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.
Fire News - August 2014
The Office of Emergency Management Offers the Following Water Safety Information
With the warm weather upon us, it is important to stay vigilant around children and adults alike while enjoying activities involving bathing and swimming at a pool, river, lake or beach. For children younger than five, drowning is a leading cause of injury, or lifelong disability and it is the leading cause of accidental death. As toddlers begin walking and exploring, statistics show an alarming rate of pool and other drowning’s. The Office of Emergency Management would like to share the following tips to keep your children safe this summer:
- Keep constant eyes on young children playing in or near any body of water, public pool, spa, or bathtub. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a text message. Babies and toddlers have drowned in items as seemingly harmless as shallow buckets of water when left briefly unattended.
- Never leave a child alone near water while you answer the telephone or doorbell, attend to another child or turn to household chores, even for a few seconds.
- Fence your pool on all four sides with a barrier that is at least five feet high. Move lawn chairs, tables and other potential climbing aids away from the fence to help keep out children. Any gate or door leading to the pool area should be self-closing and self-latching, opening outward, with the latch placed on the poolside and out of reach.
- Install panic alarms on all house doors and windows leading to the pool area, automatic sliding door closers and an automatic safety cover over the pool.
- Check swimming pools for new anti-entrapment grates on drain suction outlets required by new laws to prevent the physical entrapment of the bathers.
- Keep reaching and throwing aids, such as poles and life preservers, on both sides of the pool
- Swimming lessons do not ensure safety. A child who falls into water unexpectedly may panic and forget his or her swimming skills. Adults who serve as caretakers for children who swim should know how to swim themselves, and also be certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an emergency. Immediate CPR could prevent death or brain damage.
We urge you to remind your families, friends, and neighbors to be aware of drowning risks and to prevent devastating water accidents. Have a safe and happy summer!
For more information, please call the Office of Emergency Management at 951.413.3800.
The Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers the Following Snake Awareness and Safety Tips
The days are long, temperatures are hot, and many different wild animals are out in search of food. One in particular, is the rattlesnake. Snakes are active animals that are commonly seen in urban areas. Now is the time to raise awareness levels and pay close attention when outdoors during this summer season.
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, then 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?
Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
Remain calm, and remove yourself from the area immediately.
If you know the snake is venomous, remove any constricting jewelry, watches, clothing, etc.
Keep the injured limb still as you would a strain or break.
Clean 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.
Spring and summer is the best time to be outdoors enjoying the season, which is also the best time to be aware of the possible presence of wildlife animals, especially snakes. There have been a recent number of positive snake sightings in Moreno Valley, so the more you know and are aware, the better prepared you will be to deal with an encounter.
The City of Moreno Valley Fire Department Offers Information about Fire Resistant Landscaping
Each year, homes are destroyed by wildfires. If you live in or are planning to move to an area where homes are intermixed with woodlands, your home may be in jeopardy, and your life and the lives of your family may be at risk. Fire prone landscaping around homes increases the possibility of fire damage, while also hindering the activities of firefighters. There are many landscaping techniques that create a semi-fireproof zone or defensible space around homes. A fire safe landscape isn't necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. A fire safe landscape uses fire resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. The good news is, you don't need a lot of money to make your landscape fire safe. And you will find that a fire safe landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home.
Choose Fire Resistant Plants and Materials
Create fire-safe zones with stone walls, patios, swimming pools, decks and roadways. Use rock, mulch, flower beds and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks. There are no "fire-proof" plants. Select high moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content. Choose fire retardant plant species that resist ignition such as rockrose, iceplant and aloe. Fire-resistant shrubs include hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples. Plant hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers. Check your local nursery, landscape contractor or county extension service for advice on fire resistant plants that are suited for your environment, and help to plan you landscape.
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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