New Fee For Cyclists Needing Rescue

ASHLAND, Ore. — Mountain bikers will have to endure a fee if they need medical help in the Ashland Watershed.

Fire Chief John Karns said if a cyclist needs to be rescued in remote areas, they will be responsible for paying the overtime of firefighters called out. So, if two off-duty firefighters are called our for three hours, that would cost the rescuee around $30.

This does not include ambulance fees for residents outside of Ashland. Last summer, Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to about a half-dozen mountain bike crashes in the Watershed.