Why Upland firefighters are in support of dissolving their own department




UPLAND >> Upland firefighters have a message for city residents: Rethink protesting the annexation of their fire department.

The Upland Professional Firefighters said its members may not be able to adequately safeguard the community should the Upland Fire Department be prevented from annexing into San Bernardino County Fire. So the organization has endorsed the city’s effort to dissolve the department and is asking for the public’s support.

“The condition of the Fire Department in Upland has eroded to a dangerous situation,” Upland Professional Firefighters President Jeff Schneider said in an emailed statement.

Annexing the more than 100-year-old department to San Bernardino County Fire has proven unpopular with some residents, specifically those in the community of San Antonio Heights. The move would transfer the city’s fire station properties, employees, assets, obligations, as well as liabilities, to county fire. San Antonio Heights, which is already served by county fire, would be incorporated into the same service zone as Upland.

Some property and landowners in both Upland and San Antonio Heights are irked because they would have to pay an annual $150 parcel tax — which may increase 3 percent annually — and have launched a campaign to stop the process.

“Residents should think twice about protesting the annexation,” Schneider said. “A vote to protest this process most certainly could mean that you want to put your community at risk now and in the…

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