Emergency Services

The City of Twentynine Palms has responded to emergencies in the past and is ready to respond in the future. In the early hours of October 16, 1999, the City was shaken by the Hector Mine Earthquake, registering a magnitude of 7.1. Although there was minor damage, it was a good test of the City's emergency response. Department heads were at their posts quickly and activated the Emergency Operations Center. The County Emergency Operations Center was contacted through the use of amateur radio operators. City staff passed on information to the County and handled questions from local and Los Angeles media.
The City is an active member of the Morongo Basin Emergency Preparedness committee and the San Bernardino County Operational Area for emergencies. Each year the City participates in drills within the Morongo Basin or with County or state-wide coordination. In addition, staff has attended emergency training courses at the California Specialized Training Institute in San Luis Obispo and local training.
Each City employee is required to complete at least two online training courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Department heads are required to complete three more advanced courses.

Ambulance Services

Morongo Basin Ambulance, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation
Morongo Basin Ambulance (MBA) proudly serves San Bernardino and Riverside County communities, providing 911 emergency medical and non-emergency medical transportation. Founded in 1948 as a non-profit corporation, they are the sole provider of 911 emergency ambulance services to Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Rimrock, Flamingo Heights, Landers, Johnson Valley, Wonder Valley, and Amboy.
As a non-profit corporation, all monies over and above operating costs are put back into the company and the communities they serve. MBA does not operate to maximize profit but instead provides optimal service. As an employer of Paramedics, EMTs, Nurses, and Dispatchers, they are a leader in the industry in providing Advanced Life Support level care with Paramedics in our desert communities.
If your need is ALS Emergency AmbulanceBLS Medical Transport, or Stand-By Ambulance for special events and movie production sets, you can be assured that Morongo Basin Ambulance is committed to providing the best possible patient care and medical transportation services available through the continuous pursuit of innovative ideas and quality services throughout every department of our company.
For more information, contact Morongo Basin Ambulance by calling (760) 366-8474 or by filling out their online contact form.

Utility Emergencies


San Bernardino County CERT

San Bernardino County Community Emergency Response Team

First responders will likely be overwhelmed in the first hours and even days following a catastrophic disaster. CERT-trained professional volunteers learn important skills to safely care for themselves, their families, and their community until first responders arrive.
For more information on CERT and how to learn more about disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, disaster psychology, and terrorism disasters, contact San Bernardino County Fire at (760) 367-7524.