Fire Department


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

Smith Ahmad Lanzas

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.
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


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

Burn Permits


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 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 - October 2016

The Moreno Valley Fire Department Would Like to Remind Citizens of the Upcoming Spark of Love Toy Drive

Every year, tens of thousands of children experience Christmas morning with no gifts to open. To bring smiles to these children, the firefighters in Moreno Valley, in cooperation with CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire and KABC Channel 7, host a "Spark of Love Toy Drive".  Residents that wish to be part of this special event are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment at any local fire station to support this worthwhile cause. 

With your support, children throughout Moreno Valley will receive a new toy this holiday season.   Your donation to the "Spark of Love Toy Drive" will be accepted at any of the City's seven fire stations through December 24, 2015:

Fire Station #2                                          
24935 Hemlock Avenue                           

Fire Station #6                                         
22250 Eucalyptus Avenue                       

Fire Station #48                                        
10511 Village Road                                  

Fire Station #58                   
28040 Eucalyptus Avenue

Fire Station #65
15111 Indian Avenue

Fire Station #91
16110 Lasselle Street

Fire Station #99
13400 Morrison Street

For eligibility requirements to receive toys for a child in need, please contact the Moreno Valley Community Assistance Program at 951-485-7792.  For any other questions regarding the “Spark of Love Toy Drive” call 951-486-6780.

The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Safety Information

The delicious deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity but safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing fire safety for good taste.

If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips:  

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 9-1-1.

The Moreno Valley Fire Department Would Like to Offer the Following Health Information

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. The brain cells begin to die within minutes of this occurrence.

It’s important to watch for signs and symptoms if you or someone else may be having a stroke. Take note of when the signs and symptoms begin; the length of time they have been present may guide the treatment decisions made by emergency personnel.

Signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Trouble speaking and confusion; slurred words and difficulty understanding speech
  • Paralysis or numbness of the:
    • Face – one side of your mouth may droop if you try to smile
    • Arm
    • Leg
  • Trouble with your eyes:
    • Blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, and/or seeing double
  • Headache:
    • Sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness
  • Trouble with walking:
    • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination

If you suspect someone is having a stroke, “BE FAST” and do the following:

  • Balance – Is there a sudden loss of balance?
  • Eyes – Is there sudden blurred or double vision?
  • Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is do they have trouble raising one arm?
  • Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately

Steps you can take to minimize your risk of a stroke include knowing your stroke risk factors, following your doctor's recommendations and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

The Moreno Valley Fire Department Would Like to Offer the Following Earthquake Preparedness Information:

Thousands of earthquakes occur in California each year, but most are too small to be felt.  Seismologists believe that one or more major earthquakes of magnitude 7 or larger is likely to occur somewhere in California anytime within the next 30 years. If these major earthquakes are in populated areas, the losses will be substantial.

Scientists estimate that more than 200 faults in the area are capable of causing an earthquake of magnitude 6 or greater; large enough to cause significant damage to life and property. Most of the population in Southern California lives within 30 miles of one of these faults. No one knows when or where such an earthquake will occur, but everyone can reduce the risk of injury, property loss and even death by following the safety steps listed below.

Step 1: Fix potential hazards in your home:

  • Strap water heaters correctly to the wall.
  • Install latches on kitchen cabinets.
  • Secure TVs, stereos, computers, etc. with Velcro straps.
  • Secure top-heavy furniture and appliances to walls.
  • Install flexible connectors on gas appliances.
  • Store flammable or hazardous materials on lower shelves, or on the floor.

Step 2: Create a disaster plan:

  • Select a safe place outside of your home to meet your family or housemates after the earthquake.
  • Practice "drop, cover, and hold on.
  • Take an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR course.
  • Keep shoes and a flashlight next to each bed.
  • Know how and when to shut off utilities.
  • Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in an easy access area and ensure everyone know how to exit.

Step 3: Disaster supply kits:

  • Keep a personal disaster supply kit in your home, in your car, and at work, with at least the following: 
    • Medications and important medical information, first aid kit and handbook.
    • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses.
    • Bottled water and snack foods.
    • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location).
    • Emergency cash, in small bills.
    • Working flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs.
    • Copies of personal identification and emergency contacts.
  • In addition to your personal disaster supply kits, store a household disaster supply kit with a 7-10 day supply of items needed to live without normal services (water, electricity, etc.) for each member of your family while you begin recovery.

Step 4: During earthquakes and aftershocks:

  • Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
    • During earthquakes, drop to the floor; take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • The area near outer walls is very dangerous. Do not try to go outside during shaking.
  • If outside, move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, and other hazards.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road, stop, and stay in your car until shaking stops.

Step 5: When safe, continue to follow your disaster plan:

The first days after the earthquake:

  • Until you are sure there are no gas leaks, do not use open flames or operate any electrical or mechanical device that can create a spark. Never use the following indoors: camp stoves, gas lanterns or heaters, gas or charcoal grills, or gas generators. These can release deadly carbon monoxide or be a fire hazard in aftershocks.
  • Turn on your portable or car radio for information and safety advisories.
  • Check on the condition of your neighbors.
  • If power is off, plan meals to use up refrigerated and frozen foods first.
  • If your water is off or unsafe, you can drink from water heaters, melted ice cubes, or canned vegetables.
  • Report damage to your local building department and to your local office of emergency services.

To learn more about how to be prepared for an emergency disaster or earthquake, visit:


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



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Moreno Valley, CA 92552
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