On November 7th, Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Maggie Lang met with approximately 120 members of the Outdoor Art Club and the greater Mill Valley Community to discuss important elements of defensible space near homes, family preparedness as well as essential information regarding neighborhood and community evacuation.
“Your home will have its best chance of surviving a wildfire if you address both vegetation and other combustible materials on your property,” Chief Welch said. He pointed out that working together as a neighborhood to remove excessive vegetation is a key factor in having a better chance of surviving a wildfire.
The event was well received by the Club and community with an active dialogue during the follow-up question and answer session. Chief Welch provided informational handouts at the event, which are available for the community at Mill Valley Fire Station 7 (1 Hamilton Dr.) Information on evacuation,defensible space, and emergency preparedness can also be found on the City of Mill Valley’s website.
The conversation wrapped up with a discussion about the pilot program for Neighborhood Response Groups.
The Mill Valley Fire Department team members have attended and spoken at various civic events throughout this year. Community members are welcome to contact the Fire Department at firstname.lastname@example.org request future speaking engagements.