The Moreno Valley Fire Department is the primary response agency for fires, emergency medical service, hazardous materials incidents, traffic accidents, terrorist acts, catastrophic weather events, and technical rescues for the City of Moreno Valley. The Fire Department also provides a full range of fire prevention services including public education, code enforcement, plan check and inspection services for new and existing construction, and fire investigation. Additionally, the City’s Office of Emergency Management is located within the Fire Department allowing for a well-coordinated response to both natural and man-made disasters. The Moreno Valley Fire Department is part of the CALFIRE / Riverside County Fire Department’s regional, integrated, cooperative fire protection organization.
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The Administrative Section is responsible for the oversight and management of all Fire Department administrative functions including, but not limited to: Fire Station administration, personnel management and budget administration. The Fire Department Administration also oversees the Fire Prevention Bureau and Office of Emergency Management.
Fire Administration is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fire Department. Headed by Fire Chief Abdul Ahmad, Fire Administration provides policy direction, leadership and vision to our members, and plays a key role in securing the resources necessary to carry out our Department mission. Fiscal management and special projects are under the purview of Fire Administration.
Moreno Valley Fire Services Administrative Offices are located at Moreno Valley’s Public Safety Building:
22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92552
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Moreno Valley Fire Department is part of the CAL FIRE/ Riverside County Fire Department’s regionalized, integrated, cooperative fire protection organization. Through this contract relationship with CAL FIRE, and the Riverside County Fire Department, the Moreno Valley Fire Department has the benefits of and access to:
- Hazardous materials response team
- Fire arson investigation
- Fire hand crews, bulldozers, and aircraft
- Public information and education
- Consolidated dispatch center for emergency medical and fire dispatch
- Assistance from the Riverside County Fire Office of Emergency Services
Request a Fire Report
Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact. If you are insured, you will want to notify your insurance company as soon as possible. If you are in need of temporary housing, food, or medicines, you may wish to contact the local Red Cross at 951.656.4218. You will also want to contact the City’s Building & Safety Division at 951.413.3350 to obtain assistance with restoring utilities to your property, identifying any construction permits you may need to repair your building and other information that may be helpful to you and your insurance company in recovering from this incident.
To obtain a copy of your fire report, you will need to submit a report in writing to the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. Please fill out the Incident Report or provide the following information in a written request:
- Fire date
- Approximate time of the fire
- Address or location of the fire
A fire report fee of $15.00 must accompany the request. Fees must be in the form of check or money order payable to Riverside County Fire Department.
Please send the request and fees to:
Riverside County Fire Department
210 West San Jacinto Avenue
Perris CA 92570
Normally, the fire report copy will be sent within two weeks. If you have any questions about a pending report request, call 951.943.4970. You may also visit the Riverside County website at www.rvcfire.org.
During certain times of the year residential landscape debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed. However, homeowners should always check with their local fire station and South Coast Air Quality Management District before burning. You may visit the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s website at http://www.aqmd.gov/ for information on whether or not air quality conditions permit burning. Additionally, you will need to obtain a burn permit from your local fire station. Please visit our Fire Station Locations page to locate a fire station near you.
The following are burning permit requirements:
- Maximum pile size 4 foot in diameter.
- Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10-feet of the outer edge of pile.
- Keep a water supply close to the burning site.
- An adult should be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is out.
- No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe. No household trash or garbage can be burned outdoors at residences.
Dry, natural vegetation, grown on the property can still be burned outdoors in open piles, unless prohibited by local ordinances. Burning can only be done on permissive burn days. Burn permits are only valid on “Permissive Burn Days” as determined by the State Air Resources Board or the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Fire News - September 2016
The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Halloween Safety Tips
- When choosing a costume for your child, please consider the following:
- Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
- Choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. (Look for a flame resistant label.)
- Ensure the eye holes in any masks are large enough so they can see out.
- Monitor your child’s hydration level when wearing thick material costumes.
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
- Please keep dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper well away from all open flames and heat sources as they are highly flammable.
- Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Remind kids to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out).
- If your children will be going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
- Children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.
- Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt throw it out.
The City of Moreno Valley wishes you and your family a safe and fun Halloween.
The Moreno Valley Fire Department Would Like to Offer the Following Health Information
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. This is typically caused by a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances. Without proper blood flow, the heart tissue loses oxygen and begins to die.
A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, can range from minor to fatal. It’s important to call 9-1-1 or emergency medical help immediately if you think you might be having a heart attack.
People may experience:
- Pain in the area between shoulder blades, arm, chest, jaw, left arm, or upper abdomen
- Pain can be burning in the chest or like a clenched fist in the chest
- Pain can occur during rest
- Whole body dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, clammy skin, cold sweat, or sweating
- Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
- Discomfort or tightness in the:
- Other symptoms include, but not limited to: anxiety, feeling of impending doom, sensation of an abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath, or shoulder discomfort
Taking appropriate action before these symptoms occur can prevent or limit the risk of a heart attack. A healthy diet, exercise and routine medical checkups are suggested to keep the heart healthy and strong.
The Fire Prevention Bureau Would Like to Remind Residents, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”
The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” serves to remind us that we need working smoke alarms to provide critical early notification of smoke, time to evacuate to safer areas and activate the 9-1-1 emergency system.
The Moreno Valley Fire Department is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our City. Fire is a serious public safety concern and only a small percentage of people know how and when to test their smoke alarms, when to change the batteries, know the manufacture date of their smoke alarms, or how often they need to be replaced.
The Fire Prevention Bureau would like to remind residents of the following:
- Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- Residents should test the alarm and change the batteries when you change your clocks; at least twice a year.
- Know the manufacture date on all smoke alarms in your home.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Never take smoke alarm batteries out to put into other items like games or remote controls.
- Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear the alarm sound.
- If there is a fire, leave the home right away by crawling low under the smoke and never go back inside.
- If you rent, talk to your landlord about placing a working smoke alarm in your home.
For more information, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 951.413.3370.
The Office of Emergency Management Would Like to Remind Residents about the “Great Shakeout”
This year’s Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill will be on October 20, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. The Shakeout drill is an opportunity for your family, business, school, organization and government agencies to better prepare for a major earthquake. Participants are encouraged to practice Drop, Cover and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill at your home, school or place of business.
The goal of the Shakeout is to learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down, or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.
- If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
- Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
- If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.
- If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified.
Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives; that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.
For more information, please visit http://shakeout.org.
Staying Safe this Winter
Each year, flooding causes more deaths than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control reports that over half of all flood-related drowning’s occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. These are due to the fact that most people underestimate the force and power of water. Here are some excellent tips to keep you safe during storms and possible flooding:
- Contact your local insurance agent for flood insurance before the storm
- Check your emergency preparedness kit and update as needed
- Keep your vehicle fueled in case you need to evacuate
- Secure outside furniture and other objects that could be caught by wind
- Keep sandbags handy for emergency waterproofing
- Monitor weather reports for updated information
- If flooding is likely, move essential items and furniture to upper floors
- Limit your travel during storms, stay inside if possible and bring your pets indoors
- If advised to evacuate, please do so and move to a safe area before your access is cut off by flood water
- Avoid areas subject to flooding
Turn Around Don't Drown®
- Do not try to walk across flowing water as only 6” inches of water can knock over an adult
- NEVER drive through flooded roadways (road beds may be washed out under flood waters)
-only 6” of water can cause you to lose control of your car
-only 12” of water will float most vehicles and 24” of water can sweep your vehicle away
- If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground
For more tips to keep you safe,
contact Office of Emergency Management at
951.413.3800 or OEM@moval.org
Below is a list of links which you may find useful: