capability for the surrounding hills of Mill Valley in addition to improved dependability. This fire engine will soon be joined by another new fire engine (a standard Type I response fire engine) which will replace a well-used 17-year-old reserve engine.

The new wildland fire engine was furnished through the City’s General Fund and cost $430,000.

To keep our community safe, we focus on four primary areas:

Education – Providing educational opportunities for our community about defensible space, evacuation, and structural hardening.

Enforcement – We inspect all wildland-urban-interface parcels for defensible space.  If you are seeing a home who needs a visit from us, please call 415-389-4130.  

Engineering Controls – Through funds provided by the Municipal Services Tax (MST) we are able to clear vegetation from crucial evacuation routes and make roadway improvements to enhance access and circulation.  We also regularly sponsor a substantial vegetation chipper programs and work with interested neighborhoods to create defensible space and fire prevention educational programs

Emergency Response – We have a robust firefighting team operating from modern fire engines.  The purchase of the new wildland fire engine only serves to enhance our response and keep our community safe.