IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

American Red Cross
Joshua Tree Office
6460 Hallee Road
(760) 366-5330

County Assessor
San Bernardino County
172 West Third Street
(909) 387-6730

CDF - Fire
San Bernardino Unit
Fire Information
(909) 881-6975

Sheriff's Department
Morongo Basin Station
(760) 366-4175

Fire Safe Council
Morongo Valley
Contact CSD
(760) 363-6454



Fire Safety Checklist
Develop a fire escape plan

Employment Application

Employment Application

Burn Permit Rules







Hazmat Training






The following links contain information on fire safety

CDF Fire Education

California Fire Safe Council

Fire Safety Education Resource Directory

USDA Forest Service library

Phone Numbers:
DIAL 911 FOR POLICE, FIRE AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

For non-emergency questions or information, please call the Fire Department at:
(760) 363-6211

For information about the Apprentice Firefighter program, please call:
(760) 363-6454

To send a fax to the Morongo Valley Fire Department:
(760) 363-6774

Morongo Valley Fire Department
DIAL 911 FOR POLICE, FIRE AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

About The Department:



The Morongo Valley Fire Department covers an area of approximately 30 square miles and an un-official population estimated at around 5000. It is governed by a locally elected 5 person Community Service District Board. The staffing of the Department is provided by a Fire Chief and Fire Captains who supervise a staff of non-paid Apprentice Firefighters.

The threat of wildfire in Morongo Valley is very real. On the State's scale for fire risk, Morongo Valley is rated "Highest". Additionally , it is adjacent to Federal, State and County Wildlands (BLM, San Bernardino National Forest, Joshua Tree National Monument), creating an "Urban Interface Risk". This means that a fire in the Wildlands could spread into the residential areas and visa versa. Fire season is determined by the State Fire Agency C.D.F. It is based upon weather patterns and fuel conditions. The season generally begins around the middle of May and is generally closed at the end of October. Morongo Valley has an unusually high underground water table. This allows for much more vegetation to grow than is typical in a desert environment. The result is an almost year round High Fire Danger in the Morongo Valley area caused by the thick and dense levels of vegetation. The declared Fire Season is a state of heightened readiness.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Morongo Valley Fire Department is to save lives and protect property, provide an adequate level of service at a reasonable cost to the residents, workers and visitors of the Morongo Valley. This is accomplished through a sincere commitment to the community by a firefighting force that is dedicated to a continual training program and personal commitment to providing quality services to their community.

Fire Department Call Stats
January - 2011 Calls
Investigation5
Medical Aid27
Public Sevice2
Smoke Check3
Traffic Collision3
Residential Structure Fire1
Refuse Fire2
Commercial Structure Fire1
Medical Aid Violence Involved1
Total Calls 45

Febuary - 2011 Calls
Medical Aid16
Public Sevice2
Traffic Collision5
Traffic Collision W/Extraction1
Total Calls 24

March - 2011 Calls
Investigation3
Medical Aid25
Public Sevice2
Water Salvage1
Traffic Collision7
Residential Structure Fire1
Refuse Fire1
Traffic Collision W/Extraction1
Total Calls 41

April - 2011 Calls
Other Misc.1
Wildland Fire2
Medical Aid28
Traffic Collision6
Residential Structure Fire2
Medical Aid Violence Involved1
Traffic Collision W/Extraction1
Total Calls 41

May - 2011 Calls
Investigation2
Other Misc.4
Wildland Fire2
Medical Aid17
Public Sevice2
Traffic Collision3
Hazard Electrical1
Residential Structure Fire1
Residential Ringing Alarm1
Commercial Ringing Alarm7
OTHER1
Total Calls 41

June - 2011 Calls
Investigation3
Residential Structure Fire1
Wildland Fire4
Traffic Collision W/Extraction1
Medical Aid28
Public Sevice3
Fire menace Standby1
Traffic Collision1
Hazmat1
Total Calls 43

July - 2011 Calls
Investigation10
Wildland Fire3
Medical Aid29
Fire Other2
Public Service Other3
Medical Aid Violence Involved2
Smoke Check2
Traffic Collision2
Vehicle Fire1
Total Calls 54

August - 2011 Calls
Wildland Fire2
Medical Aid31
Fire Other1
Medical Aid Violence Involved2
Public Sevice3
Traffic Collision5
Commercial Structure Fire1
Total Calls 45

September - 2011 Calls
Investigation4
Other Misc.1
Residential Structure Fire1
Wildland Fire1
Medical Aid31
Public Sevice6
Smoke Check1
Traffic Collision5
Total Calls 50

October - 2011 Calls
Medical Aid31
Public Service Other2
Smoke Check3
Traffic Collision3
Vehicle Fire1
Fire Other1
Hazard Electrical1
Fire menace Standby1
Commercial Structure Fire1
Medical Aid Violence Involved2
Hazard Gas1
Other Misc.2
Total Calls 49

November - 2011 Calls
Investigation2
Wildland Fire1
Medical Aid17
Public Sevice2
Smoke Check1
Hazard Electrical1
Traffic Collision8
Vehicle Fire1
Residential Ringing Alarm2
Total Calls 35

December - 2011 Calls
Investigation2
Residential Structure Fire3
Wildland Fire2
Medical Aid16
Public Sevice1
Smoke Check1
Traffic Collision6
Vehicle Fire4
Total Calls 35
Total Calls This Year 503



Defensible Space Inspections Start in May.

Morongo Valley Fire Department will begin conducting “LE 100 (brush clearance) inspections on May 1st. The inspections ensure each home has the required State mandated defensible space. Creating defensible space consists of clearing vegetation to maintain a 30’ clearance around all structures. From 30’ to 100’ (or the to property line, whichever is nearer) should be maintained as a fuel reduction or fuel modification zone. The goal of the inspection is to protect not only ourselves, but also our neighbors from potential fire dangers. Passing inspections are also useful in challenging insurance companies when they cancel policies, an increasing issue. For more information and to obtain details on fuel modification zones, visit Cal Fire’s website “fire.ca.gov” or call Morongo Valley Fire Department 363-6211.

The Department ordered a 12 lead Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at press time. The 12 lead AED offers greater capabilities than the 3 lead AED. Engineer Eric Griffiths, who is currently enrolled in Paramedic school and completing an internship with a local ambulance service provider, shared his recent experience with the upgraded AED. He responded to medical aid call where the patient's complaint was extreme fatigue. The patient had no difficulty breathing, no pain or other complaints other than feeling extraordinarily tired. The 3 lead AED failed to detect any abnormal cardiac rhythms. Eric's many years of experience as an EMT came into play and he decided to hook the patient to the 12 lead AED during transport to the hospital. The enhanced capabilities of the equipment revealed a myocardial infarction - a silent heart attack, in layman's terms. The patient displayed none of the "normal" cardiac arrest symptoms: chest pain; arm pain; shortness of breathe or nausea. The 12 lead AED provided a definitive diagnosis so the medics could begin providing life saving measures, while still enroute to the hospital.

The Morongo Valley's new equipment, which is a requirement to maintain our status as a medic unit, cost over $22,000 and was funded by a Homeland Security Grant and fire department budget funds. We look forward to serving our residents with better equipment.






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Morongo Valley Fire
Print the CDF Homeowners Checklist and use it as a handy guide to check safety measures room by room. Then head outside and make sure you have taken all possible precautions against wildfire. It's your tool for fire safety inside and outside your home.

And, be sure to have the whole family look at the interactive Checklist for a fun, visual review of fire safety Inside and Out.
Homeowner's Checklist (English) (235K PDF)
Homeowner's Checklist (Espanol) (600K PDF)

CDF Incident Fact Sheet (Paradise Fire)


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