GJFD 2020 Recruit Graduation

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 [...]

GJFD Wraps Up Fire Academy Funded by First Responder Tax

In March, Grand Junction Fire Department began training the first group of Firefighters funded by the First Responder Tax passed in April 2019. Seventeen new recruits are finishing up a 19-week academy where they learned skills in firefighting, technical rescue, EMS, hazardous materials, fire prevention, and community risk reduction. Ultimately, they will fill spots needed to staff the [...]

GJFD Responds to Two Roadside Fires and Car in Canal

At 7:40 PM Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the area of 24 Road and Highway 6 & 50 for reports of a roadside fire threatening a commercial structure, along with multiple reports of other fires in the area. When crews arrived on scene, they found two fires in the area that they were able [...]

GJFD Responds to Structure Fire on E Parkview Dr.

At 10:24 PM the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire on the 200 block of E Parkview Drive. Initial dispatch reports indicated that heavy flames and smoke was coming from the home and residents were attempting to put out the flames with a garden hose. The occupants were able [...]

EMS Week: GJFD Hiring, Investing in Paramedics

Grand Junction Fire Department needs paramedics. Currently the department is hiring three paramedic positions, and recently celebrated the graduation and promotion of two GJFD firefighters that the department sponsored through paramedic school to meet the needs of the department and the community.   To become a paramedic, a person must already hold a valid EMT certification. Once the individual has gained the necessary experience in [...]

Getting Creative with EMS Programs

Recently Grand Junction Fire Department piloted two new programs: one to hire and train new EMTs, and another using a CMU social work intern to address the needs of patients that frequently use EMS. Last year GJFD opened its first ever recruitment for candidates who held no certifications. According to Deputy Chief Gus Hendricks, “The goal was to hire [...]