Battalion Chief Ron Nelson started his career in the fire service in 1981 at Valley Fire Service (currently Rural Metro) in Josephine County. Ron held positions as Communication Coordinator and Senior Fire Captain. He has had served at several different fire departments in the Rogue Valley Area. Moving to the public sector service with Grants Pass Fire Rescue in 1990, Ron worked as a Firefighter for over 6 years. In 1996, he transitioned to the Medford Fire-Rescue team and served as a Firefighter and EMT Intermediate. He was promoted to Fire Captain in June of 2005 and Battalion Chief on "A" Shift in July 2016.
Battalion Chief Nelson serves on the Training Committee, the Hazmat Team, and helped with design of our two new fire stations. He provided training and policy development for our Search Guidelines. He holds degrees in Fire Science and General Education. He also carries a Fire Service Administrator Certification.
Ron and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 35 years and have 4 grown children. Their 3 sons are all serving in the same profession, as firefighters. Their daughter is in her masterís program and will be a school teacher. The family enjoys farming, 4-H, camping, outdoor activities and hunting. Travel and cruising are enjoyed by the entire family.