Big Cat Advertising 10 Commercial Blvd, Novato, CA94949 Originally founded as RPM Advertising in 1986, Big Cat Advertising of Bel Marin Keys serves clients in Novato and the…More surrounding areas. It offers a broad range of services, including print campaigns, web development, web advertising and e-blasts. Clients have included Circle Bank, the Agricultural Institute of Marin, the Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dominican University, Marin Symphony Orchestra, Novato Fire District and Pacheco Plaza shopping center. Big Cat is operated by the husband/wife team of Marty Rubino and Gayle Peterson, partner Leonard Sbrocco and their staff.
The internationally accredited district, founded in 1926, serves nearly 64,000 people and covers 71 square miles. As…More a district, it is not part of the city government and survives mostly on assessments from local property taxes.
The district traces its history to the establishment of a volunteer fire brigade in 1894. The first vehicle purchased by the district was a 1923 Ford that remains on display at the Fireman's Fund Insurance building on San Marin Drive, and it is driven in the annual Fourth of July Parade. In fact, the fire district is 34 years older than Novato, which was incorporated in 1960.
The district, overseen by Chief Marc Revere, has five stations around the city: Redwood Boulevard (Station 1), Atherton Avenue (Station 2), San Marin (Station 3), Ignacio (Station 4) and Hamilton (Station 5). Its annual budget is approximately $23.5 million.
In August 2009, the Center for Public Safety Excellence granted international acceditation to the district, a first for Marin County and only the fifth time a California district received the honor. The district has a Fire Explorer program for teens interested in firefighting as a career, and it offers countless classes on public safety awareness for the public.