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 - November 2016
The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Chimney Maintenance and Fire Prevention Tips
The maintenance of your chimney will make a big difference in the safety and operation of your fireplace. Chimney fires are common and highly dangerous, mainly caused by creosote build-up.
- Maintain a safe perimeter. Keep all tree limbs and other objects at least (10 feet) feet from the top of your chimney.
- Instruct your family on safe fireplace, furnace and stove practices.
- Retrofit a chimney cap on your existing chimney if you don't have one now. (Chimney caps should be metal with 1/2 to 3/8 openings) Chimney caps keep leaves and animals out of your chimney that could create dangerous obstructions.
- Use appropriate fuel. Green wood, dismantled furniture and other questionable material should not be used. Use your fireplace or other warming stoves in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. If you have doubts about a particular fuel, err on the side of caution. Never put wood in a non-wood burning stove.
- Build fires correctly. Add kindling or fire-logs in the back of the grate and support them so they don't slip. Use kindling, and never add materials of a questionable nature, even small ones. Burning substances that don't flare up can still release colorless and odorless toxic gasses into your home or the environment.
- Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
- Clear the hearth or surrounding areas. Never keep old rags, newspaper, furniture or other objects near your stove, furnace or fireplace. If there's an open flame or high heat, be sure to maintain a safe zone of 36 inches or more.
- Don't leave fires unattended. Stay safe by developing good fire maintenance habits. Never leave a room where there's an open flame, even a candle. You never know what will happen.
- Have yearly maintenance and inspections on your chimney by a qualified professional.
The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Home Heating Safety Tips
There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
Be warm and safe this winter.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot “kid free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your kitchen over or stove to heat your home
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly. Smoke detector batteries should be changed twice a year when we change the clocks.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
For additional information, please visit http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/safety-tip-sheets.
The Importance of Fire Safety during the Holiday Season
Many residents bring live trees into their houses to celebrate the holiday season, but those live trees tend to dry out over time and can become dangerous fire hazards. Between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage annually. It is recommended that in addition to watering and caring for your tree, that everyone keeps candles and other sources of ignition well away from their live trees. Other recommendations that may help in ensuring safety are:
- Keep trees securely upright in a stand to ensure that it will not accidentally tip over or be knocked over by children or pets
- Keep your tree away from any and all heat sources. This includes electrical outlets, radiators, space heaters, and fireplaces.
- Make sure natural trees are well watered.
- If you have purchased an artificial tree, please make sure it is labeled “fire retardant”.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Unplug the tree lights before leaving your home or before going to bed.
- Use a maximum of three strands of tree lights on a single extension cord.
- Dispose of your tree at an appropriate recycling center promptly after the holiday season.
The Office of Emergency Management Offers the Following Information
It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. The Office of Emergency Management would like residents to know that flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.
Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available in their communities, preferably by October. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts. Children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected from flu. Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, safeguarding them from flu is especially important. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from flu.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you and your loved ones can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 951.413.3800.
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
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