OVERVIEW: The Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has passed a resolution (2018-99) to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Board of Directors listened to more than four hours of public testimony on Tuesday, Oct. 16, before deciding on a 3-2 vote, with board members Robert Lovingood and Janice Rutherford in opposition, to expand the boundaries of Fire Service Area FP-5 to include Grand Terrace, Yucca Valley, and all unincorporated areas not already receiving fire and emergency medical services from other districts, except for unincorporated areas within Montclair’s sphere of influence. Service Zone FP-5 had previously included Helendale, San Antonio Heights and the cities of San Bernardino, Needles, Twentynine Palms and Upland.
The district is currently operating under a $29 million shortfall, the only alternatives other than expanding the Service Zone FP-5 were severe cuts to fire services or continuing to subsidize fire services in some communities with funds collected from property owners in other areas of the County. The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to residents throughout the entire county. The district covers 19,278 of the county’s 20,053 square miles and serves more than 1 million people throughout the County.
The decision by the Fire District Board, will now provide a healthy stream of revenue to maintain current first-responder services throughout the Fire District and help move the organization towards financial stability for the future. These tax dollars will begin flowing into the County Fire Protection District next year.