The Marin County Association of Fire Departments was formed over 87 years ago "…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…" The group began shortly before the huge wildfire in Mill Valley and on Mt. Tamalpais in 1929. It was founded by only a few of the fire departments - the charter members were Cal Park, San Anselmo, and Kentfield. By the next month, Corte Madera and Mill Valley had joined, with Larkspur and Novato soon to follow. After the fire, however, eventually most if not all of the FD's joined in when it became apparent that everyone should work together. By 1930, the group had received a formal commendation from the Marin County Board of Supervisors.
Sadly, the group ended in 1963, but not before giving birth to the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association. This Sunday night MCFCA will hold the 52nd annual Installation Dinner, where in a traditional ceremony the outgoing officers and retiring chiefs will be recognized, awards will be given, and the new officers will be installed. Next week we'll be posting photographs and the details of that event. Read about the histories of the MCAFDs and MCFCA under our "More" menu, under the Current and Former Associations sub-menus. Included are the original minutes and by-laws from 1928 and 1929, along with the 1930 commendation from the BOS.
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