Contents 1 History 2 Notable Incidents and Awards 3 Station & Apparatus locations 4 References

History[edit] The San Rafael Fire Department was first organized on December 5, 1874 when William Miller and J.B. Rice posted a notice in the Marin County Journal, calling for volunteer firemen. The organisation was first named the "San Rafael Hose Company Number One" but was then renamed the "San Rafael Hose, Hook and Ladder Company" to show the range of their equipment. There were 45 volunteers from a variety of trades including a justice of the peace and a school superintendent and were led by sheriff James Tunstede. Their first major appliance was a hose cart which was pulled by hand to a hydrant. The water supply of San Rafael used gravity to provide pressure and so a pump was not required. By the 1890s, the Company had 90 volunteer members, two hand pulled hose carts, two hose carriages and one hook and ladder wagon that was pulled by a rented team of horses when needed.[4][5] In 1945, the first full-time fire chief, Fred Schueuer was hired. In the mid-1980s, the first fire station had to be remodeled and upgraded. In that era, there was one station in San Rafael with 250 hydrants and 15 paid firefighters as well as a host of volunteers.[6] In 2008, led by firefighter Dave Holland, the San Rafael Fire Department upgraded its fire engines with the installation of solar panels on the vehicles. The electricity generated would be used to power computers, flashlights, and other equipment on the fire engine, so as to avoid depleting the vehicle's batteries or wasting fuel to recharge the batteries.[7][8] Fire Station 51 in June 2014. The San Rafael Fire Department has signed agreements with the fire departments of both the community of Marinwood and the City of Larkspur to pool together their equipment and facilitate the exchange of employees to make up for any labor shortages at any of the fire departments.[9][10] Larkspur and San Rafael announced that they intended to merge the administrative structures of both fire departments, though legally, the employees would still be considered employees of the fire department that hired them.[11] The Department is updating or reconstructing many of its stations. In 2016, plans were released for a brand new fire station 51 and 52. Stations 54, 55 and 57 would be dramatically remodeled. While this is happening, many new apparatus have been acquired, moving from a yellow color scheme to a more classic, red. The department took delivery of a Pierce arial ladder truck in 2016, and two Pierce engines in 2017. These appuruatus are red, consistent with two 2013 KME engines, and four 2011/2012 Chevy ambulances. In October 2017, the 100 year old station 51 was torn down in the process of the new public safety building, set to open in late 2019.

Notable Incidents and Awards[edit] In 2013, the department was praised for rescuing a horse which had fallen into a well. Water was pumped into the well to float the animal to the surface where a crane was then used to lift it out.[12][13] The department was granted an ISO Class 1 rating, the highest level available, in 2016.

Station & Apparatus locations[edit] The SRFD has 7 stations spread across the city.[2] Address Engine EMS (medic) Truck Other 51 1039 C St Engine 51 OES 358 Medic 51 Air Unit 51, Battalion 52/53/54 52 210 3rd St Engine 52, Engine 59 (reserve) Medic 59 (reserve) Brush 652 53 30 Joseph Ct Engine 53 (reserve) Medic 53 54 46 Castro Ave Engine 54 (cross staffed) Truck 54 55 (cross staffing) 955 Point San Pedro Rd Engine 55 Medic 55 Hose Tender 55 56 650 Del Ganado Rd Engine 56 Medic 56 (reserve) Air Trailer 56 57 3530 Civic Center Dr Engine 57 Truck 57 (cross staffed) USAR Trailer, EMS Trailer

References[edit] San Francisco Bay Area portal Fire portal ^ "Annual Report FY 2011-12" (PDF). City of San Rafael. Retrieved 17 February 2015.  ^ a b "Fire Stations". San Rafael Fire. Retrieved 17 February 2015.  ^ "About Us". City of San Rafael. Retrieved 18 February 2015.  ^ Marin County Museum (2009). Early San Rafael. Arcadia Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7385-5941-4.  ^ John Williams (2011), San Rafael Fire Department History  ^ Marin County Museum (2012). Modern San Rafael: 1940-2000. Arcadia Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-7385-9307-4.  ^ Jerrard, Jane (30 April 2008). "Solar Panel Adds Sun Power to San Rafael Fire Department Engine". FireRescue. PennWell Corporation (May 2008). Retrieved 3 January 2014.  ^ "Solar Panels Offer Fire Departments Far More Than Green Capital". Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment. PennWell Corporation. 16 (3). 3 March 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014.  ^ Hansen, Megan (10 July 2013). "Marinwood opts to share fire service with San Rafael". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 31 December 2013.  ^ Andersen, Gregory (23 October 2013). "Larkspur, San Rafael to share fire personnel". Marinscope Community Newspapers. Retrieved 31 December 2013.  ^ "San Rafael (SNR) - Larkspur (LRK) Fire Services One Operational Area - Sustainable Fire Service Model Unified Fire Command Staff". City of Larkspur. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013.  ^ Horse rescued from well at Californian ranch, BBC News, 29 May 2013  ^ 2013 Marin County Heroes Announced, American Red Cross, 24 Sep 2013  Coordinates: 37°58′25″N 122°31′52″W / 37.97361°N 122.53111°W / 37.97361; -122.53111 v t e California Fire Departments Counties Alameda Alpine Amador Butte Calaveras Colusa Contra Costa Del Norte El Dorado Fresno Glenn Humboldt Imperial Inyo Kern Kings Lake Lassen Los Angeles Madera Marin Mariposa Mendocino Merced Modoc Mono Monterey Napa Nevada Orange Placer Plumas Riverside Sacramento San Benito San Bernardino San Diego San Francisco San Joaquin San Luis Obispo San Mateo Santa Barbara Santa Clara Santa Cruz Shasta Sierra Siskiyou Solano Sonoma Stanislaus Sutter Tehama Trinity Tulare Tuolumne Ventura Yolo Yuba Cities, towns & CDPs Alturas Anaheim Auburn Bakersfield Berkeley Borrego Springs Brea Chico Chula Vista Costa Mesa Colusa Concord Corona Crescent City Downey El Centro El Monte Elk Grove Escondido Eureka Fairfield Fontana Fremont Fresno Fullerton Garden Grove Glendale Hanford Hayward Hollister Huntington Beach Inglewood Jackson Lakeport Lancaster Livermore Lompoc Long Beach Los Angeles Madera Martinez Marysville Menlo Park Merced Modesto Moreno Valley Napa Nevada City Newport Beach Oakland Oceanside Ontario Orange Oroville Oxnard Palmdale Pasadena Piedmont Placerville Pleasanton Pomona Rancho Cucamonga Red Bluff Redding Redwood City Richmond Riverside Roseville Sacramento Salinas San Bernardino San Diego San Francisco San Jose San Luis Obispo San Rafael Santa Ana Santa Barbara Santa Clara Santa Clarita Santa Cruz Santa Maria Santa Monica Santa Rosa Simi Valley Sonora Stockton Sunnyvale Susanville Torrance Ukiah Vallejo Ventura Victorville Visalia West Sacramento Willows Woodland Yreka Yuba City Districts Bennett Valley Gold Ridge San Ramon Valley Other departments CAL FIRE UC Santa Cruz UC Davis USAR Task Forces California Task Force 1 California Task Force 2 California Task Force 3 California Task Force 4 California Task Force 5 California Task Force 6 California Task Force 7 California Task Force 8 Category Commons Retrieved from "" Categories: Fire departments in CaliforniaSan Rafael, CaliforniaHidden categories: Pages using infobox fire department with unknown parametersCoordinates on Wikidata

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