East Orchard Mesa Fire Station Set for Expansion
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo. - The East Orchard Mesa Fire Department has been experiencing some growing pains over the last several years.
Rob Talbott has been the Fire Chief for the last 10 years and as long as he can remember, their station has been a little too small.
"The biggest challenge is that we either have to pull the tender out or the engine out in order to get access to [other vehicles]," said Talbott.
It's not only inconvenient to get vehicles out, it's also tough to get fire fighters in. Making it hard for them to get to their equipment quickly.
"With the equipment being so tight in here it makes it difficult to do training exercises as well as doing maintenance," said Talbott.
Over the last decade, the small crew has saved up $45,000 to expand their station to fit all of their vehicles comfortably.
"If we got just a small brush fire, rather than pulling the engine out, we'll be able to just take the brush truck and handle that particular fire," said Talbott.
With about a month left of construction, the chief is looking forward to the benefits the new space will bring.
"It will enhance our ability to get the right equipment to the scene," said Talbott.
The East Orchard Mesa Fire Department is one of 10 departments in mesa county that heavily rely on volunteers, if you're interested in volunteering as a fire fighter, call Chief Talbott at 970-986-0498.