PHOTO: New digs for County Fire Department underway

SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Construction has started on permanent headquarters of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District.

The county is repurposing the former Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) building on South Tippecanoe Avenue in San Bernardino.

The new headquarters will house for the first time under one roof the fire district's Administration, Fire Marshal, and Training, Safety & EMS divisions.

The County to terminate costly leases and allow the fire district to work more efficiently.

It provides services to more than 60 communities and all of the county’s unincorporated areas. The district operates 48 fire stations and seven paid-call/volunteer fire stations. It has 1,060 employees, including more than 760 firefighters.