The 1980's brought growth and prosperity to the Chino Valley. Many new business and residential developments established the need for additional personnel and the construction of two new stations.
In 1985, the concept of a county-wide fire department was developed. The merger of the Chino Fire District and the San Bernardino County Fire Agency was planned to consolidate the district and the agency under one governing group, the County Board of Supervisors. While the idea had merit, it was found to have a serious financial downside. The funds that were generated by the Chino Fire District for fire protection were not being spent in the district. They were shared with other communities. There was no local control for fire protection. This led to the creation of Proposition W for the 1990 election, the formation of an independent fire district.
The Chino Valley Independent Fire District was created as a board-governed fire district in November 1990. The District was formed as the fire authority for the cities of Chino and Chino Hills, as well as surrounding portions of unincorporated San Bernardino County.
The two new fire stations that were designed in the 1980's were completed in the early 1990's. Station 66 in Chino Hills was completed in 1990, and Station 64 in Carbon Canyon was completed in 1991. Five new Pierce Arrow 1500 GPM fire engines were ordered to replace the older engines that had serviced the district for the past 25 years. Staffing levels increased by one-third to accommodate the residential growth of the Chino Hills area and the industrial growth of the City of Chino. These personnel were utilized to staff a second paramedic unit for the district and to provide staffing for the 1994 Simon LTI, 100-foot, tillered ladder truck.
In November 2008, the Chino Valley Fire District moved into a brand new state-of-the-art administration building. The new facility has four conference rooms designated for district meetings, a new boardroom with seating for 57, and office space totaling 17,000 square feet. The district’s new administration facility will provide enough space for the fire district to handle the anticipated growth in the cities of Chino and Chino Hills for years to come.
In November 2011 the Chino Valley Fire District opened Fire Station 61 and a new Training Center on Schaefer Avenue in Chino. Fire Station 61 is a 13,000-plus square-foot, four and a half bay station that houses a Paramedic Engine, a Ladder Truck and a Battalion Chief. The Training Center is over 6,600 square-feet and includes training classrooms and staff offices. The site includes a five-story training tower with burn rooms and numerous props.
In September 2011 the Chino Valley Fire District opened a seventh Fire Station on Riverside Drive in Chino. The new Fire Station is a state-of-the-art facility measuring nearly 9,000 square feet. There is one engine company housed at Fire Station 67, but was designed to house up to two engine companies in the future.
Construction of these facilities was made possible through the use of Chino Redevelopment Agency funds and developer fees, as well as the strong partnership between the City of Chino and the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.