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News ImageNewly updated City App with a more friendly interface
April 20, 2016  Would like to submit service requests directly from your Smartphone?

Check out our newly improved and more friendly user interface service request App on Apple and Android systems. Search for "City of Downey" App.


News Image"If I Were Mayor" Student Contest
April 19, 2016  Mayor Alex Saab invites you to enter the “If I Were Mayor” contest and share your ideas on how to make our City a better place to live!
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News ImageProject Construction Notice
April 12, 2016  Please be advised that the Lakewood Blvd./Rosemead Blvd. at Telegraph Rd. intersection will be under heavy construction beginning Wednesday April 13, 2016 and is expected to extend until the end of June while the intersection and approaches are being reconstructed with concrete. The approaches to the intersection will be reduced to one lane only in each direction during this anticipated two-and-one-half month period. As a result, heavy delays are anticipated at this intersection. Alternate routes are suggested.
( Construction Notice )

Special Memorial Fund for Officer Ricardo Galvez
November 20, 2015  Special fund has been set-up to assist the family of Fallen Downey Police Officer Ricardo Galvez. See press release for details.
( Press Release )

Downey Mourns Loss of Officer Ricardo Galvez
November 19, 2015  We are in mourning
( Press Release )

November 5, 2015  Please note that some of our City phone numbers have changed. CLICK HERE TO VIEW MOST UP TO DATE NUMBERS.

News ImageCoyote Sightings in Downey
August 13, 2015  There have been recent reports of coyote sightings in the City of Downey...

News ImageHazardous Materials Spill – 605 Freeway
October 11, 2011  On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Downey Fire with assistance from Santa Fe Springs Fire, responded to the southbound 605 freeway for a reported vehicle leaking fuel.  Upon arrival, fire units determined a big rig truck had lost 90-gallons of its diesel fuel from one of its fuel tank. 

News ImageResidential Structure Fire – Florence Avenue
October 10, 2011  On Monday, October 10, 2011, Downey Fire, with assistance from LA County Fire, responded to a reported residential garage fire in the 7200 block of Florence Avenue.  


News ImageFire Prevention Week
October 10, 2011  Downey Fire units are scheduled to visit elementary schools throughout Downey to deliver an important message of how to protect your family from fire.  This year’s fire prevention week campaign is about keeping you, you family, and your community safe from fire.


News ImageApartment Structure Fire – Old River School Road
October 9, 2011  On Sunday, October 09, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported apartment fire in the 11600 block of Old River School Road.  Upon arrival, Downey Fire units found smoke showing from a first floor window.  The fire was quickly extinguished by first arriving units.  One juvenile patient was treated for smoke inhalation and lacerations to his hand. 

News ImageTraffic Collision Persons Trapped – Old River School Road
October 7, 2011  On Friday, October 7, 2011 Downey Fire responded to Old River School Road and Rio Flora for a reported vehicle collision with persons trapped.  Truck 611 utilized their “jaws of life” to remove the car’s door and dashboard in order to gain access to a 21 year old female driver.  The female patient was transported by Downey Paramedics to St. Francis Medical-Trauma Center for further medical evaluation. 

News ImageVehicle Fire – Angell Street
October 5, 2011  On Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported vehicle fire in 9100 block of Angell Street.  Upon arrival, Downey Fire observed a fully involved single vehicle fire in front of an attached garage at the rear of the property. 

News ImageDog Bite Victim – Brookgreen
October 4, 2011  On Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Downey Fire responded to the 8000 block of Brookgreen for a reported dog bite.  Upon arrival, Downey Fire found a 14 year old male suffering from significant multiple dog bites to his head, neck and torso. 

News ImageExplosive Device - Cheyenne
October 4, 2011  On Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported explosive device at a residence located in the 8000 block of Cheyenne. 

News ImageLive Fire – US&R – Fire Investigation Training
October 3, 2011  During the week of October 3rd, Downey Fire crews participated in live fire and US&R training at the former Gallatin Medical offices located at 10720 Paramount Blvd.  The medical office buildings, slated for demolition, were graciously offered to Downey Fire for the training event.  

News ImageDowney Police & Fire Gold Tournament
October 3, 2011  The 21st annual Weinberg & D’Alessandro Downey Police & Fire Foundation (DPFF) golf tournament was held on October 3rd at Rio Hondo Country Club.  The DPFF provides assistance to police and fire employees during times of unexpected financial hardship or emergency medical needs.

News ImageRetirement Home Fire – Dolan Ave.
September 24, 2011  On Saturday, September 24th Downey Engine 63 responded to an assistance request to re-set the fire alarm system at Downey Retirement Center.  Upon arrival, Engine 63’s was informed of a dryer fire on the first floor.  The fire was contained to the dryer area as a result of an activated sprinkler head.  The Fire Prevention Bureau followed up to ensure the sprinkler and fire alarm system was properly restored.

News ImageRancho Los Amigos Structure Fire
September 21, 2011  On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a structure fire at a vacant building on the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital grounds. 

News ImageTraffic Collision with Sheared Fire Hydrant – Lakewood & Cecilia
September 19, 2011 

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Downey Engines 64, 63, 61 with USAR 661, Truck 611, Squad 642 under the command of 604 responded to the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Cecilia for a reported single vehicle traffic collision which resulted in a sheared fire hydrant. 


News ImageTraffic Collision – Stewart & Gray Rd.
September 19, 2011  On Thursday September 15, 2011 Downey Engine 61, Squad 641 and Ambulance 645 responded to a reported auto vs. pedestrian.  Upon their arrival, Downey Fire found a two vehicle traffic collision with three injured parties. 

News ImageDrowning Victim – Florence Avenue
September 19, 2011  On Friday, September 16, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported drowning victim at the Corinthian Apartments on Florence Avenue.   

News ImageIndustrial Fire - Home Depot
September 19, 2011  On Thursday, September 15, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported trash compactor fire at Home Depot located at 7121 Firestone Blvd.  Upon arrival, Downey Fire personnel found smoke and fire coming from a large trash compactor. 

News ImageResidential Structure Fire – Dunrobin
September 14, 2011  On Friday, November 9, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported residential structure fire in the 13200 block of Dunrobin.  Upon arrival, Engine 62 observed heavy smoke emanating from the garage area.


News ImageNatural Gas Leak – La Reina
September 14, 2011  On Saturday, November 10, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported natural gas leak inside a structure in the 10400 La Reina.  Upon arrival, Downey Fire found workers at the residential apartment complex had struck a gas line with a stump grinder. 


News Image2011 Rancho Los Amigos Pediatric Carnival
September 14, 2011  The Downey Fire Department was once again honored to participate in the annual Pediatric Carnival at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  The Pediatric Carnival is a day of fun for children who suffer from disabilities caused by traumatic injury or disease. 

News ImageMetro Green Line Fire – Lakewood & 105 Freeway
September 14, 2011  On Saturday, September 10, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported train fire on the Metro Green Line at Lakewood Blvd and the 105 Freeway. 

News ImageNew Paramedics
September 14, 2011  Firefighters Carlos Mata and Zach Nielson have graduated from the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute and are now State-certified paramedics. 

News ImageDowney Firefighters MDA Fill-the-Boot
September 14, 2011  Downey Firefighters MDA Fill-the-Boot Campaign – Saturday, Sept. 24 at Lakewood & Firestone Blvd.

News ImageVehicle into Structure
August 10, 2011  On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, Downey Fire responded to Lakewood Blvd for a report of a vehicle into a structure.  Downey Fire Engine 62 arrived on-scene to find a single automobile had driven into the rear wall of a strip center building resulting in a natural gas leak inside the structure.  Engine 62 quickly secured the utilities and requested an enhanced commercial response. 

News ImageTraffic Accident with Persons Trapped - Paramount & Alameda
March 28, 2011  On March 26, 2011 Downey Fire responded to a reported traffic collision with overturned vehicle at Paramount - Alameda.  Upon their arrival, Downey Fire found a single vehicle, occupied by 4 persons, on its roof with severe damage.  A 19 y/o male, suffering from severe head trauma, remained trapped inside the vehicle. 

Columbia Memorial Space Center
March 3, 2010  An innovative 20,000 square foot, two-story space center set in the new Discovery Sports Complex on the site of the former NASA Downey facility.

News ImageWeight Limit at Firestone Bridge
August 30, 2010  News-Vehicle Weight Limit Reduced to 20 Tons on Firestone Blvd Bridge at San Gabriel River
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News ImageDowntown Specific Plan Receives Award
April 7, 2011  Southern California Association of Governments Recognizes Downey's Downtown Specific Plan

News ImageEmergency Notification System
September 14, 2010  City of Downey implements emergency notification system that Includes over 30,000 landlines and an opt-In system for cell phones and e-mail addresses.