The History of the Corte Madera Volunteer Fire Department Ltd., starting in 1908 and in formal existence from 1910-1975, full story coming.
For now we are sharing the oldest known film footage featuring the Marin County fire service, a film from 1931 of building their own fire house.
We believe this wonderful film below was shot by George Niven, a Larkspur businessman who lived in Corte Madera. He was the father of Jim Niven, a Larkspur Volunteer Firefighter tragically killed in 1978 while responding to a fire. Click on the symbol in the lower right to the left of the word vimeo for full screen. Thanks to the Larkspur Volunteer Fire Foundation for sharing this film.
A mural for a New Years Eve Dinner held by CMVFD Ltd. on December 31, 1950. The mural was created and drawn by long-time Volunteer Fireman Stan Ferguson, who spent his career in editorial cartooning for the San Francisco Examiner. Image courtesy Corte Madera Volunteer Fire Department Ltd. historical archives.