Fire Department

Contact

Abdul Ahmad
Fire Chief

phone  951.486.6780
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Fighting fire

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.

Divisions and Programs

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Fire Administration

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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
951.486.6780
MVFD@moval.org

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed

Fire Operations

Fire Operations

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

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Request a Fire Report

Firefighters

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
 Attn: Records
 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.

Burn Permits

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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.

News Release

City Announces 2014 Firefighter of the Year

Moreno Valley's City Council, City staff, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Chief John R. Hawkins and Moreno Valley Battalion Chief Mark Williams recognized Firefighter Paramedic Troy Brogdon as 2014 Firefighter of the Year for the City of Moreno Valley at the March 24, 2015 City Council meeting.

2014 Fire Fighter of the Year Paramedic Troy BrogdonFirefighter Brogdon has a passion for training new firefighters and teaches on the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department's Commercial Industrial cadre, Truck Academy and serves on the Battalion 9 Emergency Medical Services Committee. He has assisted in writing State Fire Marshal curriculum for the Department's orientation class for new recruits. Additionally, he serves as a paramedic preceptor for new paramedic students where he evaluates, trains and provides succession plans to paramedic interns and newly hired firefighter paramedics.

Battalion Chief Mark Williams congratulated Firefighter Brogdon and stated "Troy's work ethic is second to none. He completes his work with integrity and never fails to go above and beyond what he is tasked with."

Firefighter Brogdon's career advancement and other recognitions demonstrate his passion for fire service. The Morning Optimist Club of Moreno Valley recently recognized Firefighter Brogdon for providing outstanding customer service.

He began his career in 2002 with the United States Forest Service as a Seasonal Firefighter assigned to the Cleveland National Forest, Palomar District at the Lake Henshaw Station.

In 2003, Firefighter Brogdon was hired with Mercy Ambulance in San Diego County where he worked for three years as an Emergency Medical Technician. During this time, he attended paramedic school and earned his paramedic license.

In 2004, Firefighter Brogdon was hired by Valley Center Fire Protection District San Diego County, as a reserve firefighter. During the next two years, Brogdon supervised 40 volunteer firefighters and served as Firefighter Association President. Concurrently, he was hired as a reserve firefighter with Deer Springs Fire Protection District in San Diego County, where he worked until 2006.

In 2006, Firefighter Brogdon was hired by CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department as a Firefighter Paramedic. He was initially assigned to the Menifee Battalion, Quail Valley at Station 5. Several months later Brogdon moved to Fire Station 76 in Menifee Lakes where he was assigned to a paramedic engine company for 3 years. During this time, he also received training and certification in both Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue techniques.

In 2009, Firefighter Brogdon transferred to the Moreno Valley Division Battalion and was assigned to the paramedic engine company at Fire Station 65, Kennedy Park. After five years, Troy was reassigned to Fire Station 2, Sunnymead in 2013 where he currently serves as a Firefighter Paramedic on the Truck Company.

Acrobat Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Fire News - July 2015

The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Tips for Staying Safe in Pools and Spas

The Moreno Valley Fire Department experiences several preventable near drowning and drowning incidents each year.  These preventable events can cause severe injuries and may lead to death. Last year there were 30 near drownings and 15 drownings in Riverside County. The Moreno Valley Fire Department is asking for your help in preventing drowning with the following water safety tips.

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a portable telephone close by at all time when you and your family are using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Lean how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency

Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa

  • Install a four-foot fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa
  • If your house serves a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them
  • For additional protection, install windows guards on windows facing pools or spas
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm

For more information please visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety/staying-safe-pools-spas/residential-swimming-pools/ .

The Moreno Valley Fire Department Would Like to Offer Important Flood Preparedness Information

The Office of Emergency Management would like to remind everyone floods are one of the most common hazards in Riverside County. They can cause injury, death property damage and even contaminate drinking water and cause electrical disruptions which can severely impact the City of Moreno Valley. All floods are not alike and can develop slowly over time but can also progress very quickly in just a few minutes. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of rapidly moving water that carries rocks, mud, debris and can sweep away anything in its path. Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in low lying areas, near water or even near flood prone areas or intersections. Do not attempt to cross an area or intersection that appears to be flooded but rather find an alternate route of travel.

Before the Flood Warning or Watch

Be prepared to respond to flooding by taking the following actions before rains and flooding begin:

  • Assemble emergency supply kits for your home, workplace, and vehicle.
  • Store a seven-day supply of food and water (at least one gallon per person, per day) in closed, clean containers.
  • Gather filled sandbags.
  • Be sure to have plastic sheeting on hand.
  • Teach children not to play in or near rivers, streams, or other areas of potential flooding.
  • Identify safe routes from your home or work place to high, safe ground. Determine whether you can use these routes during flooding or storms. Be familiar with your geographic surroundings.

During the Flood

  • Avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Do not drive or walk through moving water. You can be knocked off your feet in as little as 6 inches of water.
  • Do not “sightsee” or enter restricted areas.
  • Stay away from streams, rivers, flood control channels and other areas subject to sudden flooding.
  • Move to higher ground if you’re caught by rising waters.
  • Use the phone only to report dangerous conditions or emergencies that are life threatening.

What are Flash Floods?

Flash floods are short-term events, occurring within 2 hours of the start of high intensity rainfall. A flash flood is a rapid stream rise. Flash flood damage and most fatalities tend to occur in areas immediately near a stream, creek, river or flood prone areas and intersections. In addition, heavy rain falling on steep terrain can weaken soil and cause mud slides, damaging homes, roads and property. Flash floods occur when slow moving or multiple thunderstorms happen over the same area. When storms move faster, flash flooding is less likely since the rain is distributed over a larger area.

When a flash flood WATCH is issued

  • Watch for signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.

When a flash flood WARNING is issued

  • A flash flood warning is issued when the threat of a flash flood is imminent or occurring.
  • Be ready to evacuate immediately as you may have only seconds to escape.
  • Move to higher ground and away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades. These are placed to keep you out of harm’s way.
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

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Helpful Tips

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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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