Veteran Fire Engine Finds New Life in the Grand Valley


A former Grand Junction Fire Department apparatus has found a new home in the Grand Valley and will continue to be put to good use in our community. East Orchard Mesa (EOM) Fire Department recently won a bid to purchase a 2000 E-One Cyclone Engine from the City of Grand Junction.

EOM Training Officer Dane Van Loon said the upgrade will help bring the volunteer department into the future, “The engine we have now is a 1989 model, with this new engine we are moving our department forward by over a decade.” Van Loon said the new apparatus is not only an upgrade in technology, but it will broaden the capacity of the fire department to be able to tackle wildland and urban interface fires, carry gear more efficiently, and provide safer technology for the volunteer firefighters.

The engine served the Grand Junction Fire Department for over 16 years. Chief Ken Watkins said, “It’s good to see an apparatus stay in the valley. This investment continues to protect people in our community, and I’m glad that East Orchard Mesa Fire Department can make that happen.”

As the City of Grand Junction updates equipment, aging technology is auctioned off. This year, six pieces of apparatus and equipment from GJFD went to auction. Of all of the equipment, only one hose dryer and the engine mentioned above went to other Fire Departments in the Grand Valley.

The EOM Fire Department is a non-profit all volunteer department, hosting about 10 volunteer firefighters. While the purchase of the engine is a great advancement for the department, it is one that doesn’t come very often. “Most of our equipment is donated. While this engine is really exciting for our department, we still have a long way to go to upgrade protective equipment for our personnel.” If you would like to know more about the department, or if you are interested in volunteering, visit


Above: EOM Training Officer Dane Van Loon, GJFD Fire Chief Ken Watkins, and EOM Firefighter Zach Kissell celebrate the transfer of the engine to East Orchard Mesa Fire Department.

Learn Before You Burn: Grand Junction Fire Department Now Issuing Open Burning Permits


As of today, the Grand Junction Fire Department will begin selling burn permits for the Spring burn season. The burn permits are valid for open burning between March 1st and April 30th,2017.  With the new Burn Ordinance passed by City Council, this open burning season and associated burn permits will differ from previous burn seasons.

Measures of the new ordinance and burn permits issued by GJFD apply only to properties in the City of Grand Junction. Grand Junction Rural Fire Protection District, outlying rural areas, and other parts of Mesa County will receive their burn permits and guidelines through the Mesa County Health Department permit system.

Changes to the City Burn Ordinance and burn permits issued by GJFD:

-Open burn permits will be issued to persons in the city limits with properties equal to or greater than one acre in size.

-Persons with properties smaller than one acre may only apply for permits to conduct open burning for the purpose of maintaining connected irrigation ditches or laterals.

-Open burning that does not meet the above criteria is prohibited.

-Once a property owner receives a permit, open burning must take place at least 50 feet from property lines, structures, fences, dwellings, or places where people gather.

Reminders about burn permits issued by GJFD:

-Should a fire ban or red flag warning be issued, all burning is prohibited, even with issued permits.

-Materials used for open burning may not be larger than one inch in diameter.

-Materials that may not be burned include treated, stained, or painted wood, household waste, rubber, tires, insulated wire, batteries, cars, asbestos containing materials, tar-containing materials, and railroad ties.

To learn how to determine if you qualify for a permit visit

To read the newly adopted Burn Ordinance see

For residents with questions, feel free to call us at (970)549-5800.

More Opportunities to Learn Hands-Only CPR With GJFD


This week the Grand Junction Fire Department is expanding offerings for free hands-only CPR courses in Mesa County. Spokesperson Ellis Thompson-Ellis said, “We have a free community event this Friday at 6:00 PM at the Clifton Fire Station. The class is about 30 minutes and anyone can register at”

 As part of the program’s expansion, the GJFD will also be teaching courses this week at a Rotary Club and local high schools including Grand Junction High School and R-5. Thompson-Ellis said, “Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to people of any age; children and young adults are no exception. We want to give everyone in our community the tools they need to help save a life.” 

If you ever have to give CPR, the chances of it being a loved one are high. Of the 350,000 cardiac arrests that happen out of a hospital each year, about 70% of those occur at the home. Hands-only CPR courses with the Grand Junction Fire Department give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively respond to cardiac emergencies. With regards to the class Thompson-Ellis said, “While the topic of life or death decisions is very serious, our classes are a lot of fun and very interactive. We teach using disco music, hands-on practice, and humor to get our point across.”

The Grand Junction Fire Department also offers to bring this class to local businesses, clubs, and other organizations. To schedule a class for your organization call (970)549-5858 or for more information on the program visit


GJFD Offers Hope for Families with Children Interested in Fireplay


The Grand Junction Fire Department offers many outreach services to our community. One of the lesser-known services, our Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program, provides assessment and education for children and families experiencing fireplay or fire curiosity.

Scott Myers, GJFD intervention specialist, said, “Any type of fireplay in children is dangerous. Children can’t control fire, and often experiment while they are unsupervised which can lead to dangerous situations. This is not a phase that they simply grow out of.”

Myers said, “When someone is concerned with a child’s fireplay, they can contact us for support. Essentially we reach out to the family to provide a short assessment of their risk and provide education for the child and the family about choices, consequences, and home safety.”

Parents who have children as young as one should be cautious about household items. Lighters and matches can often seem like toys to children who seek to imitate adults. All fire-starting materials should be kept secure and out of reach of children at all times. Parents can also teach children to report all found matches and lighters to an adult immediately.

Myers said, “If a family needs resources beyond what the Fire Department can provide, we can refer them to the right services for their needs.”

If you would like more information about the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program, or would like to report a concern you have about a child’s fire curiosity, contact the GJFD Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at

Fall Citizens Public Safety Academy

Have you ever wondered what a day is like at the Grand Junction Police Department, Fire Department or 911 Communications Center? When you call 911, what happens on the other end of the phone? Is investigating a crime scene really like what you see on TV? What is it like to respond to a fire or medical emergency call? If you have these questions and others, the Grand Junction Citizens Public Safety Academy is for you!

Applications are now available for the Citizens Public Safety Academy offered by the Grand Junction Police Department, Fire Department and 911 Communications Center. The course is on Thursday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm, August 18th through November 17th. Space is limited!

For additional information please call Jeannie Lewis, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 970.549.5130


Excel Energy Flaring; GJFD units will be on standby

NEWS RELEASEXcel Energy2538 Blichmann AveGrand Junction, CO 81505

(970) 244-2611

May 10, 2016


Xcel Energy Gas Project

1100 Independent Avenue – Grand Junction, CO


Grand Junction, CO: Xcel Energy will be conducting routine maintenance of gas infrastructure near 1100 Independent Avenue (the west side of the lower parking lot of Golden Corral). As part of this work, portions of the road will be closed and gas flaring will take place on Tuesday morning, May 17, 2016.


Gas flaring is a common practice that safely and effectively releases gas from pipelines. The Grand Junction Fire Department will be on site during the flaring process to ensure public safety. There are no planned outages associated with this work.


For more information please contact Kelly Flenniken 970-244-2611 or 970-778-1118.



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