On Saturday, May 4th, multiple public safety agencies will be working together to recognize National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day with an emergency drill and education event. Lower Valley Fire Department, the Grand Junction Fire Department, the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center, and Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a wildfire evacuation drill designed by Mesa County Office of Emergency Management. The drill will focus only on the Deer Park subdivision in the Redlands.
Between 8:00 and 11:00 AM, residents and people in the area can expect to see a heavy presence of emergency vehicles. This is opportunity allows citizens and public safety agencies to practice working together on a complex issue. As part of the drill crews will be practicing their standard response to a wildfire. Residents in that neighborhood will receive emergency notifications to evacuate to a central area for a community education event.
From 10:00 to 11:00 AM an education event will be held in the neighborhood focusing on preparing your home and your family for wildfire. The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center will be helping residents register for emergency notifications, the American Red Cross will be providing information on evacuation kits, Two Rivers Wildfire Council will be teaching about defensible space, and Grand Junction Fire Department will be demonstrating fire behavior and defensible space.
This is the first drill to address wildland fire safety concerns in our community. For more information on this event, or if you are interested in having a similar event in your neighborhood, contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.