By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/16/13, 9:57 PM PST |

Montclair and Upland city councils Monday night each approved the final agreements merging the the city’s fire administration and the eventual drop of boundary lines.

The two-year pilot program will be launched in January merging administration of both departments.

“This is the future for Southern California, and we are setting the model,” said Montclair Councilman Bill Ruh

In June, the boundary lines between the two cities will be formally dropped, allowing the closest engine to an emergency to respond regardless of city.

The cities will split the compensation for Upland Fire Chief Rick Mayhew and a fire marshal, with Upland paying 67 percent and Montclair paying 33 percent or $81,653.

With the merger the fire departments from both cities will operate as one entity. Mayhew will become chief of both departments and answer to both city councils.

A deputy fire chief will be assigned as fire marshal.

Upland expects to save $156,000 from sharing the two positions with Montclair.

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