"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves. and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future." - Robert Penn Warren
We are going to guess that most of the current generation of firefighters serving in Marin County have never heard of the Homestead Valley Fire District. Some would not even know where the unincorporated Homestead Valley area is located.
Read about this former department under our Departments>Former>Homestead Valley page, in what starts to tell the story of their birth, life, and eventual merger into the Tamalpais Fire Protection District. We'll later add to this account, and tell the story of Tamalpais FPD. These two departments are part of the foundation of five departments that eventually consolidated into the Southern Marin Fire Protection District that exists today.
Thanks to retired Sonoma County DES Chief and former Tamalpais Valley member Tim Exline, to retired Southern Marin FPD Chief Jim Irving, and to long-time Homestead Valley resident Chuck Oldenburg of the Mill Valley Historical Society for their help with this.
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