The first responders of Fire Station 71 in Malibu will be working out of a temporary Zuma Beach station next to lifeguard headquarters while the old station is razed and rebuilt.
Firefighters moved to 30050 Pacific Coast Highway on Thursday at Zuma Beach, a fire department spokesman said. Construction is expected to take about a year. The cost of the project is estimated at $8.4 million.
The station to be razed next week at 28722 PCH, near Zumirez Drive, was built in 1939 and is one of fire department's oldest.
The new station will have a bay large enough to accommodate two fire engines and a paramedic squad; it also will include an upgraded septic system.
Matt Doolin of Topanga Art Tile, which specializes in porcelain tiles fired with hand-painted glazes, will contribute to the new building.
Community members are concerned about the longer response times from Zuma Beach compared to the spot near Zumirez Drive.