Fire Department


Abdul Ahmad
Fire Chief

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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 - March 2017

City of Moreno Valley Honors Firefighter of the Year Captain Robert Patterson

Fire Captain Robert Patterson has been named as the City of Moreno Valley’s 2016 Firefighter of the Year for his devotion to our community and his passion for helping develop the firefighters of the future.

As a Captain at Moreno Valley’s Moreno Beach Fire Station 58 since 2014, Captain Patterson and his crew are responsible for responding to incidents throughout the City and along the SR-60 freeway, including technical rescues, mass casualty traffic accidents and car fires. Despite the inherent danger of responding to accidents on the freeway and the challenging nature of the calls, Captain Patterson skillfully directs his crew to manage care for multiple patients. His calm demeanor and decades of experience ensure patients receive the care they need and his crew remains safe from harm.

In addition to his daily responsibilities, Captain Patterson oversees one of the Department’s two Fire Explorer posts. Captain Patterson’s passion for teaching and training is apparent through his oversight of the Fire Explorers, which provides Moreno Valley high school students a valuable opportunity to learn first-hand about a career in fire or emergency services.

Since 2014, Captain Patterson has led the Spark of Love Toy Drive which collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for local children and families. In cooperation with the Community Assistance Program of Moreno Valley, and other non-profit groups, Captain Patterson has helped make the program more successful each year.

“Captain Patterson is the very definition of a public servant,” said Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. “He truly lives to serve our community through his work as a firefighter, as a teacher, and as a leader.”  

Captain Patterson began his career in 1996 with the CAL FIRE Nevada Yuba Placer Unit where he was assigned as a seasonal firefighter for five fire seasons. In 2001, Captain Patterson was promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter II for the Temecula Battalion. Three years later he was promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer for the Beaumont Battalion, serving Station 21 in Calimesa for nine years.

Fire News - December 2016

Santa, Moreno Valley Firefighters Deliver Joy, Gifts to Children in Hospital

They wore the tiniest of hospital gowns, tucked away in cribs and hospital beds. Machines with snaking tubes and monitors dwarfed the children who waited on the third floor of the Riverside University Health System Medical Center, hoping for something good – a test result, a stable insulin level, the news that they could go home and sleep in their own beds.

Worried parents hovered over bedsides, forcing smiles while silently praying they could wish away their child’s illness and the machines with the snaking tubes and the pain.

Santa on a fire ladderJust two days to go before Christmas. Instead of last minute shopping and present wrapping, the families gathered here, accepting the fact that their Christmas would most likely be celebrated in a hospital room.

But outside, something good was happening.

It couldn’t take the pain or the worry away – at least not permanently. But it was definitely something good.

An army of Santa’s helpers was assembling at the hospital’s entrance –Moreno Valley firefighters in blue station uniforms and helmets armed with gift bags filled with toys.

“Ho, ho, ho,” boomed a voice from inside one of the fire engines.

A pair of black boots appeared. A bright red suit and a fluffy white beard followed.


His belly shook as he high-fived his firefighter helpers and climbed up on the aerial ladder truck. Up the ladder he went with an ease in his step like he had done this a time or two.

On the third floor, young patients pressed their faces to the window, not believing what they were seeing. Santa was headed toward them – one black boot after another he climbed up the ladder. He stopped to wave to the crowd below before disappearing into the window.

And there he was – Santa – standing in the hospital’s pediatric unit.

A patient demanded her older brother push her in her wheelchair down the hall to see what the commotion was all about. She giggled when she saw him – and his entourage of firefighters. Santa stopped at the window of the hospital’s playroom to wave to a boy in a hospital gown covered with bunny rabbits. But the boy was too shy to look up from his blocks – or wave.

Dozens of gift bags appeared. Santa carefully placed a stuffed dog and a light-up ball in the crib of a six-month old baby in the intensive care unit. Another infant being rocked in her mother’s arm in an isolation room received a baby doll in a pink dress. A 9-year-old boy recently diagnosed with diabetes smiled – a genuine smile – as Santa dug into his bag of tricks and pulled out toy after toy and placed it on his hospital bed.

“It’s like he knows you,” his mother whispered to her son.

The toys, puzzles and games were donated by members of the Moreno Valley community and companies including Amazon and Walmart as part of the Spark of Love toy drive.

The shy little boy in the playroom who didn’t want to look up at Santa marched back to his hospital room - with Santa and a gift bag in tow. A blue sports car. A safari set play set with striped dinosaurs. A police car raced along the hospital floor toward a pretend emergency. The little boy smiled.

Santa smiled too.

Santa’s parade of firefighters and toys wound its way through the hospital into clinic waiting rooms and the emergency room.

A boy waiting for his mom to finish her treatment in the infusion center threw his new football to Santa. The spontaneous game of catch was interrupted by a young mother who handed Santa her 1-month-old twins so she could take a picture of him, a baby cradled in each arm.

For a few moments, the sickness, the machines with the snaking tubes and the worry were all forgotten.

Something good had happened.


The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Water Safety Information:

water safetyDrowning is the nation’s number one killer of children under the age of 5 and it’s the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for ages 1 to 14. Children and adults can drown without making a sound; the majority of these accidents occur in residential swimming pools and spas. Learning the ABC’s of pool safety could help prevent these tragedies. 

The Moreno Valley Fire Department, CALFIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside City Fire Department and other fire agencies support the ABC’s of water safety:

“A” is for Adult Supervision: It is important to have somebody who is capable of swimming watching the water activity. Whenever possible, having more than one person available who can swim is encouraged. Make there is a phone nearby to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

“B” is for Barriers: In addition to adult supervision, you should install and maintain proper fencing around the pool and spa to isolate swimming areas from other areas of the home. Make sure to use multiple layers of protection such as fences, gate/door alarms, and safety covers.

 “C” is for Classes: The proper classes such as learning to swim, first aid, and CPR can help you be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Do not rely on swimming aids such as water wings, rafts or noodles for safety. Inform your children about the dangers of improper water play and set guidelines and safety rules. Always keep a phone nearby to call 9-1-1.

Drowning incidents do not only happen in pools, lakes and oceans, but can also occur in bathtubs, mop buckets, toilets, and water as shallow as 2 inches.  Water safety should be adhered to year-round. Please be diligent to not have unattended children around the water; looking away for just a few seconds could result in a tragedy.

The Office of Emergency Management Would Like to Offer the Following Updated Information Regarding the Zika Virus:

ZikaZika virus is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Many people might not realize they have been infected. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.  Symptoms may include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Hospitalization is uncommon and Zika virus is rarely fatal. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.  There is no vaccine to prevent Zika.

The Zika virus has been detected in several counties surrounding Moreno Valley with Riverside University Health Systems - Public Health confirming one case in Riverside County.  The patient was infected while traveling to the Caribbean and is expected to fully recover.  On May 26, 2016, the California Department of Public Health issued a Health and Travel Advisory to Californians to avoid mosquito bites during travel to Latin American countries and the Caribbean where there has been increased reports of mosquito-borne disease, including Zika, chikungunya and dengue. Thus far in California, Zika virus infections have been documented only in people who were infected while traveling outside the United States or through sexual contact with an infected traveler. To date there has been no local mosquito-borne transmissions.

Treatments for the disease include supportive care, rest, fluids and fever relief.  If you are returning from a region affected by Zika and experience any of the following: fever, joint pain or rash within two weeks, contact your medical provider. Avoid additional mosquito bites to prevent the virus from spreading to other mosquitos, which might infect others.

To prevent the additional spreading of the disease, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, stay indoors with air conditioning, and install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.  Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home, like eliminating standing water.  It is also recommended that you use the appropriate insect repellents. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should choose an EPA-registered insect repellent and use it according to the product instructions. If you use sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.  Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or not having sex.

For more information, please call the Office of Emergency Management at 951.413.3800.

The Office Of Emergency Management Offers the Following Information:

West Nile virusThe City of Moreno Valley Office of Emergency Management would like to inform the public that during this time of year, cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) are especially active due to high humidity, high temperatures and overall climate changes. It is important for the residents to be aware of this increased risk and take preventative measures in reducing the exposure of this disease.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite from an infected mosquito.  Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.  Health officials emphasized that the risk of serious illness to humans is low.  Most individuals who are infected with WNV will not experience any illness.  Elderly individuals and those with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for serious illness.

Individuals can reduce their risk of mosquito-borne diseases by taking these precautions:

  • Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent according to label instructions.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding.
  • Contact your local mosquito and vector control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live or work.

A comprehensive surveillance program to monitor for WNV in Riverside County has been established by the Department of Environmental Health Vector Control, local mosquito and vector control districts and other state and local agencies. The program includes testing suspected cases in humans and horses, capturing and testing mosquitoes, testing sentinel chickens and evaluating dead birds.

Anyone who becomes ill after exposure to mosquitoes should contact his or her health care provider.  The Riverside County Department of Public Health Disease Control Office can be reached at 951.358.5107, for more information about West Nile Virus.  Problems related to mosquito control should be directed to the appropriate Mosquito control office:

  • Riverside City Mosquito Control: 951.351.6127
  • Riverside County Mosquito Control: 951.766.9454
  • Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control: 951.340.9792
  • Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District: 760.342.8287

If you are unsure of which agency services your area you may go to: and enter your zip code. 

Information about WNV is available on the website established for surveillance in California: 

Dead birds can be reported on that same website or by calling toll-free:
1.877.WNV.BIRD (1.877.968.2473).

For more information, please call the Office of Emergency Management at 951.413.3800.

CDC - Informative Video

The Moreno Valley Fire Prevention Bureau Offers the Following Information:

Santa Ana windsSanta Ana winds are blustery, dry and warm (often hot) winds that blow out of the desert. Santa Ana winds are common in Southern California and often blow in autumn and winter, but can blow any time of the year. Warm temperatures throughout the summer continue to dry up vegetation that is already at a critical stage, partially due to the drought. These events make vegetation ripe for ignition and, if driven by Santa Ana winds, can be fast moving and even catastrophic. If you live in a wildland interface area, the best way to protect your property is to create defensible space. The



The Fire Prevention Bureau would like to offer the following tips:

  • Create a Defensible Space of 100 feet around your home. Defensible Space
    • Create a “LEAN, CLEAN and GREEN ZONE” by removing all flammable vegetation within 30 feet immediately surrounding your home.
    • Then create a “REDUCED FUEL ZONE” in the remaining 70 feet or to your property line.
  • Landscape with fire resistant plants.
  • Maintain all plants with regular water, and keep dead branches, leaves and needles removed.
  • When clearing vegetation, use care when operating equipment such as lawnmowers. One small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is much safer.
  • Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from all structures and remove vegetation within 10 feet of woodpiles.
  • Above ground Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP-gas) containers (500 or less water gallons) shall be located a minimum of 10 feet with respect to buildings, public ways, and lot lines of adjoining property that can be built upon.
  • Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves and other debris from your yard.

For more information, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 951.413.3370.






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