The specific fire/medic engine that could be purchased if we meet the $500,000 campaign goal is called a Pierce Enforcer (model number 1500-D-770). Ours would be a 2015 4 x 4 all terrain unit.
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The Morongo Valley Fire Department is the soul and heart of Morongo Valley and we strive to provide the best Fire and Emergency Medical service, however, this comes with a great expense. The Morongo Valley Fire Department has currently two stations one active located at one end of the town near the Morongo grade and the second station which is currently closed is located on the opposite side near the Yucca grade.
We have two engines that our both over 10 years old and are constantly in need of repairs. These two engines are required by law to have certain specifications to make them handle house and commercial fires. One of the engines is used daily to respond to emergency calls and the other is used as a backup. Currently some of the employees gear used to protect firefighters are worn to their 10 year shelf life. The is a regulation set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that any structure gear that is 10 years
old must be retired, however, we currently do not have any extra gear to give these employees. Some of the gear that the employees currently have does not fit the employee correctly.
The Morongo Valley Fire Department currently has paramedics on the fire engine which requires medical supplies. The Inland County Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA) is the organization that regulates what we need to have to operate paramedic services for the City of Morongo Valley. Each year ICEMA places more mandates on pre-hospital care providers to operate in San Bernardino County and each of these different mandates comes with an increase expense. Each firefighter is always looking to expand their knowledge in the fire service to help promote to different positions, however, the needed classes are expensive and most pay out of pocket.
With the rising cost of fees, regulations, laws, the department is in need of your help. We want to continue providing the excellent service to the community and maintain the family that we have built. If you would like to help by donating you can send a check to the Morongo Valley Fire Department. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and will help the needs. Also there will be upcoming fundraisers in the near future if you would like to help and attend. Please check back for more details.
Morongo Valley Fire Department (MVFD) is the gateway fire and medical response resource located on CA State Highway 62 in San Bernardino County. San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States. Millions of miles are driven each year on this highway, which is known as one of the most dangerous highways in California. One of the highway's most popular destinations is Joshua Tree National Park. The highway also passes through the world's largest Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California.
Responding to people in dire medical need where life and death seconds count is handled professionally every day by the dedicated MVFD fire chief and a trained team of 25 firefighters, paramedics, captains, engineers, and reserves.
Unexpectedly, the MVFD's Medic Engine 461, has gone down and is out of commission after 13 years in service on mountainous desert terrain that most cars have trouble traversing. The MVFD's back-up engine 462 is a 1991 model that honestly looks like it should be in a museum.
In an unincorporated rural community of only 3,450 people, Morongo Valley does not have enough financial resources to purchase a critically needed 4 x 4 all terrain fire/medic engine to replace the current engine.
We are reaching out to family and friends far and wide to help raise the $500,000 needed to purchase a new fire/medic engine by Christmas. A donation of any size will help us make this goal. Donations up to $50 will receive a custom signed postcard from our grateful fire department team. Donations up to $100 will receive a thank-you postcard and a Highway Heroes coffee mug. Donations up to $200 will receive the signed postcard and a Highway Heroes tee shirt. Donations greater than $200 will receive the signed post card, the coffee mug, the tee-shirt, and an extra-special animated/singing firefighter plush toy dalmatian donated to the MVFD by PBC, International of Oxnard, California. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available! All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Think of it! You can buy a piece of a real fire engine for your child, niece/nephew or grandchild this holiday season and you will ensure that the MVFD can respond to the next person in dire need. We are grateful for your consideration and donation of any amount.
Chief Jock Johnson
Morongo Valley Fire Department