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

Photo of recyling Christmas tree with logoThe Moreno Valley Fire Department would like offer the following safety tips for proper disposal of Christmas trees:

Now that the holiday season has passed, the Moreno Valley Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the importance of proper Christmas tree disposal. It’s important to remember; when a tree becomes dry it does become a fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost half of the Christmas tree fires reported were in December and more than one-third were in January. Never attempt to burn a Christmas tree in a fireplace, wood-burning stove or even outdoors.

Christmas tree recycling is offered by Waste Management of the Inland Empire for all Moreno Valley residents. For more information please visit https://www.wm.com/residential/christmas-tree-disposal/index.jsp

The Moreno Valley Fire Department would like to remind you the importance of replacing the batteries on smoke detectors.

  • One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke alarm that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames. It is called a "Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm."
  • Place a smoke alarm on the ceiling of every level of your home and both inside and outside bedrooms as children and older people can sleep though the loud sound of a smoke alarm. Make sure your escape plan includes someone that can help children and others wake up immediately to escape from the home.Smoke detector graphic
  • If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm on the ceiling of each bedroom.
  • Check smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.'
  • Never take smoke alarm batteries out to put into other items like games or remote controls.
  • Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear the alarm sound.
  • If there is a fire, leave the home right away by crawling low under the smoke and never go back inside.
  • If smoke from cooking makes the alarm sound, press the "hush" button, if your alarm has one. You can also turn on the kitchen fan, open a window or wave a towel near the alarm until it stops making the sound. Never take the battery out of the alarm.
  • Most alarms need a new battery at least once a year. Some smoke alarms have batteries that last for up to 10 years. If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old, replace it with a new alarm and a new battery.
  • If you rent, talk to your landlord about placing a working smoke alarm in your home. You still need to buy a new battery at least once a year for the alarm.

The Moreno Valley Office of Emergency Management would like to offer important flood preparedness information.

Photo of flooded streetThe 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 the 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.
  • Obtain Sandbags
  • Stage Plastic sheeting
  • 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.

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