Hesperia recently bid farewell to one Fire Captain and welcomed another into its fold.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department promoted Captain Eric Spies to the Hesperia area and assigned Captain Matt Nielson, who began his career in Hesperia, to Yucca Valley.

In total, County Fire promoted 11 to the position of captain.

Cpt. Spies began his firefighting career in 1999 as a fire explorer in Phelan and later landed a spot within the department in 2006.

In addition, Cpt. Spies has also held a position on the “County Fire Honor Guard” for the past five years and has served as a labor rep for Local 935 during that timespan.

Cpt. Matt Nielson will start his new assignment at Station 42 in Yucca Valley, continuing a career as a paramedic that began in Hesperia when the county was transitioning in 2003.