It's been over 86 years since the formation of the Marin County Association of Fire Departments over the course of 1928-1929. The group was formed "... for mutual aid and assistance to the various departments, to bring them into a closer relationship, with a central body, where matters could be discussed and acted on for the benefit of all…"
Initially, the support for such a cooperative undertaking was not widespread. 1929 was a year of great change in our country - the start of the Great Depression. It was also the year of the Great Mill Valley Fire, an incident which underscored the need for such a group. By 1930, the group had received a commendation from the Marin County Board of Supervisors for their efforts and purpose.
The Association lasted until 1963, when it was dissolved and the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association (MCFCA) was formed as it's successor. I'm sure the founders would be proud to know that MCFCA continues to act on the original intent from the late 1920's, that of planning for and carrying out regional cooperative efforts to benefit all. Read about these groups under the current and former associations pages on this site.
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