GJ Fire Crews Prepare to Move into New Facility
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- While their permanent station is being renovated, crews with Grand Junction Fire Station Two have been calling a once vacant home their temporary station for the last five months. Station Two, located on Patterson Road in Grand Junction, was built in 1992, and officials say, was in need of an upgrade. This renovation costs nearly $680,000 and adds over 1,100 square feet to the station. “As you could tell, this house is a lot older than the station we have been in,” said Gareth Parks, fire fighter with the Grand Junction Fire Department. These fire fighters know it’s only temporary, since the station’s renovations are nearly complete. “The other side of it is, we are going to have extra bedrooms, so we are able to staff another ambulance out there especially with how busy we are,” said Parks. This station is the most demanding in the city, serving more than 25,000 residents on the north side of Grand Junction. Once construction is finished, Deputy Dire Chief Jim Bright says they will add additional assistance. “The most requested services up here are for emergency medical needs,” said Bright. “So we have increased the capacity of 6 up to 8 now.” The station reopening also means proper housing for emergency equipment, which has been left out in all sorts of arid temperatures during construction. “It takes affect on the computers and the EMS equipment especially,” said Parks. “Some of it gets too hot and quits working. Same with it being too cold, some of the stuff won’t work.” Since their current house is short of storage, fire fighters say their also excited to be able to store more things like uniforms in this new facility, that they have been taking home everyday. Fire crews are expected to move in at the end of August.