Fire

The Morongo Fire Department is responsible for protecting 110 square miles of the reservation land as well as the residential community, tribal enterprises and the 27-story, 44-acre casino. They respond to calls both on and off of the reservation and staffed with about 20 firefighters.

Mission Statement

The Morongo Fire Department’s mission is to provide essential emergency and non-emergency services to protect the lives and property of tribal members, descendants, residents, employees, and guests of the Morongo Indian Reservation and to protect the tribe’s historical, environmental, cultural and economic resources.

Vision Statement

The Morongo Fire Department’s vision is to implement and maintain innovative programs and strategies for life-saving education and training to the Morongo community. Our department envisions ongoing partnerships with other tribal departments, as well as outside public safety agencies, to promote an effective “All Risk” emergency response capability.


Our Staff

Kevin Gaines
Fire Chief
Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Ben Kepner
Fire Captain
Tim Demlow
Fire Captain
Josh Alvarez
Fire Captain
Efrain Vargas
Fire Captain
Joe De La Torre
Fire Captain
Ben Krone
Fire Captain
Pat Trakas
Fire Engineer
Scott Koenig
Fire Engineer
George Miniet
Fire Engineer
Nick Ziegler
Fire Engineer
Armen Asatourian
Fire Engineer
Scott Wilson
Firefighter
Scott Bouch
Firefighter 
Chris Dietz
Firefighter
Paramedic
Jonathan Mainhart
Firefighter
Jason Carrizosa
Firefighter
Paramedic
Layton Penza
Firefighter
Michael Porter
Firefighter Paramed
Scott Mehle
Firefighter Paramedic
Randall Lopez
Firefighter
Paramedic
Christian Valdez
Firefighter
Paramedic
Our Equipment

Truck 1                                                                                                                

Engine 1

Engine 2

Brush Engine 1

Chief 1

Battalion Chief 1

Utility 1

Early 1950’s FWD by Seagrave

Morongo Fire Department

11581 Potrero Road
Banning, CA 92220

For Emergencies Dial 911