River Rescue/Assist

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625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-549-5858 FAX: 970-549-5810

News Release

River Rescue/Assist 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shawn Montgomery (PIO) 970-260-3708

Date: 01/08/2015

Address: 5th St. Bridge and River

Alarm Type: Rescue

Time Dispatched: 12:25

The Grand Junction Fire Department’s Rescue Unit was dispatched to the 5th Street Bridge and the Colorado River to assist a patient who was not feeling well. Fire department personnel located the patient on the island just below the 5th Street Bridge. Due to the patient’s location, rescue crews had to don cold weather wet suits and personal flotation devices to ensure the safety of the patient and themselves. The patient was loaded into a device called a “Stokes” basket and carried across the shallow river. The patient was then transported to the hospital without further incident.