The Grand Junction Fire Department graduated 17 new firefighters today. These new recruits went through a 19-week academy to learn firefighting, technical rescue, emergency medicine, hazardous materials, fire prevention, and community risk reduction. Today their hard work paid off and the recruits became firefighters. This graduation was a first for our department as we practiced social distancing and limited attendees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The graduation was live streamed on our Facebook page and can be viewed there.
While these men and women learned the necessary skills to become proficient firefighters, they also made sure to remain safe during the pandemic. Instructors and recruits made COVID-19 safety a priority during the academy. Daily temperature checks, constant hand sanitizing, and several mask changes became part of their daily routine; along with classes, tests, and practical exercises at the training facility. The recruits were required to practice social distancing and wore masks in the classroom and on the training ground
These 17 new recruits will begin their career inside the firehouse starting next week. These recruits will help staff our new stations funded by the First Responder Tax that was passed in April 2019. This tax provides 0.5% to fund fire stations, firefighters, police officers, dispatchers and support staff. These new firefighters will assist in staffing the new Station 6.
For more information on today’s graduation contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org