Saturday, April 25

The Upland Fire Department

Department Overview

The Upland Fire Department, as with other fire service organizations, was created by concerned citizens to protect the community from fires. The original intent was to keep fires localized or stop the fire from spreading to other buildings and destroying the entire community.

The economic downturn of 2008-09 became the springboard for creative thinking in many areas of city government. One of those areas included the fire service. The Upland Fire Department has responded to the economic challenges by developing a course of action that continues to offer an “All Risk” level of emergency service by using the economy of scale to our advantage thus reducing duplications in effort.

One example of this action plan is the development of regionalization and shared services. In January of 2014, the Upland Fire Department merged their fire administration with the Montclair Fire Department. Below is a quick example of the shared responsibilities of the Upland/Montclair Fire administrative staff:

2013 Emergency Incidents = 12,000
Fire Stations = 6
Air Operations = (1) Air Ambulance
Full-Time Personnel = 72
Part-Time Personnel = 4
Square Miles = 22
Population = 111,000
Points of interest = Residential with Urban interface, (2) Interstate freeways, large private airport, Metrolink rail system, transcontinental railroad, and two large scale shopping centers.

Upland Fire/REACH Air Medical Services Partnership

Specific to Upland Fire, an example of an additional shared service relationship is the air ambulance program between the Upland Fire Department and REACH Air Medical Services. In 2010, REACH Air Medical Services collaboratively with Upland Fire Department opened a new base in Upland, California. Since that time, the public/private partnership with REACH provides life-saving 24/7 emergency helicopter service to San Bernardino County and surrounding areas as part of the county’s system of air ambulances.

Together Upland Fire and REACH are honored to be an example of a successful public/private partnership where the level of success is measured one life at a time.