After the passing of the First Responder Tax in April 2019, Grand Junction Fire Department is well into construction of the first of three new fire stations. Station 6 located at 729 27 Road will be home to a ladder truck and an ambulance crew. Six firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, and an additional battalion chief in the future, are expected to staff the station 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The station is expected to open in November 2020.
As part of the construction phase, GJFD will be providing regular project updates to the community. Residents can sign up to receive text message updates by texting GJFD6 to 888777. Updates will also be posted to the Department’s social media accounts: Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter, and Instagram as well as the City’s website. In addition to community notifications, local media will also receive a weekly notice of activity in and around the site.
The 10,000 square foot station will be home for the crews, vehicles, and equipment used in the field every day. It will also have a fitness room where crews can maintain physical fitness, offices for a Battalion Chief, Captain, and crew members, specialized equipment like a hose tower that doubles as a training area, washing machines for protective equipment, and will be the first GJFD station with an exhaust filtration system to further reduce exposure to carcinogens. Living quarters will consist of eight bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living area all with alerting systems that are adjustable to promote quick response and firefighter health and well-being. All the existing GJFD stations have specialty duties or functions, and Station 6 is expected to serve as the primary mutual aid partner for the Grand Junction Regional Airport for both EMS and fire operations.
This week, construction crews poured the driveway for the station and continued work on the foundation. Construction is currently happening during business hours on weekdays. Traffic, noise, and dust impacts to the surrounding area are expected to be minimal in this time frame.