Indian Wells Fire Department

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Fire services for the City of Indian Wells are provided through a cooperative agreement with the State of California (Cal-Fire) and the County of Riverside. Cal-Fire/Riverside County Fire Department is an all risk, full service fire department and has a fire station located strategically within the City of Indian Wells with provide highly effective protection. Additionally, because of this regional cooperative agreement, the City benefit from resources responding from other nearby station, ensuring that peak loads and major incidents are handled promptly. This reduces loss of life and property while helping to keep cost down. The men and women of Cal-Fire/Riverside County Fire Department are dedicated to their mission of protecting lives, property and natural resources within the City of Indian Wells.

Cove Values ~ Safety, Leadership, Integrity, Competence and Customer Service

Current Incident Information

Fire Station 55
44900 El Dorado Drive
(760) 568-5252

Fire Chiefs

Eddy Moore, Deputy Fire Chief
East Operations
(951) 940-6900

Tyrell Davis, Division Fire Chief
West Desert Division
(760) 393-3450

Bryan White, Battalion Chief
Battalion 12 – Coves
(760) 340-4352

Mike Beverlin, Battalion Chief
Battlion 12-Coves
(760) 328-9565

Staff Members

James Frater, Fire Marshal
Office – 2300 Market Street, Riverside
(951) 955-4777

Sonia Cooley, Deputy Fire Marshal
Office - 73510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert
(760) 346-1870

Thomas Cervantes, Fire Safety Specialist
(760) 346-1870


Application & Forms

Office of the Fire Marshal

The purpose of the City of Indian Wells Office of the Fire Marshal is to provide services aimed at reducing the risk of fire and injuries to the public. Our staff ensures public safety is maintained by accomplishing the following duties:

  • Adopts and enforces codes and ordinances relative to fire and life safety issues associated with commercial, industrial, and residential development.
  • Coordinates the inspection of commercial buildings, and enforces hazardous materials regulations.
  • Works with Developers and City planning departments on development projects impacting fire protection services, from conception through planning process approval.
  • Conducts new construction inspections, fire safety inspections, and State Fire Marshal-required inspections, and enforces applicable fire codes and ordinances.
  • Interacts with Developers, Architects, and Engineers to meet the fire protection requirements for buildings and developments by reviewing all architectural blue prints, development plans, and proposals submitted in the City of Indian Wells.
  • Coordinates Business Inspection program, so all the businesses within the City of Indian Wells are evaluated for Fire and Life Safety hazards.

Fire Inspection: call (760) 346-1870 to schedule

Time Frames:

  • Plan review turnaround times is 10-15 working days
  • To schedule a field inspection, call our office at least 48 hours before the desired date

Fire Prevention Tips

Riverside County Fire Department offers these 10 tips to maximize fire safety:

  1. Install and maintain smoke detectors.
  2. Practice a home fire escape plan.
  3. Make sure that all tobacco products are thoroughly extinguished.
  4. Cook carefully and never leave cooking unattended.
  5. Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  6. Use only child-resistant lighters and store all matches up high away from children.
  7. To cool a burn, run cool water over it for 10 to 15 minutes. Never put butter or grease on a burn. If burned skin blisters or is charred, see a doctor immediately. Never use ice on a burn.
  8. Use electricity safely. Replace any electrical cords that are cracked or frayed and if an electrical appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, then have it serviced before using it again.
  9. Crawl low under smoke. During a fire, smoke and poisonous gases rise with the heat. The air is cleaner near the floor. If you encounter smoke while you are escaping from a fire, use an alternate escape route.
  10. Stop, drop and roll. If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the grounds, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames.

Lastly, don't use fireworks - They are illegal in the City of Indian Wells.

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