Two Derby fire stations will be knocked down and replaced with new state-of-the-art buildings.
Derbyshire Fire Service is demolishing its Ascot Drive station because it is "run down" and contains asbestos.
The fire service's Nottingham Road building in Chaddesden will also be demolished and replaced.
Work on the £5m project to replace the two stations should start by 2006. Fire cover will be provided from a temporary base while the work is under way.
Ascot Drive will also have an area office and community facilities, such as meeting rooms.
Both stations, which are between 30 and 40 years old, are key stations in Derby and cover a large area of the city centre and suburbs.