BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
The Kern County Fire Department Wildland and Air Operations Division had their official opening of their new offices and training facility Thursday morning.
The new facility, named Camp 8, is located at 20569 Eumatilla St., near Tehachapi.
The facility was a former school built for the Town of Monolith and later became Monroe High School within the Tehachapi School District.
The property was first used by the fire department as an Incident Command Base Camp during the Canyon Fire and again for the Lightning Complex of 2011, then the Jawbone Fire in 2012.
KCFD purchased the 13 acre school site earlier this year. Crews have been hard at work over the summer, in between fires cleaning and renovating the many buildings and surrounding grounds.
They have created 2 training rooms, a main office area, physical fitness room, kitchen and a break room. They also have sleeping accommodation for 20+ personnel.
The grounds have been cleaned and drought tolerant plants used in the landscaping. There is adequate storage for the many pieces of equipment and vehicles which they use on a daily basis.