Ashland Fire and Rescue completed its engineer exam recently in which ten firefighters completed a process including a written test followed by exercises in hydrology, driving obstacle course, urban and rural pumping scenarios, and a city street road test.

Ashland Fire and Rescue completed its engineer exam recently in which ten firefighters completed a process including a written test followed by exercises in hydrology, driving obstacle course, urban and rural pumping scenarios, and a city street road test.

Held every two to three years, the exam encompasses six months of training and studying, much of which is done on the firefighters' free time.

Successfully completing the engineer exam qualifies firefighters to drive fire apparatus on city streets and creates an order of merit list for promotions to open positions within the fire department.

The engineer exam, although difficult, ultimately translates to firefighters who are more skilled and prepared to do their jobs.

"It's a great way for firefighters to hone their skills while showing us their capabilities," said test proctor and Ashland Fire Captain Scott Hollingsworth.

Proctors from Medford, Klamath Falls, and Rogue River Fire Departments along with Fire District 3 of White City also helped in the scoring of candidates.

Established in 1887, Ashland Fire and Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to more than 3,000 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.

More information about Ashland Fire and Rescue can be found at www.ashland.or.us or by contacting Richard Randleman, at 541-552-2226 or randler@ashland.or.us