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.
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.
Firefighter 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.
Fire News - May 2015
The Moreno Valley Fire Services Offers the Following Information
With the summer season approaching and temperatures rising, so do the incidences of snake sightings and injuries. Moreno Valley Fire Services would like to share some important safety tips about snakes, particularly rattlesnakes which are common to Southern California.
- Snakes can strike at a distance up to one-half their body length.
- A snake can still bite if its head has been separated from its body.
- A rattlesnake doesn’t always provide a “warning” by rattling before striking.
- Snakes will also hide in shoes left outside, so always check shoes or boots before wearing.
What can I do to keep snakes away from my house?
- Keep grass and vegetation in your yard cut short.
- Trim shrubs and bushes so you can see the ground under them.
- Remove piles of debris, including branches, leaves, boards and logs, as these provide hiding and nesting places for many kinds of snakes.
What do I do if I see a snake?
- Walk! Do not run away from the snake. Take two steps backward and watch where the snake goes, then calmly turn around and leave the snake alone.
- It is recommended to contact a professional to remove the snake.
- Do not kill the snake.
- Take a picture, so that a professional can provide you with positive identification.
What should I do if bitten by a snake?
- Remain calm, and remove yourself from the area immediately.
- Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
- If you know or suspect the snake is venomous, remove any constricting jewelry, watches, clothing, etc.
- Keep the victim and or injured limb still as you would a strain or break.
- Clean the bite area thoroughly (however, do not suck the venom from bite)
- Do not apply ice; do not use a tourniquet, and never cut on the fang marks.
Moreno Valley Fire Services Warns Businesses about Fraudulent Fire Inspectors
The Moreno Valley Fire Prevention Division is warning local businesses to be watchful for fraudulent fire inspectors. Opportunists are always present, but never so much as when the economy is struggling. Fire Departments throughout the Inland Empire and the State of California have noticed an increase of individuals and fire protection companies posing in official-looking clothing, and performing questionable “inspections.” These fraudulent individuals will disguise themselves as fire department representatives and request to perform a fire protection inspection. After these false inspections, businesses typically receive an invoice for services that are allegedly performed. The invoice is then followed by aggressive collection efforts.
The Moreno Valley Fire Prevention Division inspects businesses on an annual basis. Business owners, managers, and employees should not let anyone inspect their fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, hood systems, or any other fire protection devices unless they are under annual contracts or reach another agreement for a specific fire protection service prior to the service call.
The Moreno Valley Fire Prevention Division offers local businesses the following items to look for before they consider retaining a vendor to perform any type of fire protection system services:
- Make sure they introduce themselves, identify their business, and produce a business card.
- Request to see a copy of a current business license permit from your City of Moreno Valley Business License Office, a contractor’s “C-16” (fire sprinklers and fixed protection systems) or “C-10” (fire alarms) license. Check their license at http://www.cslb.ca.gov
- Be sure the “inspector” states what they are there for and what the estimated costs will be. Never pay in cash. Invoicing and record keeping are important for your business and the establishment of legal avenues.
- Insist they leave any replaced or changed parts with the business owner. He or she must provide a signed invoice.
Remember that business owners may always refuse service and contact the Moreno Valley Fire Department for guidance. The Fire Prevention Division will gladly advise local businesses of any required service schedules of fire protection systems, and assist in verifying that a company is qualified to provide the appropriate inspection, testing, and maintenance.
The City of Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Information Regarding Hazard Abatement
Each year, the Moreno Valley Fire Department, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire, responds to wild fires caused by improper equipment operations. Many times it is the property owner and/or equipment operator who cause these fires. All fires caused by improper equipment operations are costly and operators of said equipment will be held liable for the cost associated with fire suppression. These fires are preventable by following the guidelines on proper brush clearance and equipment use and safety.
In an effort to reduce the threat of wild fires, the Moreno Valley Fire Prevention Division enforces the abatement of hazardous vacant properties, which pose a danger to the health, safety and welfare of residents and first responders. The primary function of the Fire Hazard Abatement Program is to reduce the risk of fires within the community by pro-actively establishing defensible space and reducing/ removing combustible materials on properties. Unimproved areas containing hazardous or combustible vegetation, including tumbleweeds need to be abated. Hazard abatement activities are conducted to protect rare and sensitive plants, animals and the environment.
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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