No Ed did not test to become fireman. When Nellie was in they asked Ed, you want to be a cop or fireman and he chose fireman and started the next day. Art started on the ambulance service in 77 and then in 86 stated on FD when merged with loss of all time and pension and tested both times. Art served as union President as well but did so for the core of the guys and still had time to further humself as a firefighter and paramedic. Ed was union president and kissed the mayors ass and negotiated contracts to benefit himself and did nothing to improve his firefighter abilities. Then conveniently was appointed chief under selph who then backed ed for mayor. Like I stated I worked in eds first campaign and had sparks or breeding backed out or joined, ed would of lost miserably but the firefighters thought he would be good. He takes office and shutdowns station 3 ambulance and then fails to pay in the pension fund he draws from. Then complacent sets in and done.