Less than a year spent on the job
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2011 06:34:00 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Wurl will retire at the end of the month after serving less than a year as the county’s top firefighter.

Wurl, whose last day is March 30, was presented with a special resolution by Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales during Tuesday’s board meeting at the San Bernardino County Government Center.

During his 36 years as a firefighter for various San Bernardino County agencies, Wurl said he bore witness to the most devastating wildfires and floods in the county’s history including the Panorama Fire of 1980, the Old Fire and Christmas Day Flood of 2003 and the Slide and Grass Valley fires in Lake Arrowhead in 2007.

Wurl, 54, joined the county fire department in 1995 after serving five years as chief of the Running Springs Fire Department.

“I’ve seen a lot. It’s hard to do this,” said Wurl Tuesday after receiving his resolution.

San Bernardino County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said Wurl led the charge in a reorganization of the department, which saw 37 districts consolidated into four. In addition, she said Wurl is credited with bringing a paramedic program to Fontana.

“We’re going to miss him so much. He was an awesome fire chief,” Martinez said.

County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux appointed Wurl to succeed Fire Chief Pat Dennen last June after Dennen retired. It came less than a year after a highly publicized incident in which both Dennen and Wurl were placed on suspension and each was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution for using a fire department trailer, on county time, to move Wurl’s personal belongings from his home in Running Springs to his new home in Yucaipa.

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