First organized in 1890 as a volunteer force, the Mill Valley Fire Department has come a long way from its days…More of beating fires out with wet potato sacks and an old 1924 American La France. Firefighters are specialized in a wide range of skills in addition to firefighting and emergency medicine, including fire investigations, high-angle cliff rescue, Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams, CPR and first aid instruction.
Mill Valley's heavily wooded canyons and the steep terrain of the community have the department on constant alert for the threat of a major wildfire. The department's two stations are manned with seven fire fighters on duty and 24 line personnel, using four pieces of equipment on a shift: Two engines with 500 gallons of water each, one wildland fire engine and one command truck.
Marin County Fire - Throckmorton Ridge 816 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA94941 The Marin County Fire Department's Throckmorton Ridge station responds to wildland fires on the southern and west Marin…More coast, Mt. Tamalpais and the urban-interface areas above Mill Valley. The department protects Muir Beach, Muir Woods and the unincorporated areas surrounding Mill Valley. It also responds to fires at the Muir Woods National Monument and the Marin Municipal Watershed. The Throckmorton Ridge station was rebuilt in 2006 and has won awards for architecture and energy efficiency. It is manned by two firefighters in the winter and four in the summer.
Vegetation Management 1 Hamilton Dr, Mill Valley, CA94941 Vegetation Management is a special program set up by the city council to reduce the chance of wild fires. Its services…More include maintenance of paved roads and city-owned land, the creation of buffer zones along ridge lines and the establishment of fuel breaks. The program also removes dead oak trees that may present a fire hazard. Furthermore, it maintains a special hotline that is available day or night if you have any questions. Vegetation Management is located inside the fire department on Hamilton Drive.
On land inhabited by the Coast Miwok as many as 12,000 years ago, Mill Valley spawned from a Mexican government land…More grant to set up Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio on a wide swath of Southern Marin. The grant was issued in 1834 to John Thomas Reed, who built the town's namesake sawmill in Old Mill Park to provide lumber for the new military post being built in the Presidio in San Francisco.
The town was incorporated in September 1900, and the first Town Hall was constructed seven years later. By 1910, the town's population was 2,500 and has only grown to 13,200, as of 2008. The current City Hall was built in 1937. Public buildings and facilities opened throughout the decades, but City Hall remained the hub for local government.
While the Public Safety Building, constructed in the 1970s, is home to the city's police and fire departments, most city agencies are housed at City Hall. City Manager Jim McCann coordinates all city departments through eight department directors, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Planning and Building, Public Works Director, Finance and Human Resources Director, Parks and Recreation Director, City Librarian, and the General Manager of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.