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Battalion Chief Tom Welch.jpgFire Chief Tom Welch 
Fire Marshal, Emergency Medical Services 

Tom Welch has 22 years of public safety experience. The last 13 years have been with the Mill Valley Fire Department serving at various ranks to include Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal, Fire Captain and Engineer Paramedic. Tom has been an active participant on many teams and committees throughout Marin County, such as Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team for 12 years as the Medical Manger and is currently involved as a Plans Section Chief with the North Bay Incident Management Team. He is an active member of the Marin County Fire Prevention Officers Association serving as the Secretary for 2013.

Initially, Tom started as a volunteer firefighter with the Old Shasta Fire Protection District and Shasta County Fire Department (Keswick) located outside of Redding, CA, serving 10 years at various ranks to include Fire Chief. His education includes a Master’s Degree in Fire Service Administration as well as the California State Chief Officer Certification. Tom is a current student of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

Battalion Chief Scott Barnes Battalion Chief Scott Barnes.jpg
Vegetation Management and Logistics

Scott Barnes is a 25 year fire service veteran. He began his career as a firefighter at the Alameda Naval Air station and came to the Mill Valley Fire Department as a Firefighter Trainee in 1991. Scott has held the ranks of Firefighter Trainee, Firefighter and Captain. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2010. He is an Operations Chief responsible for Logistics and Vegetation Management.

Scott is an active member of the Marin County Fire Chief's Association's Operation Chiefs Section and was president of the Operations Section in 2012. He is a current board member for FIREsafe Marin and a member of the Marin County Incident Management Team. Scott has an Associates in Arts degree in Fire Service Technology, is certified through the state of California as a Company Officer and Chief Officer and is an accredited as a Company Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is currently completing course work to earn his bachelors' degree in Fire Service Administration.

Scott is married and has three children live in Corte Madera, California.

Battalion Chief Michael St John.jpgBattalion Chief Michael St. John
Training and Safety

Michael St. John is a 28 year fire service veteran. Michael started his career as a seasonal firefighter with the Marin County Fire Department in 1985 working three fire seasons before starting as a Trainee Firefighter with Mill Valley Fire Department in the fall of 1987. Michael also worked as a Resident Firefighter with Kentfield Fire Department from 1985 through 1988.

Michael is an active member of the Marin County Fire Chief's Association Operations and Training Sections. He has been a member of the Marin County Hazardous Materials Response Team since 1991 and is currently the Deputy Commander of the Team. Michael is certified through the California Incident Command Certification System as a Strike Team Leader and Type II Safety Officer Trainee. As a volunteer, Michael serves at the Unit Leader of the Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and is an instructor in Predator Abduction searches for the California Office of Emergency Services. Michael is an accredited Fire Officer through the Center for Professional Excellence and has an AA degree through Coastline Community College.

Michael is a Marin native and lives in Fairfax with his wife and daughter.


Last updated: 6/21/2016 11:31:09 AM