Station 6 Grand Opening
On November 9th, 2020 Grand Junction Fire Department held an opening ceremony with a hose uncoupling for the new Station 6. Members of the station crew, administrative staff, city officials, contractors and builders gathered to celebrate. Fire Chief Watkins, Local 2808 member Hazelhurst, members of the city and building committee spoke during the ceremony. The event included station tours and refreshments. The ceremony was held privately to maintain health compliance. The station will be home to a truck company, paramedic ambulance, and a day-time ambulance dedicated to inter-facility transports with the capability to fill-in for 911. The crew of this station are trained to cross-staff both a Type 3 wildland engine and two ATVs for desert rescue. Station 6 will be the primary mutual aid station for the Grand Junction Regional Airport. A second battalion chief is planned to be added in the department’s 5 – 10-year plan.
Station 6 will serve over 10,000 residents in their first-due response area of 6.69 square miles. Truck 6 and Ambulance 6 will protect 3,733 homes and 129 businesses which continue to grow. The station will be home to 22 first responders across three shifts. The station is designed with safety in mind for carcinogen reduction, response times, and healthy sleep cycles, made possible by a state of the art station alerting system based on unit assignments, exhaust removal systems, clean-cab apparatus, and PPE free zones. The station was built in under 8 months by over 20 different subcontractors, allowing for an on-time opening.
This is the first of three stations built with the 2018 City of Grand Junction First Responder Tax. The tax funds the firefighter positions for each station and the construction of each station. Station 8 is scheduled for 2022 and will serve the Pear Park area and Station 7 is scheduled for 2024, serving the Appleton area. Station 8 will reduce Station 4’s call volume while Station 7 will help alleviate Station 3’s call volume.