Most FD's in Marin were once fully volunteer, including San Rafael, with the exception of a few, including Hamilton AFB, Presidio Army bases in Southern Marin, San Quentin, and Skywalker Ranch. While most have transitioned to full-time career staff or combination, some still are fully volunteer. Most likely they always will be, due to being in rural areas without sufficient funding for career personnel. In addition, low call volumes don't justify full-time staff. Did you know that 69% of the roughly 33,000 FD's in America are volunteer? They protect roughly 60% of the population, typically in communities of less than 5,000 people.
This week we have posted the history of the Muir Beach Volunteer FD, a proud and successful organization that has a very close working relationship with the Marin County FD, Stinson Beach FD, and Southern Marin FD. Their annual Memorial Day Weekend Fund-raising BBQ is coming up in a month on Sunday May 24 - please consider attending and/or purchasing FD gear at the web site, http://www.muirbeachfire.com
Our Blog announces new site content, and gives the context of the topic and it's relationship to fire service history. Written by Tom Forster.