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

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
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.

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.

Santa.

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.

Newsletters

The Moreno Valley Fire Department offers the following Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips:

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Since it is impossible to see, taste, or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill before you are aware it is in your home. Carbon Monoxide can come from several sources including gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces, and motor vehicles. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health, and the concentration and length of exposure. You can protect yourself and your family by following a few easy steps:

  • Smoke AlarmInstall at least one CO alarm, with an audible warning signal evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, near sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. CO alarms measure levels of the gas over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms.
  • Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Don’t use your range or oven to help heat your home and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.
  • Never keep a car running in a garage. Even if the garage door is open, normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.

The Moreno Valley Fire Department offers the following tips to prevent scalds and burn accidents:

Photo of burnEach year, more than 100,000 children 14 and under are treated for burn injuries. The leading causes of burn injuries in young children are hot liquids and steam. It is important to be aware that your house is full of common things that can burn your child. National Burn Awareness Week is observed the first full week in February, and is the perfect calendar observance to focus on preventing fires and protecting children.

The following tips can help reduce the risks of burn accidents:

Reduce water temperature

  • Set the hot water heater to 120 degrees. If you rent, ask your landlord to do it.
  • Consider putting anti-scald devices on faucets. A child’s skin burns at lower temperatures and more quickly than adult skin.

Establish a “Kid-Free Zone”

  • Photo of chaild by stoveMake the stove area a “Kid- Free Zone” (3 feet is a good distance). Mark it on the floor with bright tape so your child knows the danger zone.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when your children are there.
  • Do not hold children while cooking or while carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Cook with pots and pans on back burners; turn handles away from the front.
  • Do not place hot foods or liquids near the counter or table’s edge.

Test food and drink temperature

  • Taste cooked food and heated liquids to make sure they’re not too hot.
  • Never microwave a baby’s bottle. Drinks heated in a microwave may be much hotter than their containers.

Remove items that burn

  • Teach your child to never touch matches or lighters. Store these items in locked cabinets and do not use these items for fun —children can imitate you.
  • Keep children away from candles and other open flames.
  • Keep cords out of your children’s reach.

The Moreno Valley Fire Department would like to offer important flood preparedness information:

Flooded street photoThe 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, and 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 Flood graphicFlash 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.

The Office of Emergency Management invites you to its next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training:

EOC trainingThe City of Moreno Valley Office of Emergency Management will be conducting a 3-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course. CERT is a program managed by Office of Emergency Management that trains members to respond to disasters and work effectively with emergency responders by utilizing medical, triage, light search and rescue, disaster fire suppression, damage assessments, cribbing and leveraging techniques.

To become certified, sign up for a CERT class today! Registration forms available at www.moval.org or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 951.413.3800 or email oem@moval.org

The upcoming 3-day CERT course will be held in the Emergency Operations Center at 22870 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos on the following days:

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

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