Grand Junction Fire Department is celebrating putting two new clean cab engines in service and was recently approved to purchase a third. These engines are the first of their kind at the department as GJFD moves toward cancer-conscious firefighting operations. Clean cab engines offer a safer working environment for crews by eliminating the need to put contaminated gear back in the main cab with crew members after a fire. One of the engines will replace aging equipment at station 4. The other engine will operate out of Station 3 allowing the current vehicle serving as Truck 3 to transition to operating out of Station 6 when it opens later this year. The third engine to be ordered will replace aging equipment at Station 5.
In Service Ceremonies will be held for each engine to officiate their first day as front-line apparatus for the department. To honor a focus on the future, Grand Junction Fire Department is looking forward to celebrating the occasions with neighboring schools by having students and teachers help with the ceremonies.
Engine 4 Ceremony: Friday, February 14th from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM at GJFD Station 4
Engine 3 Ceremony: To be announced in coming month
Engine 5 Ceremony: To be determined- expected late 2020
GJFD worked with Pierce Manufacturing Incorporated to design and build each Enforcer engine to specifically meet the needs of the citizens and fire crews of Grand Junction. With extra storage space for dirty gear, these engines offer a way to reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens from smoke, soot, and gasses after a fire. Each engine cost $585,000, not including the equipment they will carry. They are expected to serve the community and the department for the next 12-15 years depending on the amount of wear and tear they experience during their service.
Chief Ken Watkins said, “We’re thrilled to see these new engines not only serving the community but serving our fire crews by creating a safer working environment.” The engines are part of many changes at GJFD to keep crews safer during their careers. New changes include: on-scene decontamination, extra sets of protective gear for firefighters to always have a clean set, mandated use of breathing apparatus and air monitoring after a fire, and special filtration systems in the design of new stations.
For more information on the ceremonies or the engines contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.