Upland fire decals replaced on equipment as department becomes county-operated

UPLAND >> Upland Fire Capt. Jeff Schneider stared at the bare tiller truck parked inside fire headquarters. Only a faint outline of the city seal remained.

Schneider was briefly at a loss for words.

“It’s not really emotional, it’s just a little bit different,” said Schneider, a 13-year veteran of the department. “I think it’s just a sign of change of things to come. A good change for all the Upland fire employees and all the residents of the city.”

Minutes later, in an unofficial ceremonial move, Schneider and San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Chris Gorman placed and sealed the new dual city and county decals together, signifying the beginning of the end for the Upland Fire Department.

Last week, the Local Agency Formation Commission approved Upland’s request to dissolve its fire department into San Bernardino County Fire as a money-saving move.

With the approval, the city’s fire station properties, employees, assets, obligations, as well as liabilities, will be transferred Saturday to San Bernardino County Fire.

Schneider had walked down the street from Upland Unified School District offices, where Upland fire employees are spending the week in orientation, to the city’s fire headquarters at 475 N. Second Avenue to sneak a peek at the progress.

Between Monday and Tuesday, 21 pieces of Upland Fire Department apparatus — ranging from engines, investigator and staff vehicles, as well as the tiller truck — will receive the new county fire emblem, said San Bernardino County spokeswoman Tracey Martinez.

• Photos: Upland fire trucks now have San Bernardino County Fire logos

By noon Monday, two men from a graphics company were working on removing the white and yellow striping from the tiller truck. The duo had worked for nearly three hours to remove the Upland city seal on the door and the wording “Upland Fire” from the top of the truck.

The Upland Fire trucks and engines were…

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