Administrative Services Division
The Administrative Services Division is headed by the Administrative Services Manager who reports directly to the Fire Chief and is responsible for all administrative support functions for the District. The Administrative Services Manager also acts as the Secretary to the Board of Directors. .
The Finance Division is headed by the Finance Director, who is responsible for preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, payroll, accounting services, budget development and projections and vendor reimbursement. The Finance Director reports directly to the Fire Chief. The Division is also staffed by an Accounting Specialist who assists with payroll and vendor reimbursement; and a Purchasing Administrator who manages vendor contracts.
The Technology Division reports directly to the Fire Chief. An Information Analyst purchases, maintains, and updates computer hardware, software, website content, the District telephone system, and file servers.
The Technology Division also provides complex reporting information and data analysis to the Fire Chief, other Chief Officers and the Board of Directors.
Apparatus Maintenance Division
The maintenance division is responsible for the fleet maintenance and repairs for District apparatus and equipment. A full time mechanic, trained in diesel and fire apparatus repair is assisted by three firefighting personnel who perform vehicle maintenance responsibilities in addition to their normal assignments in the Operations Division.
The District maintains five fire stations, one administrative office, and a training facility. Maintenance of these facilities is accomplished through the use of District employees and private contractors.
The Human Resources Division
HR is responsible for the recruitment and selection of firefighters and all other career classifications within the District, managing implementation of items agreed upon through the Memorandums of Understanding with the District's three represented employee groups and non-represented employees; the Worker Compensation Insurance Program, staffing projections for suppression personnel, and disciplinary actions.
The Human Resources Manager serves as the Recording Secretary to the Personnel Commission and is the liaison for employees utilizing the Employee Assistance Program.
In February 1997, public safety agencies in Marin County agreed to begin developing a proposal for a countywide regional communications system. Under a joint powers agreement, the Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) was founded to accomplish this task. After an extensive process, Motorola was contracted to construct this new computer-controlled digital radio system. The new radio system was implemented county-wide in 2004.
MERA allows all of the fire, paramedic, police and public works employees within Marin County to communicate with each other. Many narrow canyon neighborhoods have gained critical emergency radio linkage for the first time, as will all the unincorporated areas of the County. The expanded system capacity will eliminate a repeat of the "disaster within a disaster" that occurred in the 1995 Mt. Vision fire, when the radio system overloaded to the point that many firefighters lost contact with central command.
The MERA voice radio communications network consists of the Motorola Digital Smartzone, UHF T-band trunked and simulcast communications network. It is designed to allow regional or wide area conversations between dispatch centers and mobile units operating throughout the county. The system consists of 17 antenna sites that provide maximum coverage throughout Marin County and beyond.
The following agencies comprise MERA: City of Belvedere, Bolinas Fire Protection District, Town of Corte Madera, Town of Fairfax, Inverness Public Utility District, Kentfield Fire Protection District, City of Larkspur, County of Marin, Marin Community College District, Marinwood Community Services District, City of Mill Valley, Novato Fire Protection District, City of Novato, Town of Ross, Ross Valley Fire Department, Town of San Anselmo, City of San Rafael, City of Sausalito, Southern Marin Fire District, Town of Tiburon, Tiburon Fire Protection District, Twin Cities Police, Marin County Transit District, Marin Municipal Water District, Stinson Beach Fire District.
For more information, visit the MERA website.