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Nitro firefighter Darek Ashley has passed his three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship test.

NITRO, W.Va. — A city of Nitro firefighter has successfully passed certain skills tests, elevating his status as fireman.

Firefighter Darek Ashley successfully tested and passed his three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship test. The Nitro fireman spent over 6,000 hours over that period in training to become a journeymen firefighter.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Ashley and a milestone in any firefighter’s career and moves the Nitro Fire Department forward in keeping community safe,” said Casey Mathes, Nitro Fire Chief.

The Nitro Fire Department handles approximately 1,200 calls a year.

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