YOU CAN SUPPORT THE MILL VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Mill Valley Volunteer fire Department was formed in 1895, when Mill Valley was called Eastland. In 1900, the City of Mill Valley was incorporated, and the Mill Valley Fire Department with a paid staff was formed in 1906. The Mill Valley Association of Volunteer Firefighters (MVAVF), made up of Mill Valley residents, has been serving the citizens of Mill Valley ever since. We are now a non profit 501(c)(3) association.
We augment the response of the paid staff of the Mill Valley Fire Department by responding, along with them, to fire and medical calls. Our Volunteers are required to put in at least 48 hours of service time, at either Station 6 or Station 7, per month. They are put through extensive training and certification and must demonstrate the abilities to perform all the same tasks that are required of the regular professional firefighters.
MVAVF also has social members, who do not respond to fires, but help in staffing our social events throughout the year, such as the Pancake Breakfast, or the Hot Dog Booth at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival.
We maintain the 1924 American LaFrance fire engine at Station 7. It is a 750 gpm rotary pumper, that was delivered to Mill Valley by rail car in 1925. It pumped water for three days straight, to help fight the 1929 fire on Mt. Tamalpais where 100+ homes were lost. The fire engine was restored in the early 70's, when it was in pieces at the city corp yard, and is in working condition today. You can see it in various events and parades in Marin County.
Tax free donations to our 501(c)(3) association are used for:
• Purchase of personal protection equipment (Wildland boots, turnout coats and pants) for the volunteer firefighters.
• Purchase of training equipment for the Mill Valley Fire department.
• Funding tuition for various training classes for the volunteers.
• Contributions to the Alisa Anne Rausch Burn Foundation and the annual "Burn Run."
• Purchase of equipment for the Mill Valley Little League.
• Regular contributions to the families or benefits for fallen firefighters.
• Ongoing maintenance of the original Mill Valley 1924 American LaFrance fire engine.