The 1980s brought growth and prosperity to the Chino Valley. Increased residential developments and new businesses created the need for additional fire personnel and two new fire stations.
The concept of forming a county-wide fire department that would merge the Chino Fire District and the San Bernardino County Fire Agency was presented in 1985. The proposed merger would consolidate the district and the agency under one governing group: The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. While the idea had merit, it created a severe financial downside and eliminated local control for fire protection. Funds generated by the Chino Fire District for fire protection were shared with other communities and were not spent in the district. As a result, Proposition W was placed on the ballot for the 1990 election. Voters approved the proposition and established the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.
The Chino Valley Independent Fire District was established in November 1990 as a board-governed fire district with fire authority in Chino, Chino Hills, and surrounding unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.
Fire Station 66 in Chino Hills was completed in 1990, and Fire Station 64 in Chino Hills’ Carbon Canyon area 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 25 years. Staffing levels increased by one-third to accommodate the residential growth in Chino Hills and the industrial growth in Chino. The newly hired personnel staffed a second paramedic unit for the district and provided staffing for the 1994 Simon LTI, a 100-foot, tiller ladder truck.
In November 2008, the Chino Valley Fire moved into a new state-of-the-art administration building. The new facility has three conference rooms designated for district meetings, a new boardroom with seating for 57, and office space totaling 17,000 square feet.
In September 2011, Chino Valley Fire opened a seventh fire station on Riverside Drive in Chino. The station is a state-of-the-art facility measuring nearly 9,000 square feet. There is one engine company and an ambulance housed at Fire Station 67 but was designed to house up to two engine companies in the future.
In November 2011, the Chino Valley Fire District opened Fire Station 61 and 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, a hazardous materials unit, an ambulance, a water tender, and a battalion chief. The training center is over 6,600 square feet and includes training classrooms and staff offices. In addition, the site includes a five-story training tower with burn rooms and numerous props.
Construction of these facilities was made possible through the use of Chino Redevelopment Agency funds and developer fees and the strong partnership between the City of Chino and the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.