IAFF Member Disaster Assistance

Assistance for IAFF Members affected by Wildfires

Local 1775 and Local 1401 are operating the IAFF Operations Center at the Local 1401 Union Hall, 555 South E Street in Santa Rosa.  IAFF Members in need can go directly there for assistance.

The following information has been compiled for IAFF members and their families who’ve been affected by the October 2017 fires in Northern California.  Please check back regularly as this document will be updated when new information becomes available. 

Donations

www.gofundahero.com/campaign/detail/4913

October 9, 2017, a wind driven firestorm enveloped dozens of communities in Sonoma and Napa counties, California. Scores of homes were destroyed, and as of October 12, the fires are still largely uncontained, threatening thousands more. As firefighters risk their lives working to protect civilians, many have learned that their homes were consumed as well.

Most of these brave heroes are still on the firelines, and have not been able to even assess the damage or comfort their families. We now know that some of these firefighters lost family members, loved ones, and cherished pets in addition to losing all of their belongings.

This fund, managed by Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 (www.iaff1775.org) and Santa Rosa Firefighters, IAFF Local 1401 (www.srff.org) is the official fundraising platform to assist the many FIREFIGHTERS and their families who've lost homes. Funds raised here will be distributed equally among those in need - currently at least 40 firefighter families affected from IAFF Locals 1401 (Santa Rosa Firefighters), 1775 (Marin Professional Firefighters), 2881 (Cal Fire Firefighters), 55 (Oakland Firefighters), 798 (San Francisco Firefighters), 1415 (Petaluma Firefighters), and several other smaller agencies and locals.

100% of funds raised will go directly to the firefighters who've lost everything.

You may also text your donations - Text the word "FFSTRONG" to 41444

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In Memoriam: Marin's Fallen Firefighters

  • Lee MacDonald

    2012 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Occupational cancer
  • Jeffrey Powers

    2008 - Southern Marin Fire Protection District
    Cardiac Arrest
  • John Jones

    2008 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Occupational cancer
  • Edward Kelley

    2007 - Ross Valley Fire Department
    Occupational Cancer
  • Michael McCusker

    2006 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Occupational cancer
  • Richard Bissig

    2006 - Marin County Fire Department
    Occupational Cancer
  • Robert Paoli

    2006 - Marinwood Fire Department
    Cardiac Arrest
  • Steven Rucker

    2003 - Novato Fire Protection District
    Overrun by Wildfire
  • Gary Mennick

    2001 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Occupational Cancer
  • Sekou Turner

    2002 - Alameda Co. FD/Marin County FD
    Cardiac Arrest
  • Jeff Lee Wilson

    2001 Southern Marin Fire Protection District
    Heart Attack
  • Avery Clary

    Tiburon Fire District
  • Stan Bush

    San Rafael Fire Department
  • John Jones

    San Rafael Fire Department
  • Jeffery Wilson

    2001 - Southern Marin Fire District
    Occupational Cancer
  • Kenneth Mazza

    1982 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Cardiac Arrest
  • James Niven

    1978 - Larkspur Fire Department
    Fire Engine Crash Enroute to Structure Fire
  • Samuel J. Blumenberg

    1970 - Hamilton Field Fire Department
    Rescue Boat Accident
  • George Cavallero

    1969 - Novato Fire District
    Heart Attack While Responding to Fire
  • Thomas James Sutton Jr.

    1962 - Marinwood Fire Department
    Heart Attack While Responding to Emergency
  • Frank Kinsler

    1961 - Alto Fire Department
    Railroad Tunnel Fire, Tunnel Collapse
  • David A. Coutts

    1958 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Cardiac Arrest
  • William Bottini, Jr.

    1950 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Building Collapse During Structure Fire
  • Aubrey Miller

    1950 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Building Collapse During Structure Fire
  • Samuel Mazza

    Marin County Fire Department - 1948
    Heart Attack While Fighting Grass Fire
  • Louis H. Hewelcke

    1937 - San Rafael Fire Department
    Fighting Grass Fire
  • Robert "Bert" Meagor

    1936 - San Anselmo Fire Department
    Overrun by Wildfire
  • Clarence Grimm

    1932 - Marin County Fire Department
    Gunshot Wound
  • Walter A. Cook

    1924 - Sausalito Fire Department
    Building collapse, structure Fire

Who We Are

Marin Professional Firefighters is an association representing the career firefighters of Marin County, California.  Our membership consists of more than 400 firefighters from 11 local and county government fire departments and district.  Established June 1, 1968 with only 18 members, we now represent nearly every firefighter from every fire district, county, and municipal fire department in Marin.  As an affiliate of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) is Local 1775.

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Over the past three decades, firefighting has evolved from a common trade which was often performed by volunteers, into a highly demanding technical career. From Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services, Paramedicine, Terrorism/WMD, Heavy Rescue, Water Rescue, and Urban Search and Rescue, our job today is far more complex and technical, requiring more (and more varied) education, training, and dedication to succeed. During this period of unprecedented change, Local 1775 and the IAFF grew to provide leadership and guidance in professionalism, training, labor relations, safety, and community issues.  Our members take pride in the community involvement and leadership that Marin firefighters provide locally, statewide, and nationally.


Charity & Compassion

The spirit of charity and giving runs strong among Marin's firefighters, in a profession that attracts those who live to give back to their community.  Marin Professional Firefighters proudly supports these charitable organizations:

Solidarity & Diversity

Our association represents a diverse group of skilled, highly educated men and women, with nearly 100% membership among uniformed, professional "career" firefighters from every fire department, district, and community in Marin:

Marin Firefighter News

10 October 2017
Official fund raising platform for firefighters who've lost their homes in the Sonoma and Napa firestorm of 2017, managed by IAFF Local 1775 October 9, 2017, a wind driven firestorm enveloped dozens of communities in Sonoma and Napa counties, Califo...
04 August 2017
San Anselmo, CA. August 3, 2017. It is with profound sorrow that Ross Valley Fire Department announces the unexpected passing of Ross Valley Fire Department Engineer/Paramedic Chris Mahoney, age 39. Chris Mahoney was a Marin County native who was ...
15 March 2017
Marin firefighters will "Fill The Boot" for MDA April 14, 20, 22, and 23!  Help us help local families fighting neuromuscular disease! You can drop a donation into our boots at any one of our other roadside locations.  We need your help to ...
05 January 2017
Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775, regrets to inform our membership and families of the passing of Brother Michael Thomas Ortelle, Sr. (Mill Valley Fire Department, Alto Richardson bay Fire Protection District, Southern Marin Fire...

Contact Us

Mailing

P.O. Box 15 
Fairfax, CA 94978

Membership Questions

Secretary Todd Lando

Political Inquiries

Ken Martin, Political Director

Billing & Financial

Treasurer Geoff Larkin

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